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Mullen Talks Up Kentucky

Football coaches are well known for talking up their opponents.  Lou Holtz, for example, used to be a master of that art. 

Apparently Dan Mullen is working on an advanced degree in puffery, too.  Check out what Mississippi State’s coach has to say about Kentucky, his Bulldogs’ foe on Saturday:


“One of the issues has been turnover ratio and I think that is what’s giving them their negative results.  All of a sudden, you take away their turnovers and they’re a pretty hot team right now.”


A pretty hot team?  UK did whip FCS-level Jacksonville State 38-14 over the weekend and they did pile up 445 yards of offense.

But out of 120 teams nationally, Kentucky ranks…


118th in total offense
117th in first downs
116th in passing offense
114th in 3rd down conversions
111th in scoring offense
107th in red zone conversions
106th in rushing defense
104th in turnover margin (a checkmark for Mullen on that one)
 

A pretty hot team?

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