Sound Off: Despite criticism, Kentucky is 5-1 — and in middle of SEC East race

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops said his team would empty the tank against Missouri, knowing a bye week was on the horizon. The Wildcats did just that and barely escaped the Tigers’ upset bid in a 40-34 victory last Saturday.

The Cats now have the luxury of a weekend off. Star linebacker Jordan Jones is expected to be back when Kentucky takes the field Oct. 21 at Mississippi State, and a handful of other players are looking to get healthy before play resumes.

The season is halfway over and Kentucky is 5-1. SEC Country Kentucky writers Kyle Tucker and Joe Mussatto look back on the Missouri game and preview what’s next in this episode of the Zaxby’s Sound Off.

  • Kentucky is 5-1 entering its bye week, but Stoops was fairly defensive on his radio show Monday night. Despite the good start, Stoops said some of the media coverage has been negative. Some of the victories have been ugly, but the bottom line is Kentucky is off to one of the best starts in program history. Does Stoops have a point when it comes to the outside criticism? (0:43)
  • Even though the way Kentucky is winning doesn’t always look pretty, there are plenty of positives to highlight. Benny Snell is one of the leading rushers in the SEC, Stephen Johnson’s passing numbers have improved from last season, and Kentucky’s special teams have been a big strength — something that couldn’t be said a season ago. (3:22)
  • One of the biggest questions from fans has been about Lynn Bowden. “Why is he not getting more snaps? Why is Kentucky not putting the ball in his hands?” Those questions were largely answered on Saturday. Bowden was named SEC Freshman of the Week and his role is only expected to grow. (9:35)

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