Sound Off: Time for Kentucky to stop playing down to its competition

The season is five weeks old and Kentucky stands at 4-1. The Wildcats didn’t look sharp last Saturday against Eastern Michigan, but they have a winnable game in front of them as Missouri (1-3, 0-2 SEC) comes to town for a 7:30 p.m. ET game Saturday.

In the latest episode of Zaxby’s Sound Off, SEC Country Kentucky writers Kyle Tucker and Joe Mussatto will look back at what they learned from Kentucky’s uninspiring win against Eastern Michigan and then look forward to what awaits the Wildcats.

  • Kentucky has to feel good with two of its units: defense and special teams. As for the offense? There’s still a lot to clean up before SEC play resumes. We break down the good and the bad of all three phases from Kentucky’s win against Eastern Michigan. (0:55)
  • Perhaps the most questionable position group has been the offensive line. Redshirt freshman center Drake Jackson made his offensive debut last Saturday and it’s still unclear if offensive line coach John Schlarman has five solid starters he can stick with. Kentucky so far has mixed and matched positions on the offensive front, and what was maybe the strongest offensive position group last season is now the weakest. (3:01)
  • Even though Kentucky is 4-1, there’s plenty of grumbling, and the 24-20 win against Eastern Michigan didn’t do much to silence the critics. But looking ahead, the schedule could put Kentucky in line for a special season if the Cats make midseason corrections. Missouri, the worst team in the SEC, comes to town Saturday, and then Kentucky can reset during its bye week. After the bye, the schedule presents a number of potential wins. Could Kentucky reach eight regular-season victories for the first time since 1984? (8:26)

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