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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Pikeville Bears Edition

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Nation. Kentucky football falls to Missouri 20-10. Men's basketball plays Pikeville tonight in exhibition. More.

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The postmortem will be along a bit later after I have time to watch the second half. But in case anyone has forgotten (and I seriously doubt anyone has), the basketball team makes it’s official pre-season debut tonight against the Pikeville Bears.

Tweet of the Morning

Most days, this would be darn funny. Today it just generates a forlorn smile.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
  • Coaches explain the loss, plus a kind-of injury update. I think the conscious decision to run the ball more was well-conceived, but it manifestly failed. So in retrospect, with perfect hindsight, you’d have to say it was a poor one.

    I get that coaches are human and imperfect, but you have to "dance with who brung ya." Running the football was not the date we took to the prom, and I would’ve thought that the staff would’ve figured that out sooner than they did. Then again, second-guessing the coaching is the most facile form of fandom.

  • John Clay says maturity was the issue. I think that’s right and, it dovetails nicely with Bill Connelly’s observation that Kentucky was "…young, fun, and dumb." Yesterday, we were just young and dumb.

  • Towles was unable to explain his troubles yesterday. I have no trouble explaining it — he has only nine starts at quarterback.

  • Mark Stoops’ post-game comments:

    Hat tip: John Clay

  • Neal Brown’s post-game comments:

    Hat tip: John Clay

  • D.J. Eliot’s post-game comments:

    Hat tip: John Clay

  • Rock M Nation’s post-game analysis.

  • Love the optimism. I think he’s right.

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College football
  • Auburn survives Ole Miss, sure to move up in the polls. Looks like Ole Miss is out of the CFB Playoff picture with two losses. There was a terrible injury in that game as well.

  • Steve Spurrier loses in overtime to Tennessee, loses his composure with the media as well. Vintage.

  • Notre Dame finds tough sledding in Annapolis, but manages an unimpressive 49-39 victory. Consider this:

    Navy can cause fits for any defense. Notre Dame has had one of college football’s best defensive units this season, holding opponents to 19.1 points per game coming into this one and holding a potent Florida State offense to a relatively low 31 points their last time out.

    We saw Navy give Ohio State a hard time earlier this year, and they were able to rack up 336 rushing yards against the Irish with 39 points – notably more than the ‘Noles. Next week, against the nation’s top-ranked rushing offense in Georgia Southern, should be fun.

    This says it all about Navy’s offense:

    Navy doesn’t run the split veer, but a variation called the "flexbone" that always has one back in motion.

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