Charleston Southern (2-6) at Kentucky (4-5)
When: 12:30 p.m. TV: Pay-per-view (11:30 p.m. on WKYT-27)
Radio: WLAP-AM 630, WBUL-FM 98.1
Series: First meeting
A fast start
If the Cats can't get out of the gates quickly on Charleston Southern, it's just not gonna happen. The offense needs to move crisply without turning it over, and the defense needs to stuff the Buccaneers early.
The big question going into the game is whether — or how much — we'll see tailback Derrick Locke. There's two schools of thought: With the final two games against Vanderbilt and Tennessee likely to shape the season, Locke could sit this one out to ensure he's 100 percent. Or he could get a few carries early to shake off the rust and make sure he's at peak efficiency.
Play young guys
All of UK's blowouts came in the first month of the season, which means many young players on the roster have been standing on the sideline for weeks. The coaching staff won't say it publicly, but you know they'd like to take out the starters as early as possible to get the reserves some significant action. The fans wouldn't mind getting a look at backup QBs Morgan Newton and Ryan Mossakowski.
It's safe to say Commonwealth Stadium won't be jumping on Saturday. It's an early game against an FCS opponent that's won two games, it's cold, and the Breeders' Cup is going on. But the Cats can't let the atmosphere affect their performance. They need to come out sharp, take care of business and try to gather some momentum for the final two games.