By LARRY VAUGHT
Mark Stoops knows that Central Michigan, Kentucky’s opening game opponent Saturday, will be another well-coached, good team from the MAC that will not beat itself even against a Southeastern Conference opponent. Plus, Central Michigan has had plenty of success in recent years against Power-5 teams.
“You can’t just roll out there and win a football game against this team and quite a few of them in that league. You have to go win the game. You have to play well,” Stoops said Thursday.
“That’s what we’re worried about. We’re worried about us and the way we play and how we execute. As I mentioned before, I have a good idea what this team can do, but we haven’t seen them yet. That’s why we’re all anxious and ready to get out there.”
Stoops wants to see a “clean” game — no turnovers, few penalties, limited missed assignments — from the Cats.
“If you watched any football last weekend, and I mentioned this to the team and I don’t mean this in any disrespectful way because I didn’t watch a lot of them beginning to end, but I saw a lot of teams making mistakes and beating themselves. That’s what I concentrate on,” Stoops said.
“Trying to have us win the game and play well and play clean. Not have a bunch of foolish penalties and turnovers and things like that. I’m looking for a clean football game.”