BBL: Cats-Gators and Big Blue Madness Campout

Big Blue Links for Friday:

  • Believe it or not, Kentucky has not scored an offensive touchdown in the first quarter since the regular-season finale against Tennessee in 2010. Jen Smith of the Herald-Leader writes that Joker Phillips is tweaking things in hope of a faster start Saturday at Florida.
  • Now this one hurts. The Gainesville Sun’s Kevin Brockway writes that Kentucky football has been a consistent non-factor in the SEC. The stats don’t lie.
  • The Herald-Leader has some key stats to get you ready for Saturday’s game, which is set for a 12:21 p.m. kickoff on the SEC Network.
  • You knew it would ultimately come to this: Billy Gillispie resigned as basketball coach at Texas Tech, though we doubt is of his own choice.
  • Kentucky’s basketball players did some socializing with those participating in the Big Blue Madness campout at Memorial Coliseum.
  • Nerlens Noel took a little spill in a pickup game at UK.
  • The Kentucky Kernel continues its in-depth look at the football program as a whole. Les Johns reports that changing the football coach may not be the answer to UK’s problems.
  • John Pennington of Mr. SEC makes the case that, considering Kentucky’s youth, Joker Phillips deserves another year no matter what happens the rest of this season.
  • Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel says that Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel has no choice but to¬†live in Tim Tebow’s shadow.
  • Kentucky will redshirt running back Josh Clemons and safety Glenn Faulkner as both players have yet to come back from their pre-season injuries. Larry Vaught thinks that’s a good thing for the future of the program.
  • If Western Kentucky can come to Lexington and upset UK, can Kentucky go to Gainesville and upset the Gators? Jon Hale of KyForward says that the Cats’ goal Saturday against the Gators.
  • Meanwhile, down in Gator Country, Miami Herald’s Matt Watts reports that Florida’s receivers are starting to live up to their potential. Frankie Hammond has been a big-play threat.
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