Kentucky plays Eastern Michigan on Saturday, September 30, 2017 in a Week 5 non-conference college football game.
The Wildcats (3-1, 1-1 SEC) look to erase the ghosts of yet another heartbreaking loss to Florida when they host the Eagles (2-1, 0-1 MAC) on Saturday. Kentucky had all but erased a 30-year losing streak to the Gators last Saturday, but collapsed in the fourth quarter en route to a 28-27 heartbreaking defeat.
However, Mark Stoops’ team remains in fighting position in the SEC East, just behind Georgia and Florida in the standings. Behind a solid defense and a ball-control offense, the Wildcats showed remain in contention for the rest of the season.
Here’s what fans need to know ahead of Kentucky’s Week 5 football game against Eastern Michigan:
Kentucky-Eastern Michigan game time, details
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Sep. 30, 2017
Location: Kroger Field, Lexington, Ky.
Spread: Kentucky -14 1/2
What channel is the Kentucky-Eastern Michigan football game on?
The Kentucky-Eastern Michigan football game will be broadcast by the SEC Network.
How can I watch the Kentucky-Eastern Michigan football game online?
The Kentucky-Eastern Michigan football game can be streamed online via WatchESPN or on the WatchESPN app.
How I can listen to the Kentucky-Eastern Michigan football game on the radio?
Fans in Lexington can listen to the Kentucky-Florida football game on 630 AM or 98.1 FM, and fans in Louisville can hear the game on 840 AM. The game will also be broadcast on satellite radio on XM 191 or Sirius 138.
Kentucky-Eastern Michigan preview, keys to the game
1. Moving past Florida
Stoops said he’s not worried about his squad getting hung up on the Florida loss, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Kentucky start slow against Eastern Michigan. The Eagles already have a road victory against a Power Five team: a 16-13 win against Rutgers in Week 2. Eastern Michigan (2-1) went to a bowl game last season for the first time since 1987. The Mid-American Conference opponent won’t be a pushover.
2. Fix the snapping situation
Bad snaps shouldn’t be a problem four weeks into the season, but it’s still very much a problem for Kentucky. Jon Toth was Kentucky’s four-year anchor at center, and a center combination of Bunchy Stallings and Nick Haynes has struggled with high snaps this season. It bit Kentucky last Saturday and can’t continue to be a problem.
3. More of Lynn Bowden
Mark Stoops hinted on his radio show Monday night that Kentucky wants to get Lynn Bowden involved downfield in the passing game. The high school quarterback turned college receiver has yet to catch a pass. But the top-ranked signee has made an impact in other areas. Bowden has rushed five times out of the wildcat formation and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran pulled a trick last Saturday with Bowden. Running back Sihiem King took the snap in the wildcat, handed it off to Stephen Johnson who was jetting through and then Johnson flipped it back to Bowden who threw a 24-yard spiral to King. Bowden can do a lot of things for Kentucky, and look for him to be incorporated in the pass game.
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