The curtain falls on Kentucky football’s home season on Saturday when, hoping to chase their two-game blues away, the Cats play host to the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders at Kroger Field.
To get a scouting report on the visitors, I talked with Mufreesboro Daily News Journal MTSU beat writer Luis Torres. We discussed Middle Tennessee’s four-game win streak, its offense under former UK assistant and current Blue Raiders coordinator Tony Franklin, its leadership behind quarterback Brent Stockstill and a defense that has forced a dozen turnovers in its last four games.
And, as is our weekly habit, I talked with Herald-Leader UK football beat writer Jennifer Smith about the Cats’ perspective. We talked about last week’s dud at Tennessee, the stalled-out Kentucky offense and the senior class that will say good-bye to the home crowd on Saturday.
Kentucky is 7-3 overall and 5-3 in the SEC after back-to-back losses to Georgia and Tennessee. Middle Tennessee is 7-3 overall and 6-1 in Conference USA. The Blue Raiders are riding a four-game win streak.
One thing to remember, Middle Tennessee has a history of either shocking or scaring Power Five schools. The Blue Raiders won at Syracuse in 2017 and at Georgia Tech in 2012. They nearly knocked off the 2008 Kentucky team in Lexington before losing 20-14 when UK’s Robbie McAtee tackled MTSU’s Eldred King at the 1-yard line as time expired.
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