The rush of excitement for the fall comes, for many, in the form of UK’s spring football game. It’s the first glimpse into next season’s prospects, a chance for fans who have been debating who next year’s quarterback will be to finally get some empirical evidence.
The Cats looked solid in the 2018 spring game, with A.J. Rose stablishing himself as a valuable member of the backfield with 3 touchdowns. So there are reasons to be optimistic for next season. I just wish the schedule were a little more exciting.
UK’s 2018 home slate is very underwhelming. None of our marquee rivalry matchups will take place in Kroger Field. Last year’s win over Tennessee makes the upcoming road trip to Knoxville less significant, and the departure of Lamar Jackson and Stephen Johnson takes a lot of the intrigue away from the showdown in Louisville.
And this is just me being selfish, but nevertheless: if the Florida streak is going to end, I want it to be in front of a raucous crowd filled with blue, not the whimpering Gator faithful in the Swamp.
I get that last season’s home game trio of Florida/Tennessee/Louisville is like catching lightning in a bottle when it comes to excitement, but that’s what makes it easy to miss.
I’ll still be in Kroger Field cheering the Cats on against the likes of Georgia and Miss. St. this year. Hopefully the play on the field can fill in the gaps of electricity where the schedule is lacking.