Kentucky begins its 2017 season at Southern Miss on Saturday in Hattiesburg, Miss.
The Wildcats went 7-6 in 2016, but that included a season-opening loss to the Golden Eagles at home. Kentucky started the year 0-2 before going 7-3 over the remaining 10 regular-season games to become bowl eligible.
Here’s all the information Kentucky fans need to know ahead of the Wildcats’ game at Southern Miss.
Kentucky-Southern Miss game time, information
The game is scheduled for a 4 pm ET kickoff on Saturday, Sep. 2, 2017. The game will be played at Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Which TV channel is Kentucky football vs. Southern Miss on?
The CBS Sports Network is airing the Kentucky football game against Southern Miss.
How can I watch Kentucky football vs. Southern Miss online?
Games on the CBS Sports Network can be streamed online, but you’ll need a cable provider log-in.
How can I listen to Kentucky football vs. Southern Miss on the radio?
Fans in Lexington can listen to the game on 630 AM or 98.1 FM, and fans in Louisville can listen to the game on 840 AM. The game will also be broadcast on satellite radio on XM 191 or Sirius 112.
Kentucky football vs. Southern Miss spread, odds
According to MyBookie.ag, Kentucky is a 10-point favorite against Southern Miss.
Kentucky-Southern Miss preview, keys to the game
1. Keep it simple
Kentucky, even with the loss of starting left tackle Cole Mosier, has one of the best offensive lines in the SEC. Pair that with sophomore running back Benny Snell, and the offensive game plan seems straightforward. Snell should see a heavy load of carries, and Kentucky’s physicality up front will be difficult for Southern Miss to match.
2. Win the turnover battle
This is a key neither team could win throughout last season. Kentucky was -7 in turnover margin last year (107th in the nation) and Southern Miss was a dreadful -17 in that department (125th in the nation). Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson still hasn’t decided on a starting quarterback. It’ll be either Keon Howard or Kwadra Griggs. No matter who it is, the Wildcats should be able to force a few turnovers.
3. Contain Ito Smith
Former Southern Miss starting quarterback Nick Mullens garnered much of the attention going into last year’s contest, but it was running back Ito Smith who doomed Kentucky. Smith had a career-high 36 carries and 173 yards against the Wildcats. Kentucky’s defensive line is the most questionable unit on the team. How that line performs against Smith will be a good gauge for the rest of the season.