■ With Halloween, the Breeders' Cup, Tennessee-Kentucky and the National Horse Show all going on this weekend, it's easy to forget about the Colonels.
The Eastern Kentucky football team, ranked No. 13 in FCS, plays its biggest game of the season Saturday, traveling to No. 1-ranked Jacksonville State for a 2 p.m. OVC showdown.
Jacksonville State is 6-1, its lone loss coming in overtime at Auburn. EKU is 5-2, its only losses coming at North Carolina State and in overtime at Kentucky.
■ Who says the Reds aren't in the World Series? Ex-Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez was scheduled to start for the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Ex-Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto is scheduled to start for the Royals on Wednesday night in Game 2.
■ Speaking of the World Series, the New York Mets have the pitching, but Kansas City has the World Series experience. Taking the Royals in six games.
■ A few years back the NCAA adopted the NFL's clock rules to reduce the time it takes to complete a four-quarter college football game.
Now the NCAA needs to take a look at the NFL or other options because the games have grown too long again. Biggest culprit: Too many instant replay reviews.
■ Nate Silver's blog site, fivethirtyeight.com, uses advanced analytics to rate the NBA's so-called franchise players focusing not just on this season, but also the long term.
No. 1: Anthony Davis.
■ The word is everyone around the UK women's basketball program was taken off guard this week when star guard Linnae Harper asked to be released from her scholarship so she could transfer.
■ So the Michigan punter who lost the game to Michigan State can face the media — and do a wonderful job — but Rick Pitino can't attend ACC Basketball Media Day? I know Pitino says he was advised by lawyers not to attend, but if Rick wanted to be there, he'd be there.
■ Heard Bill Simmons say on a recent podcast about the stripper scandal: "If he knew, he should be fired. If he didn't know, he should resign."
■ Going into Saturday's Tennessee-UK game, Jeff Sagarin's computer rankings put Tennessee at No. 22 in the nation. The Vols are the best four-loss team in Sagarin's rankings.
■ Speaking of No. 22, a few weeks back I derisively dismissed Vanderbilt's football team this season. Now, after the Commodores' 10-3 win over Missouri last Saturday, Vanderbilt is No. 22 in the nation in total defense. (Kentucky travels to Nashville on Nov. 14.)
■ I tweeted Saturday night that the game atmosphere at Mississippi State was as good as any place in the SEC. Apparently, some disagreed. I wouldn't know. I couldn't hear them for all the cowbells.
■ UK Coach Mark Stoops said Monday he wished he had been "more forceful" in letting offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson know what he wanted as far as the play calling late in the first half at Mississippi State.
On the flip side, Kentucky's defense was gashed over the final 3:05 of the half. Mississippi State went 69 yards in five plays to make it 21-10, then 80 yards in just three plays to make it 28-10.
■ What is college sports coming to when a star quarterback (UCLA's Josh Rosen) can't have a hot tub in his dorm room? The school made the freshman remove the tub Tuesday.
■ Reports say former UK star Chuck Hayes could wind up as an NBA assistant coach somewhere after being cut by the Los Angeles Clippers.
■ The great George Karl-DeMarcus Cousins-Rajon Rondo experiment has officially begun. It will be studied for years to come.
■ Ex-UK basketball player Jon Hood was protecting his football buddies Saturday. Here's a tweet from Hood during UK's loss at Mississippi State:
"The fact that some so called sports writers get a press pass and bash this UK football team is ridiculous. ..."