Kentucky mailbag: Talking football and food before the Cats’ home opener

Kentucky opens its home slate at noon ET on Saturday at Kroger Field when the Wildcats host Eastern Kentucky. We had some fun with this week’s mailbag, talking football and food.

We’ll be taking your questions every week on Twitter at: @KyleTucker_SEC, @joe_mussatto and @SECCountryUK. Then every Wednesday you can find the answers here.

Let’s get to it.

Silas Arnold @Silas_James: After one week of college football, which games on our schedule do you feel better/worse?

Joe: It’s hard to gauge anything after one week, so I’m not ready to change my predictions. I think we’ll know a lot more after Saturday. A couple things did stand out though. Kentucky’s road game at South Carolina next weekend is going to be a huge test. South Carolina got a big win over N.C. State and now we’ll see what the Gamecocks do on the road this weekend at Missouri. I picked South Carolina to beat Kentucky and I plan on sticking with that. I’m also staying with my pick that Kentucky will beat Tennessee. I think Florida is a game Kentucky fans might be able to be cautiously optimistic about. I picked the Gators — it’s hard to bet against the streak — but Florida’s offense has work to do.

Old Fuddy @jrnall2: My kid asked if I could make chili without the beans. Is 9 years old too early to expect her to provide for herself?

Kyle: Fuddy, buddy, first things first: At 9 years old, your daughter is old enough to hear the the truth. Chili without beans is soup. Stew, at best. With that out of the way, no, it is not too early to tell her to get a job if she wants to turn perfectly good chili into soup. Make a child soup, feed her for a day. Teach a child to buy her own dang soup, feed her for a lifetime.

Metz Camfield @MetzCamfield: I know y’all don’t get to tailgate at football games often, but what would a power rankings of your top five tailgate food items look like?

Kyle: Metz Camfield, has anyone ever told you that your name sounds like a fictional private investigator? 1) Sausage/cheese dip because it is sausage and cheese and you can dip things in it or drink it through a very wide straw, 2) wings, 3) pulled pork, 4) grilled dogs/burgers because not enough meat to kill me yet, 5) cardiac paddle.

Joe: Just give me breakfast tacos before this noon kickoff Saturday and I’ll be happy.

Stephen Huntsman @ThirdandVermont: Let’s combine those topics. What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten AT A VENUE when covering UK basketball or football?

Kyle: This is a terrific question, because while there is one undeniably great thing about press box food — free! — the quality is often middling at best. I usually try to find an awesome local restaurant to eat before games (Pawleys Front Porch if you’re traveling to Columbia, S.C., next week), but sometimes that isn’t an option. I’ve found that LSU football typically has a strong media buffet and, more importantly, cold beer in the press box after games. (Unless that has recently changed, which would be a travesty.)

Clay McGraw @cmcgraw92: Looking at the game with King in the wildcat, is there a more effective way to get him the ball and make big plays and produce more?

Joe: That’s a great point. Benny Snell’s running style looks more suited out of the wildcat. He’s a guy that can get 2 to 3 yards out of it when you need him to. King struggled to get anything going last Saturday, averaging 1.5 yards on 8 carries. King fits more of the Boom Williams mold, and I think Eddie Gran will try to work him more outside of the tackles than between them. He might also be an option in the passing game out of the backfield. I just don’t know if they feel comfortable with him yet. There are a lot of question marks in the backfield. Kentucky went from having three key contributors in Snell, Williams and Jojo Kemp to now having just Snell as the only proven player. We should get a better idea of usage after this EKU game.

Brian @BlueWhiteUK: Early prediction … Bowl Game win or Final Four? (maybe both)

Kyle: I think there’s a reasonable shot at both for Kentucky. So much depends on the matchup and whether the Wildcats are thrilled to be in their bowl game or disappointed it wasn’t a better one. For the basketball team, this could be a bumpy road early, but the pieces are good enough that if John Calipari’s youngest team yet puts them all together by March, Final Four is possible. Given the nature of the tournament — one bad day and you’re done — and that uncertainty of youth, I’ll say a bowl victory is more likely than a Final Four this year. (Next year, though, Calipari could  have another super team on his hands).

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