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BOZICH | Ranking the game on the Kentucky soccer schedule in order of importance Sports | Instant News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Sources said some observers were annoyed when I ranked the fourth most important Kentucky game on the University of Louisville football schedule.

Now it’s time to rank 12 games the Wildcats are currently scheduled to play.

If the Louisville match against lead, I will rank first for the Wildcats. No, no. Unless the Southeast Conference changes the schedule posted due to the new coronavirus pandemic, Wildcats will close their season at Cardinal Stadium.

U of L is not the most important game in the UK. But this is also not the fourth. Tempting end.

This is my ranking:

1. In Florida, September 12 – The Gators are the top-10 picks that are trendy in pre-season magazines. PickSixPreview places Gators in the national playoffs, ranked third behind only Clemson and Ohio State.

I have seen some estimates that Dan Mullen has placed Florida to overthrow Georgia above the SEC Eastern Division. England have punched the Florida heavyweights for three consecutive seasons, even though coach Mark Stoops’ program only completed one job. If the Wildcats want to make a statement, this is their chance.

2. In Tennessee, November 7 – Volunteered vaults over the Wildcats in the SEC East standings last season for the first time since 2016. Jeremy Pruitt has turned into a recruiting machine, and Vol speaks in the Top 25 or better. If Kentucky is serious about moving in the East, Wildcats need to defeat Tennessee more than once or twice per decade.

3. In Louisville, 28 November – Some people think the Wildcats are ahead in this series over the past two years, almost doubling the Cardinals in the yardage in 2019. For England, this is more than just a competition match. This is the only substance game that is not related to the schedule.

4. South Carolina, September 26 – Coach Will Muschamp ranks seventh on Dennis Dodd’s hot seat list CBSSports.com. Pre-season magazine Lindy put it on the same list. Muschamp is 26-25 for four seasons in Columbia, South Carolina. The power of the star has faded. Gamecocks fans suffer watching Americans drool over Dabo Swinney and Clemson. After winning four straight over South Carolina, England gave one to Gamecocks last season. Can’t do that anymore

5. In Missouri, October 24 – Eli Drinkwitz has replaced Barry Odom at Mizzou because (in part) Odom cannot make the Tigers superior to Kentucky as Gary Pinkel did. Drinkwitz has to replace 11 starters, including the quarterback. Consider it the SEC’s most won road game in Kentucky.

6. State of Mississippi, November 14 – Mike Leach’s name was tossed around before British Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart hired Joker Phillips and Mark Stoops. State was eager to hiss after two gloomy seasons from Joe Moorhead. State was the sixth best job at SEC West, which gave Leach the necessary chips on his shoulder. In Lexington, Kentucky, the Wildcats had to win this one against the coach who started rebuilding.

7. Georgia, November 21 – Georgia continues to wait for Kirby Smart to win the national title, something she cannot do after recruiting Jacob Eason, Jake Fromm or Justin Fields to play quarterback. The Bulldogs will depend on Jamie Newman’s Wake Forest transfer at QB, but their booming talent across the offensive and defensive lines makes this a huge task for Kentucky.

8. In Auburn, October 3 – I’ve seen Auburn ranked No. 9 (Street & Smith’s); No. 11 (Lindy); No. 13 (Athlon); No. 22 (Phil Steele) and No. 26 (Select Six Preview). So, this will be a quality victory. I just question that Kentucky can take it.

9. Vanderbilt, October 17 – If you lose to Vanderbilt, the rest of the season doesn’t matter.

10. East Michigan, September 3 – Phil Steele reports that EMU has won more Big Ten road matches in the last three seasons than Rutgers or Maryland. But Rutgers and Maryland are terrible.

11. Kent State, September 19 – Maybe the Wildcats will catch a Golden Glint that awaits Alabama, against Kent State the following week.

12. Eastern Illinois, October 10 – The Panthers lost to Eastern Kentucky and Murray State last season. Only serious question.

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BOZICH | The game is ranked in the United States soccer schedule in the order of importance Sports | Instant News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Until I received a conflicting memo, the Louisville soccer team was scheduled to play a dozen games in the second year of the Scott Satterfield era.

I have collected five pre-season publications. Four (Athlon, Lindy’s, PickSixPreview and Street & Smith’s) estimate finishing second in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Only Phil Steele dropped the Card to third, behind the States of Florida and Clemson.

Before the schedule is folded, rotated or shredded, now is the time to look at 12 games and rank them according to their importance.

1. North Carolina State, home, September 2: When in doubt, use the season opener. The card has handled Wolfpack four of six times since joining ACC. NC State coach Dave Doeren has swayed to the edge of the Hot Seat with 4-8 and lost six, five with two or more goals. Cannot lose the home opener for a program that leads in reverse.

2. State of Florida, home, October 24: Seminoles have not been great in the last two seasons, but have won two consecutive wins over new L. FSU coach Mike Norvell with a big card by overturning prospective midfielder Chubba Purdy. Cannot let it pass. It’s also a Game Statement, because it can determine the second place in the division

3. Virginia Tech, home, October 31: A legitimate swing game against the only ACC team that hasn’t played cards since joining the league. Tech is expected to push North Carolina and Miami in the Coastal Division, so this will be a quality win.

4. Kentucky, home, November 28: Cards will drag two ugly streak defeats against the Wildcats to Cardinal Stadium, earning a score of 101-23 since Lamar Jackson left town. Louisville hasn’t lost three straight to England since 2010. Wildcats have become very confident recruiting Jefferson County.

5. At Notre Dame, road, November 21: Card won in South Bend with Reggie Bonnafon in 2014 and competed against Ireland evenly for half of last season. Brian Kelly lost 10 starters, and his critics began asking if he would even win a national title. Ireland must be in the Top 25, so victory under the Golden Dome creates a hiss.

6. In Virginia, November 7th: The Cavaliers won the Coastal Division and have beaten the Cardinals twice in three matches in Charlottesville since they joined the league. But UVa lost midfielder Bryce Perkins, the leader of the ACC total offense, and seems to be the best on the Coast. Another Swing Game.

7. Wake Forest, home November 14: At first glance, this has the quality of a trap game, which is scheduled between trips to Charlottesville and South Bend. But former Wake midfielder Jamie Newman, No. 2 in total offense at ACC, ran to Georgia, sending a message about the excitement for Wake football.

8. At Clemson, street, September 12: This is an opportunity to show improvement, but frustration is an unreasonable request in Satterfield’s second year. Check back in 2021 or 2022 (or 2023) for that.

9. At Boston College, road, October 10: The Golden Eagles have averaged more than 40 points on Cards while winning two of the last three matches. But BC changed coaches, and they were just another team. Beating them will not turn heads.

10. On Syracuse, street, October 3: Besides the night in November 2018 when the L players quit Bobby Petrino, the Cardinals dominated Orange, winning five of the last six matches. Dino Babers has lost his mojo. Why? His defense is ranked fifth in the bottom of the ACC for four consecutive seasons.

11. Western Kentucky, home, September 26: Hilltoppers are dangerous, dynamic and persistent. But this is a game that you should win and can’t lose.

12. Murray State, home, September 19: The last time U of L lost to Racers (1984), it inspired the government to think big and recruit Howard Schnellenberger.

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BOZICH | Louisville basketball legend Wes Unseld died at the age of 74 | Sports | Instant News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Wes Unseld, one of the best basketball players from Louisville and the first player named NBA rookie this year and MVP that same season, died this morning in Maryland.

The Washington Wizards, a franchise that joined Unseld 52 years ago, made an announcement on Twitter Tuesday morning. Unseld is 74 years old.

Unseld began to carve out his Hall of Fame career at Seneca High School in Louisville, by working with Mike Redd to lead Seneca to win consecutive state titles in 1963 and 1964.

Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp tried to recruit Unseld to break the color line at the Southeast Conference and play for the Wildcats, but Unseld remained at home to play for Peck Hickman and the Cardinals.

Unseld gave an extraordinary career at Freedom Hall, setting the school’s assessment score with 1,685 points and 1,581 rebounds. His 45 point game against Georgetown remains the single U-L record score and his total points, earned in just three seasons, are ranked 11th.

In collaboration with his close friend, Butch Beard from Breckinridge County, Unseld led Louisville to as high as No. 2 in the national ranking.

Unseld was named the all-American consensus in 1967 and 1968. U of L retired his trademark jersey No. 31.

Although only 6 feet 7 and 245 pounds, Unseld served as a center and finished second in the 1968 NBA Draft by the Baltimore Bullets.

As a rookie, Unseld averaged 13.8 points and 18.2 rebounds, resulting in a rookie and MVP award.

Unseld developed a close relationship with Bullets owner Abe Pollin and remained with the franchise for 13 seasons. The Bullets appeared in consecutive NBA Finals against Seattle, winning world titles in 1978 and losing in 1979.

Unseld then served the team as coach (six seasons), general manager and vice president. In retirement, Unseld lives in Baltimore where his wife, Connie, and daughter, Kimberley, manage the Unselds School, a joint education school and child care center.

Unseld also survived from his son, Wes Jr. and he is the godfather of all-star Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love, whose father, Stan, plays with him in Washington.

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