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I Wish We Could Have Last Season’s Football Schedule Every Year

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.

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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.


Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.

18 responses to “I Wish We Could Have Last Season’s Football Schedule Every Year”

  1. unbridled

    I’d be more worried about the strength of schedule rather than the “excitement” of it. Last year they put together 7 wins. This season will be much more challenging. How many wins can they eke out this year??

  2. ClutchCargo

    Thing is, you can’t ever count on the other teams to be as good or bad as you hope they will be. A “weak” home schedule may be less exciting to some, but it also makes those home wins more likely, and you have to win your home games to compete in this conference. The 3 games you mentioned now become winnable road games, so it’s all good! Or we could all be surprised again, so let’s see how it plays out.

    1. wildcat2012

      Couldn’t agree with you more. For all we know this years schedule could end up being “easier” when it’s all said and done. Jay is just a lame ass writer who reaches for stories and tries to make troubles that aren’t there. Dude sucks. Look him up and read all his articles and you’ll understand, he is the worst KSR has ever hired

  3. christopherharrison26

    As one patient said in “one flew over the cuckoo’s nest”. “you are one crazy fellow.”. I don’t get this marquis-team death-wish. Most fans want to see wins and since most marquis-team home games are losses, it discourages fans from attending or they go with a bit of but not a lot of hope. I realize I may be in the minority, but I enjoy success more than failure, particularity if I spend a day and a chunk of dollars on a football game. So you all who think it is below you to go to Central Mich, Murray or Mid TN games, sell your tickets at face value to some less well-off fans (mark-up on ticket-master can be painful). We like going with a high chance of success. 🙂

  4. katmandue2you

    This is such a typical KSR football post. You guys get on a kick and and just try and ride it. I’ve heard this ongoing schedule commentary numerous times….just like I’ve seen numerous pics and associated hype of Terry Wilson without even a reference to Gunnar Hoak. I’m thinking Gunnar must detest you guys…I know if I were him I would. The conference games flip every year as does Louisville…it’s just the way it is. We have one of the two teams that played in the National Championship last year (and one of the favs for returning) coming to Commonwealth….uhh Kroger. And what could be better than beating Florida in the Swamp in front of their fans on their home turf. Or beating UT at home for the first time since 84. Or establishing a post Lamar Jackson pecking order by winning again at Papa Johns. I don’t really see the schedule as harder this year. With USC, State and Vandy at home and a rebuilding Florida, UT and post Jackson Louisville on the road, I feel the schedule sets up potentially very nicely this year.

    1. wildcat2012

      AMEN!! This Jay f*****r sucks! He can’t write a good article to save his life. Please god get Jay Winklers lame ass off KSR. Hasn’t wrote a good article yet.

  5. Smyrna_Cat

    Perhaps you could write about the NBA or something.

  6. Jiminy Crickets

    The schedule set up perfect last year and we pooped the bed against Florida, and got our noses rubbed in it against Miss st, Georgia and UL. Lost 4 of our last 5 games.

    I see our team as much better this year compared to last, but may only win 5 games. We missed the golden goose last year.

  7. DennyC

    Vegas over/under win total is 5.5…. will ENJOY watching LOUISVILLE send UK home for the holidays!!!! LOL!!! Love it!

    1. cats646

      Louisville lost the only good thing they had. Bye bye Lamar!

    2. SuperTroy18

      Haha! Tards are a sinking ship! They’ll only get worse and worse until Booby leaves town and the cupboard bare a SECOND time!!

  8. CombatMedic_98

    Beating Florida, A&M, Tennessee, Missouri, at their field is even better than beating them at Home!!!

    1. SuperTroy18

      AND UL too!

  9. jahanc2uky

    Call me crazy, we have a top 10 defense in the country bext year. We have 3 weapons on offense (Benny, Baker, Conrad) that could combine for 30 TDs. At the very least this team shoupd win 7 games. 4 non conference games are more than winnable and a ton of new coaches on the schedule in the SEC (UT, UF, MSU)… Am I crazy or is this schedule better than last years?

    1. CATandMONKEY

      Don’t forget: Lynn Bowden could still be our most dangerous, overall offensive threat.

    2. jahanc2uky

      You are right, we have a team this year! Epps, Rose, Wilson, & Gunner could also all be great offensively. The schedule has 1 current elite program (UGA) and we have them at home. This year is the season Stoops and company have built towards. 5.5 wins is a F—ing Joke. 7 or bust, injuries, excuses or whatever… 6 wins or less and fans/UK should worry about the future.

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