Are there advantages to opening the season on the road?

08/29/2017 05:12 PM

Kentucky football’s season opener at Southern Miss on Saturday is the first time the Wildcats have opened the season with a true road game under head coach Mark Stoops.

As Stoops enters his fifth season, he sees advantages to opening the season on the road.

“I know we’re going to be fired up and excited for the opener,” Stoops said during Monday’s press conference. “How can you not be? But it’s about containing those emotions and playing with some poise and the heat and the first game of the year I think we left a lot in the locker room. I talk about it a year ago, we went in there at halftime and there was not a lot of energy left. We have to learn from that. We have to be able to make sure we have more depth, we have to play a lot of guys early in this game and rotate some guys in to have some in our tank to play in the second half. But I think emotionally players have to learn how to deal with that. That’s where playing on the road hopefully will help you.”

Bradley McKee and Mark Krebs join TJ Beisner to discuss what advantages there are from playing the season opener on the road.

Kentucky kicks off the season at Southern Miss on Saturday at 4 p.m. The game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton is a Producer for Spectrum News. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and he lives and breathes UK Basketball, making him the perfect fit to produce KSTV. That’s Kentucky’s only nightly half-hour show dedicated solely to UK sports. You can watch it weeknights at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News. Follow Clayton on twitter @ClaySTV1 to stay updated on the latest UK Basketball and recruiting news or to follow his amateur competitive eating endeavors. He once ate thirteen cheese Coney hot dogs in one sitting…on his lunch break.

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