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  • VAUGHT: Stoops expecting great home crowd against Mississippi State

    By LARRY VAUGHT

    Give Mark Stoops credit for his honesty for not knowing what to compare the expected crowd for Saturday night's game against Mississippi State to based on past UK experiences.

    "I just hope and expect to have a great crowd. Iím sure we will. The Big Blue Nation has not disappointed us in these big opportunities," Stoops said Monday. "The team is excited about being here and being in this environment and working extremely hard this week to give ourselves an opportunity to win.Ē

    Stoops has registered some key wins at Kentucky -- but most have been on the road. South Carolina, Florida and Louisville are three that jump out.

    He knows getting a marquee win at home over a ranked opponent like Mississippi State would really energize the UK fan base.

    *ďI think itís important. Again, itís the next game. Thatís why itís most important. Itís the game weíre focusing on," Stoops said.

    "Itís a big opportunity against a ranked opponent at home. A lot of reasons why itís a big game, and part of that is to win at home in a good environment like weíre going to have and I expect this week.Ē