Auburn Opponent Preview: Kentucky Wildcats

Auburn will make a road trip to Lexington to play the Kentucky Wildcats for the sixth game of AU's 2015 football season.

Patrick Towles (above) is a key returning player for the Wildcats.

Editor's Note: This is the sixth in a series of previews of Auburn's 2015 football opponents.

After a bye week Auburn travels to Lexington for a Thursday night game with the Kentucky Wildcats. Coach Mark Stoops and his team will be coming off a bye as well. The game against Auburn on Oct. 15 will be the final in a stretch of four straight contests at Commonwealth Stadium with the first three against Florida, Missouri and Eastern Kentucky.

Quarterback Patrick Towles surprised many during his sophomore season by accumulating 3,021 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground and through the air. The 6-5, 241-pound playmaker will work with new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, who brings his air-raid offense from West Virginia.

The defense will be led by senior linebacker Josh Forrest (110 tackles, one interception returned for touchdown). A player who flew under the radar last season, Forrest will look to break out onto the national scene and provide more performances like his 20-tackle game vs. Tennessee.

Kentucky has a favorable schedule to start the season and with improvement, and a little bit of luck, could reasonably sit at 4-1 or 3-2 heading into its clash with Auburn. Thursday night games can on occasion be tricky so the Tigers must take the Wildcats seriously if they want to leave the Bluegrass State with a win.

Top Offensive Player: Junior Quarterback Patrick Towles

Top Defensive Player: Senior Linebacker Josh Forrest

Quick Fact: Kentucky has lost to rival Florida 28 straight times. This is the second longest active streak in the FBS (Penn State over Temple 31 times).

2014 Results: 5-7 (2-6 SEC)

2015 Schedule:

Sept. 5--Louisiana-Lafayette at Kentucky
Sept. 12--Kentucky at South Carolina
Sept. 19--Florida at Kentucky
Sept. 26--Missouri at Kentucky
Oct. 3--Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky
Oct. 15--Auburn at Kentucky
Oct. 24--Kentucky at Mississippi State
Oct. 31--Tennessee at Kentucky
Nov. 7--Kentucky at Georgia
Nov. 14--Kentucky at Vanderbilt
Nov. 21--Charlotte at Kentucky
Nov. 28--Louisville at Kentucky

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