You can have Michigan-Ohio State, Alabama-LSU and USC-UCLA. The most compelling game of the upcoming college football season will clearly be on Oct. 3 when Kentucky hosts Eastern Kentucky.
I know. I know. On paper this doesn’t seem like much of a matchup.
But two off-the-field incidents involving players from each team promise to make the game 60 minutes of cheap shots and bad blood.
Richmond police released video of a bar fight on Jan. 25 between the two squads in which they say Eastern Kentucky lineman Colton Scurry was the aggressor.
A bar video, released after an open records request, “made it apparent … that Mr. Scurry was the primary aggressor in the altercation,” the police report says. “He entered into a crowd willingly (without any physical altercation) and threw a punch at an unidentified male.”
A Madison County grand jury declined last week to indict Scurry or the UK players — quarterback Drew Barker, wide receiver Dorian Baker and defensive tackle Tymere Dubose — who were involved in the fight at Jerzee’s Cocktail Lounge & Dance Club in Richmond. Scurry, 20, an EKU offensive lineman, suffered a broken nose and other facial fractures.
Later on in the night, EKU defensive lineman Patrick Graffree confronted Barker in the lobby of an dorm and delivered a devastating suckerpunch to his head.
So yeah. Things will be quite testy.
You can imagine how much attention a story like this would be attracting if two big-name programs had been involved. Wall-to-wall coverage, 24/7.
Set your DVRs, folks. It’s going to be a war.