LEXINGTON, Ky. — Mark Stoops is doing his best to prepare the Wildcats for an early wake up call Saturday.
Kentucky takes on Missouri at 11 a.m. local time in Columbia — the team’s first morning kickoff of the season.
“I’ve been just sending them nice reminders: when pregame meal is going to be and when kickoff’s going to be and making sure they’re as ready as I am,” Stoops said after practice Thursday.
Kentucky’s bus usually rolls up to the stadium two hours prior to kickoff, putting the Wildcats at Faurot Field around 9 a.m. That cuts into some of the team’s pregame preparations this week.
“Well, you just won’t have as many walkthroughs and meetings,” Stoops said. “You have to abbreviate it some. We always get work done here before we leave anyway, and we’ll get some meetings tomorrow night. You just won’t get the Saturday.”
Kentucky is looking for its first road win of the season and second away victory in Stoops’ fourth year at the helm. The road woes have been a problem for the Wildcats, but a win against Missouri would put Kentucky on the fast track for its first bowl bid since 2010.
“Sometimes you’re going to play better than others, and hopefully we’ll put it together and have a heck of a road game,” Stoops said.