Kentucky QB Will Levis discusses prep for early road kickoff at Ole Miss
The Kentucky Wildcats are on a roll. They’re 4-0 and ranked No. 7 in college football thanks to their undefeated record, which includes a win over No. 12 Florida on the road.
Speaking of the road, the Wildcats will hit it once again for their fifth game of the season, and it’s a big one at that. Kentucky will travel to Oxford to take on the Ole Miss Rebels, who are also 4-0.
It’s going to be a tough game for Kentucky regardless, but the Wildcats could also be somewhat disadvantaged by kickoff time.
They’ll be playing in the early game on ESPN. The game will kick off at 11 a.m. CT, which means the team needs to start prepping for the contest early in the morning — and that doesn’t even count travel.
“The hotel is an hour away from the stadium. It’s an 11 o’clock game in the central time zone and we’re going to have to be getting up before six am, ya know?” quarterback Will Levis discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show on Monday.
And how do the Wildcats counteract the early start? Their game against Youngstown State was in the noon-eastern time slot, but it was a home contest which makes things much easier.
It’s all about preparation, according to Levis.
“For a lot of guys, people aren’t waking up that early on a regular basis so we made it a point of emphasis even after the game on Saturday telling guys, ‘It was a late game on Saturday, it’s going to come before you know it — next week’s game — so get ahead of your sleep, go to bed a little earlier, wake up earlier.’ ”
“I think as long as guys have the right mindset and are focused, it shouldn’t be an issue, but it is something to think about, for sure,” Levis told Finebaum.
The senior quarterback has thrown for 1,185 yards and 10 touchdowns with four interceptions so far this season for Kentucky.
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