A dozen notes from the Louisville’s 42-31 loss to No. 2-ranked Florida State last night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium:
- The crowd of 55,414 was the second-largest at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and despite the loss was certainly treated to an entertaining game.
- Jameis Winston played most of the second half on a gimpy ankle and still finished with 401 passing yards and three touchdowns, though the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was intercepted three times.
- As impressive as was Winston, true freshman running back Dalvin Cook gained 110 yards on nine carries, including touchdown runs of 38 and 40 yards. Florida State’s first 28 points of second half were scored by freshmen.
As Kentucky makes its final preparations for Saturday’s game at Missouri, head coach Mark Stoops talks about trying to get the team’s first road win since 2010.
UK defensive end Bud Dupree talks about what it would be like if the Cats could win at Missouri this weekend.
Here’s a look at Missouri’s game-by-game stats as Kentucky prepares to make the trip to Mizzou on Saturday.
Standouts: Missouri gained just 119 yards total offense but still managed to win 42-13 at Florida. The Missouri defense has allowed less than 300 yards total offense in each of its last two games, both wins.
After Wednesday’s practice, UK defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot talked about the intensive effort to improve the Cats’ tackling given the many whiffs last week against No. 1-ranked Mississippi State.
Through eight games, Kentucky’s defense has allowed 15 runs of 20+ yards this season, including eight in the last two games. Here’s a look:
Some Big Blue Links and notes:
David Paschall of the Chattanooga Times Free Press picks Kentucky to beat Missouri 24-21. Vandy coach Derek Mason, who has played both Mizzou and the Cats, gives the edge to Kentucky.
Mizzou is hoping last Saturday was turning point for shaky quarterback Maty Mauk, writes David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Missouri’s coaches think Mauk relied more on instincts against Vanderbilt, which is a good thing.
Missouri left its third-down struggles behind against Vanderbilt, reports Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star. The Tigers went 18 straight third downs without a conversion during one stretch this season.
No discouraging words here for the first offering from the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, which released its initial rankings Tuesday night.
Ole Miss at No. 4? No problem with that. The Rebels own a signature win over Alabama. They lost last weekend at LSU in a game that, if nor for a clock-management snafu at game’s end, they easily could have won or at least taken to overtime. They own one of the nation’s best defenses.
As for the SEC West having three of the top four teams — and it is a four-team playoff — as Brent Musburger said, “Deal with it.”
No one has more wins over Top 10 teams than Mississippi State. Auburn’s only loss is to Mississippi State, and the Tigers have wins over LSU (41-7) and at Kansas State. And we’ve already talked about Ole Miss.
More on the awful news that Julius Randle, the former Kentucky forward, suffered a fractured tibia in his right leg Tuesday night during his NBA regular-season debut with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Here’s Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:
Rookie Julius Randle sustained a broken tibia in his right leg and was carted off on a stretcher after a collision with two Rockets players in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 108-90 loss in their season opener Tuesday.
Randle was driving past Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas when he lost his balance and ran into Motiejunas and center Tarik Black.
His entire right leg was in an air cast as teammates helped load him onto the stretcher at Staples Center.
Randle, the seventh overall pick in the draft, is expected to have surgery as early as Wednesday and will probably miss the entire season. He had two points on one-for-three shooting in 13 minutes when he left the game.