Two weeks in the past, Kentucky was hanging onto a lead at South Carolina, searching for their second convention win of the season. Now, quick ahead three weeks later, and the Wildcats are taking up the visiting LSU Tigers for a possibility to be 4-0 within the SEC. They knocked off Florida final weekend and at the moment are tied for first within the SEC East.
In the meantime, LSU will journey to Lexington after a house loss to Auburn and look to ascertain a dashing assault that was non-existent within the 4th quarter. The chatter round Baton Rouge has not been favorable for Ed Orgeron. Some people are even calling for his job. This isn’t an issue he can run from. Orgeron must pull off a number of upset wins to maintain his job, and it begins this weekend at Kentucky.
One space the place the Wildcats could make the Tigers uncomfortable is on first down, given how good Kentucky is at staying forward of the chains. This was a priority for Coach Orgeron, who mentioned it on Thursday evening.
“Very essential. They run the ball so properly. They’re so environment friendly. I mentioned this earlier than, to be -9 within the turnover ratio and to be 5-0 is form of unprecedented. I don’t know final time I performed a crew that was -9 and that’s such crew. They’re taking part in good soccer. They play good soccer on virtually each down. They’re very properly coached. They’re very properly balanced. They’ve scheme. The quarterback is aware of the place to go together with the ball. I feel their offensive line is without doubt one of the higher zone blocking offensive traces that we’ve seen. Clearly, their again is aware of run the zone play.”
The Wildcats have an opportunity to get LSU into hassle on the boundaries, particularly with Wan’Dale Robinson. Utilizing the display sport and getting Robinson the soccer needs to be a high precedence on Saturday evening. His explosiveness down the sector and skill to make gamers miss needs to be one thing Kentucky QB Will Levis makes use of to his benefit.
Ed Orgeron mentioned how the Wildcats are harmful with these kind of performs.
“Yea, they do it so properly. They provide No. 1 the ball, he’s so frickin’ quick, man. He will get on you fast. We’ve got to retrace. Their linemen do an incredible job of getting down the sector. We’re going to must retrace, particularly on the center screens, what we name a tunnel display once they carry the ball again inside. The linemen are going to have to indicate up. It’s going to be a giant key within the ball sport, particularly early as a result of they made these massive performs in opposition to Florida. Little tight bunch set they usually threw the tunnel display to No. 1 and it went for 50-60 yards, these performs could be gamebreakers.”
That is additionally the time for Will Levis to throw the ball extra and make the Tigers regulate to the a number of formations Kentucky likes to run. For the Wildcats to have success in area, they’ll additionally want Chris Rodriguez to search out the open gaps within the Tigers’ protection. We’ve seen groups like UCLA and Auburn discover methods to stagger the LSU entrance seven, so I’d think about Kentucky will strive the identical.
This was a priority for Ed Orgeron, as he mentioned the issue the defensive position has had in moving into place to cease the run sport.
“Our defensive position getting penetration, our suits bought to be precise, we’ve bought to have the ability to use the proper individuals in our suits. We’ve bought to know if we’re spilling or we’re squeezing and we’ve bought to assault these blocks. We are able to’t sit on the line of scrimmage and allow them to win.”
Any means you slice it, this Kentucky offense has to discover a strategy to get manufacturing out of the passing assault, as LSU gained’t enable them to simply run the soccer. The Wildcats want to choose on the Tigers’ secondary, particularly since they’re lacking just a few key gamers.
Kentucky (a 2.5-point favourite on FanDuel) ought to win this sport, which is one thing I didn’t suppose I’d be saying with such conviction earlier than the season. Then again, LSU is feeling the warmth with from boosters and followers relating to Ed Orgeron. So, if Coach O desires to maintain the vultures away for at the least one other week, then he wants his crew to tug out the win in Lexington.
I sit up for seeing which means these applications are headed after the ultimate whistle is blown on Saturday evening. In all chance, Kentucky can be heading to Georgia, taking part in for first place within the Jap division.