Kentucky is well positioned to start the season 2-0 after an 0-2 start last year. Coach Mark Stoops’ squad is coming off a 24-17 win against Southern Miss, and now the Wildcats will host Eastern Kentucky at noon ET Saturday.
In the latest Zaxby’s Sound Off episode, SEC Country Kentucky writers Kyle Tucker and Joe Mussatto preview the Wildcats’ matchup against the Colonels, and discuss the good, bad and ugly from Week 1.
- The good: It might not’ve been pretty, but Kentucky notched the all-important win on Saturday. The Wildcats weren’t flashy, but the result went their way — something that couldn’t be said last season. And while the performance was far from perfect, there were positive takeaways from Kentucky’s standpoint. The defense was solid, the punting problems disappeared and Stephen Johnson and C.J. Conrad finally connected. (0:18)
- The bad: Kentucky’s offensive line was thought to be a strong suit of the team, but the Cats managed just 2.2 yards per carry in Week 1. Not only that, but Kentucky collected just 254 total yards against Southern Miss. The underlying good is that it’s only a one-game sample size. The offensive line is still working toward continuity, and Benny Snell and the run game are sure to improve. But there’s no doubt Kentucky’s offense has to get better when the SEC slate starts. (3:36)
- The ugly: Lynn Bowden, Kentucky’s heralded freshman, took to Twitter after the game in what looked like frustration at his lack of playing time. Bowden only saw a few snaps against Southern Miss, but Stoops was quick to say the tweets were “no issue.” Stoops said he had a quick conversation with Bowden. Might we see more of Bowden in Week 2, or will his comments hold him back? (7:37)
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