by Knox Bardeen:
The Kentucky Wildcats (1-9, 0-7 SEC) host the Samford Bulldogs (7-3, 5-3 SoCon) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky. The game will be broadcast on CSS with Matt Stewart and Cole Cubelic calling the game and Angela Mallen on the sidelines.
Kentucky enters Saturday's game--it's final home game of the season--after a much-needed bye week to search for ways to end its eight-game losing streak. The Wildcats lost to Vanderbilt on Oct. 3, 40-0 and have averaged just 10.25 points per game over their last four games.
Samford is on a two-game winning streak, beating the then FCS sixth-ranked Wofford Terriers 24-17, and then handling Elon, 26-15. The Bulldogs wrap up their regular season with Saturday's game, which is the team's first-ever trip to Lexington.
The game will serve as Senior Night for Kentucky, who will honor a total of 19 seniors before the game.
What to Watch:
1. Kentucky is looking for it's third consecutive home-finale win. Last year the Wildcats beat Tennessee, 10-7, and in 2010 they handed Vanderbilt a 38-20 beating.
2. This will make the third time in five years Samford has played a team from the Southeastern Conference. In 2008 the Bulldogs lost to Ole Miss 34-10, and then in 2011 Auburn beat them 35-16.
3. Watch junior linebacker Avery Williamson on Saturday. Williamson leads the SEC with 115 tackles, three ahead of his nearest competitor. He's third in the country, as well, and has reached double figures in tackles in his last three games and seven of the 10 all year.
4. Samford attacks on the ground, averaging 156.7 yards per game rushing. Junior running back Fabian Truss passed the 1,000-yard mark last week with his 219-yard performance against Elon. Trussaverages102.6 rushing yards per game.
5. When Kentucky keeps turnovers to a minimum, the Wildcats do well. Kentucky is 9-3 under Joker Phillips when the team wins the turnover battle, 1-13 when they do not.
6. Samford is tied for 13th in the country (FCS) with 13 interceptions. They'll pose problems for true freshman quarterback Jalen Whitlow. But Whitlow has been picked off just twice in 103 pass attempts. His average of one pick in every 51.5 passes in second in the SEC behind Alabama's A.J. McCarron (78.5).
7. Senior wide receiver La'Rod King is 41 yards behind Randall Cobb for sixth place on Kentucky's all-time receiving yards list. King has just six receptions over the last four games, but has surpassed 41 yards twice in that time span and six times all year.
8. Samford senior quarterback Andy Summerlin has 2,165 yards passing and 10 touchdowns on 66.3 percent passing. He could torch a Kentucky secondary that's been annihilated by injuries.
by Knox Bardeen: