Kentucky looks to go 6-0 for the first time since 1950 against a rebuilding – but dangerous – LSU squad. Here are the three keys to a Wildcat victory.
By Steve Wright
1 – Win the turnover battle
The Wildcats needed to be better with the ball last week against Florida and they finally were exactly that. After giving away 11 turnovers in four games against teams they were good enough to beat through pure talent, Kentucky gave it up just once against the Gators. LSU isn’t the best turnover forcing school in the country, but any team that is unbeaten when winning the turnover battle (3-0) and winless when losing it (0-2) needs to be reckoned with. Win this battle and win the game.
2 – Stop the run
LSU’s ground game is not the force that it has been in recent years. They average 2.6 yards per carry and have yet to break past 84 yards on the ground against any of the FBS teams on the schedule. Quarterback Max Johnson has a lively arm, but the Wildcats can focus on stopping that as soon as they take the run threat away. Allowing 171 on the ground against the deadly Florida rushing attack shows what this defense can do when it is focused and playing at the level that head coach Mark Stoops expects.
3 – Ride Chris Rodriguez
The Wildcats offense – which has been ruthless at times this season – didn’t get huge games from many of its stars in the 224 yards output performance against Florida. What the Wildcats can rely on, however, is Chris Rodriguez and his ability to always find a way to move the chains when the Wildcats need him to. The bruising running back is averaging almost six yards per carry on the season and he has that mean streak that makes him even more effective against better teams. If he can go for 125 or so here then the Wildcats will be good to go.