Happy Saturday, Big Blue Nation!
We are a week removed from a game in which the Kentucky Wildcats looked, shall we say, lackluster. They eked out a win over the Chattanooga Mocs by a margin of five while the spread was somewhere around -31. The offense was stuck in the mud and the defense, for the most part, let Chattanooga march up and down the field.
Offensive coordinator Liam Coen admitted after the game that he didn’t plan well for the Mocs and that his team had a bad day of practice the day before. It was clear that the team wasn’t focused on the task at hand and they almost paid for it.
I don’t expect that lack of focus in tonight’s match up in Columbia against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Cats are favored in the game tonight even though it’s their first road test of the season. Shane Beamer has a difficult job ahead of him with the mess that Will Muschamp left his his wake.
This is a bounce back opportunity for the Cats ahead of a three game stretch that includes Florida, LSU, and at Georgia. It’s important that Kentucky wins tonight and, for confidence purposes, it’s important that they look good doing it.
Tweets of the Day
Mark Stoops is pleased with how Kentucky practiced this week | Cats Pause- Kentucky’s number one issue this season has been sloppy play. Good to read that they were more focused this week.
Three keys to victory | KSR- The final key here is the most important to me.
Week 4 bold predictions | SDS- I’m all in favor of the “real Kentucky” standing up in Columbia tonight.
Alli Stumler leads Cats to a conference opening sweep | UK Athletics- 10 digs and 10 kills is a recipe for a successful game.
Chris Livingston is a do-it-all type of player | Vaught’s Views- The more I read about Livingston the more excited I’m getting at the prospect of how good he can be for the Cats.
South Carolina vs. Kentucky game preview | Garnet and Black Attack- Gamecock fans view this as a “toss up” type game while Kentucky fans feel pretty confident that they’re getting the dub.
Game predictions | Cats Illustrated- The turnover trend and the hostile crowd are two things that could derail a 4-0 start for the Cats.
Storylines for Kentucky at South Carolina | WDRB- The Cats have owned the Gamecocks as of late and that should continue tonight.
Reed Sheppard on unofficial visit to UK | Cats Pause- John Calipari also just visited Sheppard. Could the Cats be close to a commitment from the rising star?
Notre Dame and Wisconsin at Soldier Field | USA Today- The Fighting Irish are the unofficial college football team of Chicago (sorry Northwestern) and the atmosphere should be pretty cool at Soldier Field.
I’ll be on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife UK Postgame Show tonight after the game! Join me and hear Mark Stoops’ press conference and sound from players after the game!