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Three Things To Watch and TV Info for in Kentucky vs. Missouri

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Coming off a blowout loss at No. 1 Tennessee, Kentucky is looking to avoid a losing streak on the road against a frisky Missouri team.

Missouri coming off a very good win at No. 25 South Carolina, and the momentum on their side. The Tigers are looking to continue it with a win against a Kentucky team who has had their number for the most part since Stoops arrived at Kentucky, winning 6 out of the last 7 against the Tigers.

This year, however, the stats of these teams are very similar showing two teams with solid defenses and struggling offenses. They are both averaging 23.9 points per game while giving up about 20 points per game.

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Both defenses give up an average of 310 yards per game, with the bulk of that coming through the air. Contrary to that, both offenses have leaned toward the passing game, but are capable of running the ball as well.

Given their similarities, let’s look at some things to watch for and could decide the game on Saturday.

Can the defense play through injuries?

Giving up 44 points to an explosive Tennessee offense, it is fair to say the defense struggled last week, despite only giving up 7 in the first quarter.

This week, Kentucky will have to be able to stop the run, but that becomes more challenging as they will likely be without their two senior starting linebackers Jacquez Jones and Deandre Square.

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Without the two captains of the defense, Kentucky might struggle, especially early in the game. If sophomore Trevin Wallace can step in and contribute in Square’s place on Saturday, in what should be a low-scoring game, that would be big for the Wildcats.

The biggest question will be if Kentucky can get off the field on third down after struggling to do last week, allowing the Volunteers to convert on five of their twelve opportunities.

Can Kentucky move the ball?

Kentucky is coming off their worst offensive performance of the season, scoring just 6 points on a total of 205 yards against one of the worst defenses in the country.

This week, Kentucky must improve and move the ball downfield.

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Kentucky has the playmakers at wide receiver to be able to move the ball, but they have not been effective in the passing game since early in the season. With that said, the offensive line needs to be able to protect Levis long enough to be able to maintain a downfield passing game.

Running the ball effectively would certainly help the passing game by allowing the Wildcats to create opportunities for Levis and the receivers. However, Rodriguez’s status for Saturday is TBD determined after Stoops confirmed he suffered an injury in last weekend’s loss.

The biggest question for the offense in recent weeks has been the play calling of Scangarello and the conservative nature of it. Will Scangarello and Stoops open up the playbook and allow Levis to throw the ball downfield?

If Levis can get going in this game it will help build some much-needed momentum.

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Can Kentucky limit the special teams mistakes?

Despite not being an area to typically focus on, Kentucky has been killed in the kicking game this season whether it be bad snaps, bad kicks, or just bad luck.

Leaving a number amount of points on the field this season due to special teams errors is not a recipe for success and could be attributed to the Ole Miss loss. In a game where points may be at a premium, the Wildcats will need every point they can get.


With a likely loss to Georgia, this game will decide if Kentucky can still finish 8-4 in the regular season.

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Time/Date: 12:00 pm ET on Saturday, November 5th, 2022
Location: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri
TV Channel: SEC Network
Online Stream: WatchESPNESPN+, or the ESPN app
Radio: Tom Leach and Jeff Piecoro have the UK radio network call on 630AM, 98.1 FM in Lexington, and the UK Sports Network.
Replay: WatchESPN and SEC Network (check local listings).
Rosters: UK | Mizzou
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Mark Stoops Provides Update on Offensive Coordinator Search, Who Will Call Plays for Bowl Game

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With the reports that Kentucky is narrowing the search for their next offensive coordinator, the Big Blue Nation was awaiting the weekly Mark Stoops press conference on Monday, and quite literally broke the Facebook page for some time.

After Stoops opened up with his opening statement, citing that he was thankful for the opportunity to play in another Bowl game and that he just came out of a meeting, the questions started firing. While he didn’t break the headlines with his answers, he provided some important information.

When asked about the reasoning behind the change at offensive coordinator there were many reasons for the change, but “guarded” those reasons out of respect for Rich Scangarello. However, he did express that he is not interested in “running a play every 37 or 38 seconds.”

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Instead, Stoops emphasized that he wants to push it downfield and create more explosive plays. With freshmen like Dane Key and Barion Brown, there is good reason for that and it will play a large role in the hire.

Voicing his excitement and optimism, Stoops said he is not rushing the hire, even with the importance of the portal, it is “vitally important to hire the right guy.”

As to any hint about who the right guy may be, that wasn’t given. Yet, as Stoops has built the program, there is more interest than ever. Stoops mentioned that he is talking to “several guys”, speaking to most of them over the past week, but with another coming this week.

Stoops was sure to mention that some of the ‘candidates’ proposed by the media and fans in recent days were “way off”. Just how far off, we will have to wait and see.

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With that said, Stoops did have news on who will be calling plays for the bowl game, citing that it will be a “group effort” and specifically naming guys on the staff like Scott Woodward and Josh Estes-Waugh, who are “more than qualified” to call plays.

The last piece of news from the press conferences is on the search for a new running back/special teams coach. While no name was mentioned, Stoops seemed confident that he found his guy, saying “I have a person in mind that I am going to hire.”

Here is the press conference in its entirety.

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Scott Satterfield Is Leaving Louisville, to Be Named Cincinnati’s Next Head Coach

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Scott Satterfield is the gift that keeps on giving to Louisville’s rivals, and on Monday morning, he gave one last gift. Reports have surfaced that Satterfield will be leaving Louisville to take the head coach position at Cincinnati following Luke Fickell’s departure to Wisconsin.

Despite a 25-24 record through four seasons with the Cardinals, Satterfield is now getting an opportunity to take over a program that just went to the College Football Playoff in 2021, being the first school to do so from the Group of Five. However, the Bearcats prepare to enter the Big 12 Conference as of the 2023-2024 academic year.

This will force Louisville to find yet another coach and will break up a top-20 recruiting class that featured eight four-star and five-star commitments. Not to mention, this should allow Kentucky to regain some recruiting territory in Ohio, given how Satterfield has struggled to recruit against the Wildcats.

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With that said, it is unfortunate that he will no longer be taunted with L’s down and a loss to Kentucky on an annual basis, but fans will always have this picture of him throwing an L’s down to remember him by.

Ironically enough, Cincinnati (9-3) and Louisville (7-5) are scheduled to play each other on Dec. 17 in the Fenway Bowl. Which sideline will Satterfield be on?

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Four-Star UK Commit Teases About Playing with Top QB Transfer Cade McNamara

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It has been a very news-hectic week in the college football world with many players entering the transfer portal – before it officially opens on Dec. 7th – just days after the regular season came to a close.

Stoops and the coaching core that will remain for next season must hit the transfer portal hard this offseason, predominantly replacing Will Levis at the quarterback position. Four-star commit and incoming Kentucky wide-out Shamar Porter, teased who he wanted to play with via Instagram.

Cade McNamara, the former Michigan Wolverine, and four-star recruit, hit the portal after a year that consisted of just three games of action and 1 touchdown after losing the starting job to J.J. McCarthy.

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(Photo via shamar.porterr /Instagram)

As for the context of the Instagram post, Porter is from Nashville, Tennessee, and played football with Kyle and Jake McNamara through high school football and several Tennessee high school football circuits.

In 2021 McNamara led Michigan to their first College Football Playoff appearance. That 12-2 season and winning the Big Ten Championship in 2021 is where all the buzz comes from.

Let’s take a look at some traits of McNamara’s game, courtesy of The Draft Network.

Pros

  • Plays it safe and takes what the defense gives him.
  • Can throw on the run with good ball placement and accuracy.
  • Consistent demeanor, never getting too high or too low.

Cons

  • His “safe” and game-manager style causes him to leave points on the field.
  • Struggles with throwing the deep ball, completing 39% of his attempts over 20 yards.
  • Not a true running threat.

Given his skill set and experiences, McNamara would be more than welcome to play for the Wildcats next year. Yet, with several open coaching positions on the offensive side of the ball, it could take a few weeks for Kentucky to find their guy.

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