The Kentucky Wildcats are heading into Tiger Stadium to take on the LSU Tigers on Saturday afternoon and it’s going to be a good one.
LSU earned the right to be the top team in the nation after navigating their way through an insane early season schedule that included wins over No. 3 Oregon, No. 25 Mississippi State and No. 16 West Virginia in their first four games.
They now have to deal with the Wildcats, who have had a down year and are 2-2 on the season with losses to Florida and Louisville.
Kentucky toppled a No. 1-ranked LSU before, back in 2007 when they beat them 43-37 in double-overtime.
It was a much different Wildcats team back then however, and the Tigers should have no problem tearing them apart as they continue to hold down the No. 1 ranking.
Keep reading to find out more about this SEC matchup on Saturday.
Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA.
When: 12:21 p.m. EDT
Listen: 101.7 WildcatsRadio, LSU 1210 AM
Betting Line: LSU -30
Take the points here. LSU isn’t great at covering huge spreads like this as evidenced by them giving 50 points to a terrible Northwestern St. program and failing to cover.
The Wildcats aren’t that bad this season and should put up some sort of fight against the Tigers. I see them losing by 28 or so.
What’s at Stake?
For LSU, a loss would completely derail a season that has a chance to end with another Les Miles-era BCS National Championship.
They wouldn’t be taken seriously if they fall to an unranked team that has no chance of being great this season and has already been seriously beat down by Florida.
Kentucky would love to go out there and steal a huge game and put themselves back in Bowl/AP Poll contention but it’s highly unlikely.
Kentucky Injury Report
RB Raymond Sanders: OUT (knee)
Sanders had surgery earlier this month to repair a tear in his knee cartilage. He was being replaced by this next guy.
RB Josh Clemons: QST (hamstring)
Clemons suffered a strained hammy against Florida and hasn’t been practicing. CoShik Williams and Jonathan George will be the RBs if Clemons can’t go.
LSU Injury Report
QB Jordan Jefferson: OUT (suspended)
Jarrett Lee has been guiding this team just fine without the preseason starter Jefferson. He is out after turning himself in on an arrest warrant stemming from a bar fight.
OG Josh Dworaczyk: OUT (knee)
This guy was starting for 23 straight games before going down with a knee injury and his return is up in the air this season.
What They’re Saying
Scott Rabalais at The Advocate is saying that the LSU defensive backs aren’t pleased with their performance against WVU and they are looking to get better. He also notes:
“When the Tigers returned to practice this week, as expected they got the fistful of negative stats from defensive coordinator John Chavis and an earful about their play overall.”
John Clay at KentuckySports.com is wondering if lightning could strike twice for Kentucky upsetting No. 1 LSU.
"'Granted, just because it happened once, that's not a guaranteed thing that it will happen again,' UK defensive back Mikie Benton admitted on Monday.”
Not a good sign when one of the players doesn’t even fully believe they can win.
Kentucky Player To Watch: La’Rod King
King is the Wildcats' leading wide receiver and is far ahead of everyone else on the team in yards, touchdowns and receptions.
The 6'4" beast is going to have to have a heck of a game in order for the Wildcats to have a chance of pulling off the upset.
LSU Player To Watch: Jarrett Lee
This guy is shaky and starting in place of the team's No. 1 offseason QB. You never know if or when he will go off the rails but it’s always worth monitoring his status.
If Lee continues to play well, Jefferson won’t have a spot if or when he returns from suspension.
Key Matchup: LSU secondary vs. UK passing game
LSU’s secondary gave up 463 passing yards and 106 yards after broken tackles against WVU.
If they look bad against Kentucky, it’s not a good sign for their national title hopes.
Prediction: LSU 42 Kentucky 14