Let’s cut right to the chase. Saturday flat out sucked and if you’re reading this, chances are you are still recovering. But it’s a new week, what’s done is done and it’s time to turn the page. We as fans need to show more support than ever for this Kentucky football team right now. I know how bad it hurt Saturday night, but put it into perspective, we are just fans. Imagine how the players and coaching staff felt after the game? Actually, you can get a sense of that in KSR’s own Jay Winkler’s article here.
With all that said, we need to rally and come together as one Big Blue family and support this team.
I’m not saying we better sellout the game this Saturday. But, I will say if you are able to make it to Kroger Field on Saturday, please do so and make your presence felt for those players. Last Saturday, with our sellout crowd, we further proved that we are the best fan-base in the nation. Are we going to let one loss put us down for the count, or are we going to let this Florida game be a catalyst for a special season?
As coach Mingione said earlier this morning on KSR, “you learn a lot by someone when things don’t go their way”, and I’m a firm believer that we will rise up and respond stronger than ever.
Looking at the schedule, Kentucky should still have a great season, assuming we go into the bye week 5-1. That puts the Cats one win away from a bowl game. But where does that sixth win come from? There are a lot of potential games to pick up that sixth win, but there are three that really stand out. Those games would be Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.
Ole Miss has been reeling since they finished 5-7 last year, and the stunning news that broke this summer about their former head coach Hugh Freeze. That has put a damper on the Rebels season. For Tennessee, there is no hotter seat in college football right now than the one of Butch Jones. They just barely escaped UMass, and are still reeling from their game in the Swamp. Keep an eye out for a struggling Tennessee team rolling into Lexington on Halloween weekend. Vanderbilt is always a team Kentucky fans think we can beat (aside from the dreadful 2012 game), but this season Derek Mason has the ‘Dores in a good position. On the contrary, there is a good chance Alabama has sent their season into a tailspin with the clobbering they dished out to Vandy Saturday. Kentucky matches up very well with the Commodores, and if the Cats play to their potential they should walk out of Nashville with a win.
Now if Kentucky wins one of those games, that’d be great, but if they could win two, they would be 7-5 in back to back seasons. Win three of those games and Kentucky will have an eight-win regular season. That’s something that hasn’t been done since 1984 (that’s longer than the streak, by the way).
So, in these next two weeks before the bye, take some time and recover. Enjoy the games in which Kentucky should win and be ready to go for the latter part of the season. Kentucky’s season is not derailed by any means and I still feel we are going to have a special season.
So, BBN…let’s go to work.