Next game: No. 20 MSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at Kentucky (1-4, 0-2), Saturday, 11:21 a.m., SEC Network (Dave Neal, Andre Ware and Cara Capuano)
Welcome to Tuesday, people, which is the day after press conference day, which means I have some links for you. First let’s hit up my two stories in today’s Journal.
• My main story, about MSU entering its second season.
• My notebook, leading with the Kentucky quarterback situation.
Regarding the Wildcat quarterbacks, one wonders what kind of chance the two freshmen stand against an experienced defense like MSU’s. Cornerback Darius Slay said yesterday, “Everybody is going to attack the freshmen. We’ve got older guys, so I know coach is going to come up with a package to confuse the quarterbacks since they’re young.”
Slay said the Bulldogs hope to do to Kentucky’s QB what they did to Auburn’s Kiehl Frazier in Week 2. Frazier, a sophomore in his first year as a starter, was clearly out of his element that day.
“We pressured, and he panicked, and it forced us to make big plays out there,” Slay said. “I guess that’s what our goal is to do at Kentucky.”
The two Kentucky QBs are Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles, and the latter has yet to play. So his redshirt is coming off, and maybe that’s not such a bad idea. In fact, one columnist thinks it could help save Joker Phillips‘ job.
Let’s take a glance around the SEC: Nick Saban, that beacon of positivity, does not see his team as unbeatable. … Yeah, so, LSU wasn’t really focused on Towson, especially with it being sandwiched between the Auburn game (a 12-10 win) and this week’s huge showdown with Florida. … That Alabama fan who did inappropriate things to an LSU fan starts his trial today.