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Kentucky Wildcats Afternoon Quickies: Thanksgiving Day Edition

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Good afternoon and Happy Thanksgiving from Bally’s in fabulous Las Vegas. We are on our annual holiday trip out there, and as usual, it’s just what the doctor ordered in terms of a nice break away from work. I hope you are all enjoying your Thanksgiving, hopefully with your family and/or friends, and I wish the happiest and most comprehensive blessings of the season for all of you who read A Sea of Blue, and all in the Big Blue Nation.

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Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
  • Kentucky-Louisville game about pride, post-season. Yes, this is probably a more important game to Kentucky than to Louisville, but the Cardinals will definitely come to play. The question is, can Kentucky stop some of Louisville’s most dangerous offensive targets?

  • Excellent breakdown of Kentucky’s football team over at Card Chronicle:

    There’s not a lot of positive to say about a defense that has given up 113 points in their last two games. They’ve also given up at least 40 points in four of the last five games. They have one of the worst redzone defenses in the country, only stopping the opposing team from scoring twice all year. Their third down defense is in the bottom third of the nation, also. They aren’t particularly good at anything specific and they’ve folded against good competition. However, they do have some players that could cause problems for Louisville’s offense

    You may not want to hear it, but he’s talking about us like a Dutch uncle. The defense has very little to recommend it, particularly after recent efforts. There is no justifiable reason to assume they will be a lot better on Saturday.

  • Also at Card Chronicle, Chris Gehring agrees with me that this time of year is the best place for the Louisville-Kentucky game.

    Here’s the thing — if UK wins this game, we are unexpectedly bowl-eligible. That adds a dimension, and a storyline to the rivalry that has been completely missing when it was the first game of the season. This game needed to be meaningful beyond just the rivalry context, and this placement will make it very often the difference between a bowl and no bowl, or a great bowl and a middling, meaningless bowl.

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  • Rivalries still beat college football playoff. I think this is right, and it was always one of the more cogent objections to a playoff, the fact that it would negatively impact traditional bowl games with long-developed rivalries.
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