Analyzed Sports | Andre’ Chapman
The Kentucky Wildcats (1-0) opened the 2018 football season with a 35-20 victory over the Chippewas of Central Michigan (0-1) on a steamy Saturday afternoon in Lexington, KY.
Here are five observations and concerns from Kentucky’s season opener.
1. The turnovers on offense and the overall poor play of Terry Wilson is my top concern.
The Wildcats were trailing majority of the first half due to turnovers and the overall play of quarterback Terry Wilson Jr. Wilson finished the game with 78 yards passing off of 18 attempts with two INT’s and a fumble, while only managing to rush for 38 yards. Touchdown Terry didn’t look comfortable in the opening game, which put the defense in poor field position due to turnovers. This basically allowed the Chippewas to be in the game the entire first half of play.
2. Josh Allen will be a beast this year in the SEC.
Josh Allen is a beast. He stayed disruptive in the backfield and also recorded one of the defenses two sacks. I love Allen’s leadership on the field. He continued to make plays and show emotion for his teammates and the fans of Big Blue Nation. If he keeps this up, I can definitely see Allen on the First team All SEC on defense.
3. Two Headed Monster at Running Back.
I absolutely love the play of the Kentucky running backs Benny Snell Jr. and AJ Rose. Although Benny Snell Jr. wasn’t feeling well leading up to the game Saturday, he managed to finished the game with 125 yards on 20 carries with two Touchdowns. Both backs finished with 100 yard games as Rose rushed for 104 yards on 8 carries with two Touchdowns.
4. Can the Receivers make plays?
If the Wildcats want to have a magical season of 8 wins or more, the receivers are gonna have to start making plays. I personally saw a couple good deep balls thrown by Wilson dropped by Receivers. None of the Wildcats receivers had over 100 yards receiving. David Bouvier had an ok game with 3 rec for 48 yards and a touchdown. That will not cut it in SEC play. I repeat there must be explosive plays on offense by the receivers in order to keep defenses honest and to have a chance at defeating some of the better teams in the SEC.
5. The Defense is Solid.
I don’t fault the defense for the first half 20 points put on the board by the visiting team. It was mainly due to poor field position off of turnovers by the offense. The defense didn’t allow a 100 yard receiver or rusher from the Chippewas offense. Central Michigan’s QB Poljan only had 137 yards passing off of 27 attempts with no rushing or passing touchdowns. I credit the defense for that. Mark Stoops finally has a defense deep enough and experienced enough to compete in the tough SEC as they didn’t allow the Chippewas to score in the second half.
Next Game – Saturday, Sept. 8 at Florida. 7:30 pm ET.