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Mark Stoops: “We’ll be excited and amped up to play.”

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mark Stoops continues to either believe that Kentucky fans will create an inspiring environment at Kroger Field Saturday night when UK hosts Mississippi State or else totally understands why some fans might be pulling for UK but not in the stadium.

“I expect a great atmosphere. We’re going to be playing a quality, SEC ranked opponent at home at night. We expect a great atmosphere,” Mark Stoops said Thursday. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Kentucky went on the road two weeks ago in a difficult atmosphere and ended a 31-year losing streak to the Gators. Stoops said Saturday will be “different” for his team.

“Going on the road, we talked about that situation early in the week playing them and going on the road in a hostile environment. Now it’s flipped,” Stoops said.

“Going at home in a great atmosphere. We have to watch how we handle ourselves and I expect us to be very businesslike with our approach like we’ve been all year.

“We know we’ll be excited and amped up to play. But we’ve gotta focus and we’ve gotta execute.”  

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