Who: Miami (0-1, 0-0 Mid-American Conference) vs. Kentucky (0-1, 0-0 Southeastern Conference).
When: Noon, Saturday
Where: Commonwealth Stadium (67,942), Lexington, Ky.
TV: Fox Sports
Radio: WMOH-AM (1450)
Stat pack: Miami QB Austin Boucher 10 0f 22 passing (45.5 percent), 165 yards, 1 TDs, 1 int; QB Austin Gearing, 6 carries, 27 yards; TE Steve Marck 4 receptions, 41 yards, 1 TD; LB Kent Kern 13 tackles.
Kentucky QB Maxwell Smith 8 of 13 passing (61.5 percent), 125 yards, 1 TD, 0 int; RB Raymond Sanders 14 carries, 98 yards; WR Demarco Robinson 5 receptions, 69 yards, 1 TD; LB Avery Williamson 14 tackles.
Worth noting: Kentucky is playing its home opener after losing to a Bobby Petrino-led Western Kentucky team, 35-26, at Nashville’s LP Stadium in Mark Stoop’s debut as a head coach. The last time Miami and Kentucky played, the site was Paul Brown Stadium in 2009, and the Wildcats rolled to a 42-0 win that gave them a 7-4-1 lead in the series between the two teams. Among local products on Kentucky’s roster are sophomore cornerback Cody Quinn from Middletown, freshman offensive lineman Kyle Meadows from Lakota West and junior long snapper Kyle Budde, a Mason native who went to Princeton High School.
Pressure is on: Miami’s defense, which played well for a half before wilting against the non-stop Marshall offense. The RedHawks might have a little more breathing room against Stoops’ “Air Raid” offense, which was outgained by the Hilltoppers last week.
Edge goes to: Kentucky. Though the Wildcats bear little resemblance to their SEC brethren, they still are a large-sized team playing at home with a chip on its collective shoulder after losing its opener to an in-state rival. Miami still has much to prove.