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Mark Stoops won’t look at the SEC East Standings


To celebrate the Bye Week, Mark Stoops enjoyed a stress-free Saturday.

“It was good to sit back and watch other people,” said the UK head coach.  “It was a wild weekend, that’s for sure. But it was good. It was good to sit there and be stress free for a day.”

He saw plenty of football in-between Dad duties for a son’s birthday party, but he didn’t take the time to see where things stood once the dust settled.  He has not yet looked at the SEC East standings and he is telling his players to do the same.

“We’re going to be one week at a time.  We know that.  I’ve said that all year.  We’re going to try to go 1-0. We’re going to try to win this week and put ourselves in a position to win this week. We have six one-week seasons left.”

Stoops may not have his eye on them, but it’s an injustice to look away from these beautiful standings.

It’s fun to look down the road and play out the many possible scenarios.  While we try to forecast the future that could put Kentucky in Atlanta, Stoops just wants to make sure his team is ready to play against a hungry Vanderbilt team.

“Vandy is a team that’s really well coached. I have a lot of respect for Derek (Mason) and what he does and how he coaches,” Stoops said.

They’re just looking for that breakthrough. They had a great opportunity to beat Notre Dame and then had a great opportunity against Florida; two very, very good football teams.  You see what they’re capable of.  Vandy is a good team.  They’re hungry.  They play hard.  We’re going to have to play very good football.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 responses to “Mark Stoops won’t look at the SEC East Standings”

  1. SEC4LIFE22

    Possible Scenario…
    What if UK, UGA & UF are all two loss teams (6-2) tied for 1st place? Who goes to Atlanta?
    UK Losses would be Texas A&M & UGA
    UGA Losses would be LSU & UF
    UF Losses would be UK & one of their other remaining games vs. S. Carolina or Mizzou

    1. cats646

      We have a 3 way team brawl. Last team standing wins

    2. micahmoyers

      In that case UGA would go, because they would have the tiebreaker over Kentucky, and would only have one loss against the east, where as Florida would have two.

    3. Catuary

      The tiebreaker rules are here. Good luck figuring them out. http://www.secsports.com/article/11145479/sec-divisional-tie-breaker

  2. gasman01

    It’s still a shame we lost to A&M. Any offense and we are alone in first place… I only hope we corrected all the problems during the off week.

  3. UkJarhead

    Record against rest of East then against West.

  4. Shively1978

    So in reality we really need to win out. If we loose to Missouri or Tennessee we have to beat Georgia and someone has to beat Fla

    1. gasman01

      It would suck to lose at Tenn also… they are starting to play better football..

  5. DelrayCat

    What if Cats win out until the UL game…with a chance to go to the playoffs…and already in the SEC title game…and lose to the dirty birds…that would suck…lol.

    1. UK Big Board Update

      Meh, Louisville is playing like Jokers last UK teams…

  6. Go Deep

    So many negativos. Just enjoy it weekly.