College Football – Week 3 Preview: Kentucky vs. Murray State

UK goes for 3-0 – Photo by Brendon Miller – BSN

It’s going to be an in-state battle this week as the Murray State Racers travel the 265 miles to Lexington to face the Wildcats. Last week, Kentucky ended their streak of 31 straight loses to Florida in a 27-16 victory over the Gators. The Cats also won their SEC opener two years in a row for the first time since the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Murray State has lost their first two games this season, one of which was against #17 Central Arkansas.

Kentucky

In the first two games of the season the Offensive line has played very well. They have given the passing and the rushing game enough time to be productive. Terry Wilson has been the largest benefactor by being able to run if there isn’t a receiver open. So far this season Kentucky is averaging 301 yards rushing a game. Though there have been some turnovers, the passing game has been good. The Cats are averaging 139 yards a game passing and that is with a quarterback who rushed for 105 yards last game. Defensively, the Wildcats have held their opponents to only 307 yards a game while averaging 440 yards of offense themselves.

Murray State

The Racers have had a couple of losses to open their season. Murray State has only averaged 71.5 yards of rushing per game so far.  The inability to run the football has only allowed them to average 11.5 points a game so far this season. Their passing game is led by quarterback Drew Anderson who has passed for 167.5 yards a game. Defensively the Racers are giving up a whopping 445 yards while their offense is only gaining 269 yards.

Gameday Prediction

This looks to be a lopsided victory for the Wildcats because Murray St. cannot run the ball and our pass coverage has been great so far this year. To ensure a win the Cats will likely rely on their running game. This may be a game where the coaching staff will try to rest Benny Snell so it will be King’s and Rose’s time to shine. I predict 42-10 win for the Wildcats with 400 yards rushing yards.