For the 2nd year in a row, the entire sports staff at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is going to host a day long event on the day following Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament. This year, that falls on March 12th. The event will once again be hosted by the Oxmoor Center on Shelbyville Road, and will encompass a total of 6 hosts and 13 hours of sports programming. Plus, we will host a BRACKET CHALLENGE with a chance to win a super-nice Gorilla Basketball Goal, courtesy of Steepleton's. Below is the entire rundown of events, so feel free to head out to Oxmoor any time in the day and you will get your sports fix headed into tournament time:
7-10AM: The EarlyBirds w/ Drew Deener
10-12PM: KentuckySportsRadio w/Matt Jones
12-1PM: Lachlan Mclean on WKRD
1-2PM: Drew Deener on WKRD
2-3PM: Dave Jennings and Tony Vanetti
3-530PM: The Afternoon Underdogs w/Tony and Dave
530-6PM: Terry Meiners
7-9PM: Occupy Lachlan (the entire cast of hosts together on stage at the same time)
WHERE TO LISTEN ON THE AIR
Early Birds with Jody Demling
7-10AM (790AM WKRD)
The Tom Leach Show
9-10AM (1080AM WKJK)
KentuckySportsRadio with Matt Jones
10AM-12PM (1080AM WKJK)
Joe B. and Denny Show
10AM-12PM (790AM WKRD)
The Afternoon Underdogs with Dave Jennings and Tony Vanetti
3-530PM (790AM WKRD)
Sportstalk84 with Lachlan McLean
7-9PM (840AM WHAS)
Photo Credit - www.easports.com
Article by - Daniel Farish
After what feels like a long and arduous summer, college football is finally here. The first preseason poll was announced and the speculation has already begun as to the future of the Cards and the Cats. While the state of Kentucky may treat college football like the appetizer to the main course (basketball season), there are millions of fans who have anxiously waited for this poll.
This was a chance for the coaches to temper the expectations of UL fans. Put the Cards in the teens and make them fight their way into the Top 10. Well, that didn’t happen. They are comfortably in the #9 spot with no room to go backwards.
I guess the coaches were disinterested in Florida, as they are one spot behind UL at #10.
Here is my preseason Top 10, differing slightly from the coaches. What do they know anyway?
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-1) Won National Championship over Notre Dame 42-14
Nick Satan…Saban and his Crimson Tide sit atop the polls just as everyone expected. Alabama lost eight starters to the NFL Draft this spring but it looks to be as simple as plug and play in those holes. The biggest loss could be OL Barrett Jones (2011 Outland & 2012 Rimington), who in three BCS National Championship Games started at three different spots on the OL.
Ryan Kelly, his replacement, has some big shoes to fill. Jones was not only the head of the offensive line; he was a leader for the team on and off the field.
Alabama has seven seniors slated to start, mixed in with an impressive bunch of underclassmen who are chomping at the bit to earn a place on what could be considered a dynasty in college football. Kirby Smart returns as defensive coordinator, looking to shut teams down both through the air and on the ground.
9/14 @ Texas A&M. This revenge game could also decide the fate of the SEC, regardless of it being each team’s first conference game.
#2 Ohio State (12-0) No Bowl
Urban Meyer enters his second year of coaching at THE Ohio State and his first of bowl eligibility. The Buckeyes will be the front runner to challenge Alabama for the BCS National Championship and with an easy schedule they should be staring at 12-0 entering the Big 10 Championship Game on December 7th.
In order to make it that far with an untarnished record, they must be better than they were in 2012. The defensive line took a hit, losing three of the 2012 starters. But behind the DL is the most athletic secondary in the country. The same type of athleticism we saw at Florida under Meyer’s tenure has followed him to Columbus.
Dual threat QB Braxton Miller returns and he must learn to tone down the mistakes if they want to seriously compete with Alabama.
10/5 @ Northwestern. Simply put, this is a trap game. NW finished 10-3 last year but if Ohio State puts their head down and goes to work, it shouldn’t be a problem.
11/30 @ Michigan. A disappointing 8-5 season had all of Ann Arbor scratching its head and demanding answers. The Big House will be rocking when these two meet in the regular season finale.
#3 Georgia (12-2) Won Capital One Bowl over Nebraska 45-31
The best offense in the country along with a young defense highlights football “Between The Hedges” in Athens this season. Georgia was staring down a bona fide BCS National Championship game last season until they committed the worst redzone mistake in recent history (http://www.youtube.com/watch?
They return only five starters on defense and lose their leading wide receiver (Tavarres King) BUT they don’t face Alabama in the regular season. Mark Richt has spent 12 seasons building to a year like this and with one of the most talented QB’s in the country (Aaron Murray) the Bulldogs are primed for another SEC Championship game.
8/31 @ Clemson. Not a conference game, but a good test for the Bulldogs early on in the season.
11/2 vs. Florida. Their biggest threat in the SEC East, this game will be the determining factor for half of the conference title game.
#4 Stanford (12-2) Won Rose Bowl over Wisconsin 20-14
The Cardinal lose 80% of their catches from the 2012 season which will force the receiving corps to step up and makes plays. They also lose RB Stefan Taylor so the Cardinal offense will have to spend the season developing a presence.
On the other side of the ball, the defense returns 9 of 11 starters from the 2012 Rose Bowl, a defense that led the NCAA in sacks and tackles for loss. A smooth schedule culminates in a big matchup at home against Oregon in November, a game that could decide the Pac 12 Champion when looking at the South division. UCLA and Arizona are headed in the right direction but not quite at the level of Oregon and Stanford.
#5 Texas A&M (11-2) Won Cotton Bowl over Oklahoma 41-13
The Aggies had their best season in decades and were National Championship contenders for the first time in 70 years. They took home the Heisman Trophy thanks to Johnny Football who has spent an off-season living like a normal 20 year old, which he is not.
The SEC defensive coordinators now have a season under their belts with Manziel and 2013 will be a chance to see what he really has to offer. He won’t be quite as comfortable after losing LT Luke Joeckel, the man who protected his blind side.
9/14 vs. Alabama. The Crimson Tide, as mentioned above, are thirsty for revenge. This will be their chance to pay back the Aggies for ruining their perfect season.
11/23 @ LSU. Death Valley took a back seat to A&M and Alabama last year, and they aren’t happy about it. A chance to smack around Manziel at home? This could be a bloodbath for the reigning Heisman winner.
#6 Oregon (12-1) Won Fiesta Bowl over Kansas State 35-17
The Ducks fell in my poll simply for one reason: Losing Chip Kelly. They still have a majority of the starters from last season, the same offensive talent that Kelly ran up and down the field. Offensive Coordinator turned Head Coach Mark Helfrich is the most qualified person to take over this powerful offense and has the best odds to continue that type of Run-N-Gun offense.
The defense is underrated for a Pac-12 defense. They lose their leading tackler and their leader in tackles for loss. But a weak schedule will allow for a smooth transition through the season for the defense.
11/7 @ Stanford. This is the one game that looks to challenge the Ducks defensively AND offensively. Stanford brings one of the strongest D’s in the country and would love to slow down the Quack Attack.
#7 Florida State (12-2) Won Orange Bowl over Northern Illinois 31-10
This team will hang around the Top 10 through September and maybe October but some rough matches in November will turn Florida State from a contender into a pretender. They lose their defensive coordinator to UK, starting QB to the NFL Draft and seven defensive starters including the entire defensive line.
Incoming quarterback Jameis Winston has hype not seen since Charlie Ward but that’s all it is. Hype. He has not taken a college snap. He does however, have four returning starters on the offensive line that will give him time in the pocket.
10/19 @ Clemson, 11/2 vs. Miami & 11/30 @ Florida. The Seminoles will find a way to go 1-2 in these three games; if they manage 2-1 it will be a success. No ACC title this year.
#8 Clemson (11-2) Won Chik-Fil-A Bowl over LSU 25-24
The Tigers return 13 starters from last season along with QB Tajh Boyd who is sporting Heisman expectation from a rabid fan base. Leading WR Deandre Hopkins is gone and leaves the top spot to Sammy Watkins who collected 57 receptions, three for TD’s last season.
8/31 vs. Georgia, 10/19 vs. Florida State, 11/30 @ South Carolina. Back when I was uneducated I always though Clemson was in the SEC. Just seemed right. The matchups against Georgia and South Carolina are bookends to a fairly weak ACC schedule.
#9 Louisville (11-2) Won Sugar Bowl over Florida 33-23
The Cards return a very explosive offense, a Heisman hopeful quarterback, a Top 5 receiving corps and thoughts of a National Championship appearance. Parker, Rogers and Copeland return as trustworthy targets for one of the most accurate QB’s in the country, Teddy Bridgewater.
Questions come from the back field and the defense. Jeremy Wright is gone and the throne is Dominique Brown’s to take. The defense was 23rd overall last year in an abysmal Big East. How many times did UL let a team make a late charge down the field and force Teddy to come from behind? Too many.
11/30 @ Cincinnati. A Friday night matchup will be primetime ESPN and UL’s last chance to show they deserve a National Championship bid, assuming a 12-0 season. Cards fans can say, “One game, anything can happen! We beat Florida!” But if this team meets up with Alabama/Ohio State in the BCS Title Game it won’t be pretty. Their opponent will actually have something to play for this time.
#10 Florida (11-2) Lost Sugar Bowl to Louisville 23-33
The Gators were one loss away from a National Championship game and settled for a Sugar Bowl appearance against lowly Louisville. At least, that’s how THEY looked at it. This is a boring team. Not aesthetically pleasing. I believe HC Will Muschamp looked at Alabama and said, “I like how they do things, but why be so flashy about it?”
Their pass offense is awful; 103rd in the country last year, which is why they struggled to catch up to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl. Their defense will give the offense time to figure out how to operate and score points, something Florida needs to do more of.
Big games: 9/7 @ Miami, 11/2 vs. Georgia, 11/30 vs. Florida State. They don’t shy away from non-conference challenges and while wins against Miami and FSU would look good, a loss combined with a rough SEC schedule could be awful. No Alabama though.