Quick hitters from a happy place:
21. College football fans in the commonwealth. The big debate this week in Kentucky should be whose fans should be more encouraged — UK's, U of L's or WKU's?
20. Kentucky Wildcats. Much of the good feeling so far in the Mark Stoops era has come from the perception UK is recruiting several notches above its historic level.
19. Big Blue optimism. Which is why the most important thing from Kentucky's 59-14 pasting of overmatched Tennessee-Martin is that the small army of young UK offensive playmakers looked eminently capable of living up to their recruiting hype.
18. Big Blue caution. Against a team picked to finish fifth in the OVC, the Kentucky defense gave up almost 400 yards (398) — 284 of that after halftime.
17. Louisville Cardinals. I thought losing two first-round NFL draft choices (safety Calvin Pryor, rush end Marcus Smith) plus five other starters off the very stout 2013 U of L defense meant the Cardinals would take a definite step back on 'D' in 2014.
16. Red Rage optimism. Instead, in Monday night's 31-13 throttling of Miami (Fla.), the Louisville defense looked as salty as ever. In its first game in defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's 3-4 alignment, U of L held Miami to 244 total yards.
15. Red Rage caution. With true freshman Brad Kaaya making his first career start at quarterback in a hostile environment, Miami's game plan was more conservative than Rush Limbaugh. Not sure we saw the reconstructed U of L secondary really tested.
14. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. History says teams that Bobby Petrino leaves take a big and immediate drop.
13. Red Towel optimism. Western's 59-31 blasting of Bowling Green last Friday in Jeff Brohm's first game as head coach was one of the most impressive victories of college football's first weekend. The visiting Falcons had 12 starters back from a team that won 10 games in 2013 and were picked to win the MAC East Division — yet WKU strafed them for 708 yards of offense.
12. Red Towel caution. The Western defense, which lost a mammoth amount of star power from 2013, surrendered 465 yards.
11. Power Five Conference attendance. Including Notre Dame, 42 teams in college football's five major leagues — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC — played home games last weekend.
10. Louisville's standing. U of L's crowd of 55,428 for Monday night's meeting with Miami was 18th largest of the 42 Power Five home crowds.
9. Kentucky's standing. UK's announced crowd of 50,398 for Saturday's tilt with UT-Martin was 24th largest of the 42 Power Five home crowds.
8. EKU symmetry I. Eastern Kentucky has a running back from the state of Tennessee who transferred from Kentucky. Dy'Shawn Mobley had 142 yards rushing in the Colonels' season-opening victory over Robert Morris.
7. EKU symmetry II. Eastern Kentucky has a running back from the state of Kentucky who transferred from Tennessee. Channing Fugate, a fullback, caught a 42-yard TD in the Colonels' season-opening victory over Robert Morris.
6. SEC tough. As if Southeastern Conference football weren't tough enough, Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky — the three worst teams in the league in 2013 — all looked noticeably improved on 2014's opening week.
5. Never get a second chance. It's hard to imagine a new coach getting off to a worse start than poor Derek Mason did as Vanderbilt turned the ball over seven times in losing 37-7 to Temple.
4. Keith Kelsey. Remember the recruiting dust-up two years ago when Florida high school linebacker Kelsey announced his college decision by putting on a Kentucky cap — only to say "Psyche! I am a Louisville Cardinal, baby. Go Cards!"?
3. Backing up his smack. Kelsey, now a 6-foot-1, 225-pound U of L sophomore, played well against Miami with five tackles.
2. A. J. Stamps. That phrase "He looks like the kind of player Kentucky plays against in the SEC?" That definitely applied to the impressive UK safety, a junior-college transfer, in his first Wildcats game.
1. Ill feelings I fear the plan to "re-ticket" all of Commonwealth Stadium for 2015 as part of UK's $120 million renovation is going to create a lot of hard feelings unless it is handled with unusual deftness.