Preview And Prediction: Kentucky vs. Miami (OH)

09/06/2013 04:17 PM

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Why Kentucky Could Win

Yes, the Wildcats lost the game last week, but the team did not roll over when the going got rough like it did last year. That’s great news going forward, because that loss won’t kill their spirit. The loss to the Hilltoppers could help the team focus on the small details that need to be corrected and maybe give them a little more fire in their belly.

Naming a starting quarterback well before game time doesn’t hurt either. Sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith had a week to prepare mentally and physically for the game. Smith went 8/13 (61.5%) against WKU and racked up 125 yards, averaging 9.5 per completion. Give him a whole game and the boost of confidence from the staff naming him the starter and Smith will greatly improve those numbers.

Plus, some of the freshmen play makers on offense got all the nerves out last weekend and will be ready to play a big part in tomorrow’s game. While senior running back Raymond Sanders anchors the offensive production, freshman wide receiver Ryan Timmons will be over his big fumble and ready to redeem himself. Freshman running back JoJo Kemp is also poised to have a huge game, as predicted by our Xbox simulation.

Why Kentucky Could Lose

This team is still young and unproven on the field. There were too many mental errors against WKU and too many mindless penalties like the six false starts. Two of those were back-to-back when UK was only down by four near the end of the first half. Those penalties effectively killed any momentum the team had, and the Wildcats rolled aimlessly into the locker room to regroup. That cannot happen any more this season if Kentucky hopes to have a chance at winning some upset games.

Prediction

Kentucky will win this game. The players and coaches know that wins will be few and far between. After missing out on a W against Western Kentucky, they know this is a game they must (and should) win. Smith will improve on his numbers, freshmen will step up, and the home crowd will give the extra boost needed to get their first win of the season. Kentucky wins 38-14.

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