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For Kentucky, it’s good to be 3-0, and here are three reasons why.

Photo slideshow: UK takes care of business with rout of Murray State

Kentucky beats Murray State 48-10 Saturday at Kroger Field in Lexington. The Wildcats are 3-0 with a game against No. 16 Mississippi State next on the schedule.
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Kentucky beats Murray State 48-10 Saturday at Kroger Field in Lexington. The Wildcats are 3-0 with a game against No. 16 Mississippi State next on the schedule.

Yes, it was against a winless Murray State team.

Yes, it was a 48-10 victory for Kentucky.

But the win at Kroger Field on Saturday afternoon was about more than just one game.

Here are some things to ponder about undefeated Kentucky as the Cats move into the meat of conference play, with three of the next four games at home, including massive Southeastern Conference matchups against No. 16 Mississippi State next week and against South Carolina on Sept. 29.

For Kentucky, it’s good to be 3-0. Here are three reasons why:

Postseason push

Since 1950, Kentucky has started a season with three consecutive wins just 11 times (including this season) and that has been a good predictor of a future bowl game.

Of the 10 previous 3-0 starts, UK advanced to a bowl game eight times with the exceptions being in 2002 when the Cats faced a bowl ban because of NCAA violations and in 1964 when UK finished the season 5-5 after the fast start.

Kentucky wide receiver Zy’Aire Hughes talks about scoring on a 49-yard touchdown off a pass/reverse in 48-10 win over Murray State. A sophomore from Paducah, Hughes had not touched the ball before on offense for the Cats.

Even if it doesn’t always guarantee a trip to the postseason or a winning record, a 3-0 start does get the Cats halfway to bowl eligibility and gives UK a greater margin for error the rest of the season.

A few more wins and the season could be setting up for a much bigger, better bowl game.

Join the University of Kentucky football team as they walk to Kroger Field before their September 15 game against Murray State.

A little more buzz

After ho-hum crowds the past few home games, a night game versus a ranked (and also probably unbeaten) Mississippi State team promises to bring about a crazy atmosphere at Kroger Field next week, possibly the first Cats sellout of their home venue since 62,945 fans witnessed a heart-wrenching loss to Florida a year ago.

Kentucky beats Murray State 48-10 Saturday at Kroger Field in Lexington. The Wildcats are 3-0 with a game against No. 16 Mississippi State next on the schedule.

No place like home

Speaking of Kroger Field, there’s not just reason for optimism in upcoming games, but also a little bit of recent history on the Cats’ side. Kentucky is now 11-3 in its past 14 games on its home turf — including a 40-38 victory over the incoming Bulldogs in 2016 — and the Cats are 20-5 in September games over the past five seasons.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops talks to the media after his team’s 48-10 win over Murray State. Now 3-0, UK faces Mississippi State next week in a key SEC game.

UK running back Benny Snell says he's looking forward to the Cats' game against Mississippi State at Kroger Field on Saturday night.

UK running back Benny Snell talked about his expectations for — and the importance of — a big home crowd for the Wildcats' huge matchup against Mississippi State on Saturday night.

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson talks to the media after his team’s 48-10 win over Murray State on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

UK wide receiver Lynn Bowden talks about the Cats' quarterback, Terry Wilson, as well as contributions from Zy'Aire Hughes and Allen Dailey in Saturday's win over Murray State.

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