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Friday Headlines: Gameday Eve Edition

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Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue

Good morning BBN.

We’re just one more sleep away from the first true college football gameday arriving, which includes the Kentucky Wildcats’ 2022 season-opener vs. the Miami RedHawks.

We got a nice appetizer with the Week 0 games and last night’s warm-up slate, featuring an entertaining return of the Backyard Brawl.

So, in addition to UK, what other games are you looking forward to in the first full week of college football?

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Tough Times Make JJ Weaver Even Tougher Player
Kentucky linebacker JJ Weaver has been through more than his share of difficult times during his career at Kentucky. Now, he hopes that the character those events have helped him build, along with the fact that he is fully healthy, can add up to a big season in 2022.

UK Athletics Launches “BBNIL Exchange”
“Kentucky is a powerhouse in the SEC with a brand that spreads across the world,” INFLCR Founder & CEO Jim Cavale said. “As INFLCR’s first ever client, it’s an exciting day to provide Kentucky with a new piece of NIL technology that will bring student-athletes and Big Blue Nation even closer together. With no shortage of local or national supporters, the BBNIL Exchange will maximize NIL opportunities for all current and future Wildcats.”

Kentucky outperforming expectations in 247Sports Team Talent Composite
Released annually since 2015, the Team Talent Composite is a metric that examines and ranks every FBS team--accounting for transfers, dismissals and other early departures-- based on how their players were rated in high school, was released Thursday.

Miami (Ohio) has handful of Kentucky natives on roster
A handful of Miami (Ohio) players will be returning home when Kentucky hosts the MAC program on Saturday.

Mark Stoops, Kentucky are ready to strap it up
Mark Stoops is sick of the talking season. The head coach is ready to see his 10th Kentucky team on the field in a real game.

Is Dan Mullen a Genius? Former Florida Coach Shares Excellent Preseason Predictions
While many analysts are fawning over Scott Satterfield and Malik Cunningham, Dan Mullen is picking Louisville to finish last in the ACC Atlantic division.

Kenneth Horsey trending in right direction ahead of season opener
On Kentucky's Week 1 depth chart, redshirt freshman Jager Burton is listed as the starter at left guard ahead of Horsey and likely will still start as the veteran continues to get back to full strength.

Injured UConn women's basketball star Paige Bueckers to bypass early WNBA draft entry, return to Huskies for 2023-24 season
UConn women's basketball star Paige Bueckers said Thursday that while she will be age-eligible to declare for the 2023 WNBA draft, she will return to UConn for the 2023-24 season despite being sidelined this upcoming season with an ACL injury.

Tennessee Titans lose top pass-rusher Harold Landry to torn ACL
Landry's three sacks in the divisional round of the 2021 playoffs were a part of the Titans' postseason record-tying nine sacks in a single game. He was one of three Titans to be named to the Pro Bowl last season.

Saints safety Marcus Maye arrested for aggravated assault with firearm
New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Maye was arrested on Thursday on a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm, per Jefferson Parish (Louisiana) inmate records. Maye, 29, signed with New Orleans this offseason on a three-year, $28.5 million deal.

Next Gen Stats: New advanced metrics you NEED to know for the 2022 NFL season
The Next Gen Stats Analytics Team explains new advanced metrics for the 2022 NFL season, including Coverage Classification and Expected Return Yards on kickoffs and punts.

This Group Has Rerouted 250 Million Pounds of Food From Landfills to Feed Needy
Based in Southern California, Food Forward have mastered the logistical challenge of rerouting produce destined for landfills to communities that need it. SoCal is both the largest exporter and importer of produce in the country, making them perfectly placed.