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Ranking Kentucky’s Six Remaining Games


Kentucky won the bye week with a climb up to No. 26 in the rankings and a much-needed break from football to get healthy for the second half of the season. Now it’s on to the final stretch of six games and things are looking much better than anyone could’ve ever imagined. This is arguably the easiest schedule the Wildcats will ever play, but they have to capitalize on the opportunity for an unprecedented season for the program.

Here’s how I rank what’s ahead, beginning with the hardest game of the entire season…

 

1. Georgia
Athens, Ga. | Saturday, November 18

This is the only game on the schedule that Kentucky fans will watch with little optimism. Can Kentucky steal a win down in Athens? Sure, #WhyNot. But Georgia is the third-ranked team in college football right now and Sanford Stadium is one of the toughest road environments in the game, especially if there are SEC East implications on the line.

The five other remaining games are very winnable, and we should go into each one with high expectations.


2. Mississippi State
Starkville, Ms. | Saturday, October 21

Coming in at No. 2 on this list is the Cats’ next game: at Mississippi State. It will be the first road contest in over a month and the Bulldogs opened up as a 10-point favorite in the game.

You’ll have to go back to 2008 to find a Kentucky win in Starkville as the Bulldogs have taken the last three at home; and they had won seven straight in the series, until losing in Lexington on a last-second field goal one year ago.


3. Louisville
Lexington, Ky. | Saturday, November 25

Louisville is Kentucky’s third-toughest game on the schedule, although it doesn’t seem too tough after watching the Cards’ last two games. Louisville’s entire season hasn’t been all that impressive, but Lamar Jackson is still Lamar Jackson and he’ll be out for revenge after choking away last year’s meeting in Louisville.

If the game were played tomorrow, I think Kentucky would be favored.


4. Ole Miss
Lexington, Ky. | Saturday, November 4

Ole Miss is fourth, but it’s really Shea Patterson at fourth. The Rebels’ quarterback torched Vanderbilt for 351 yards and four scores over the weekend, extending his lead on the league’s other QBs with 2,143 yards on the year.

Ole Miss has been a tough team to read, but Patterson makes them a real threat.


5. Vanderbilt
Nashville, Tn. | Saturday, November 11

It wasn’t all that long ago when Vanderbilt looked like a decent football team. The Commodores knocked off a top-20 team and had one of the best defenses in the country through three games, all wins; then Alabama beat the brakes off of them in Nashville and things haven’t been the same since.

Nashville has been a tough place for Kentucky in recent years, though — the Cats have dropped three straight in that empty stadium Vanderbilt calls home, and Vandy has won four of the last six overall.

This one will be easier to gauge once we see how each team looks when it’s time to play it next month.


6. Tennessee
Lexington, Ky. | Saturday, October 28

Tennessee is trash. If not for Alabama on the Vols’ schedule this coming weekend, I think Butch Jones would’ve been fired Sunday afternoon. UT will instead keep him around long enough to let him get murdered one more time, in Tuscaloosa, and then consider firing him the week of the Kentucky game.

I’m not sure he’ll make it to Lexington for Halloween weekend. If he does, the Wildcats have the opportunity to close the book on the Butch Jones era of Tennessee football. The end is near, one way or another, because the Vols are not good at football.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

16 responses to “Ranking Kentucky’s Six Remaining Games”

  1. RICKSVD

    I’d have to put UL last, then the vols

  2. KYcats11

    Should have put kyle shurmur with the eye patch as the picture for Vany.

  3. TBW3011

    I’d flip 3 and 4 and also flip 5 and 6. We will never have an easier schedule. At the end of the season only 1 of our opponents will be ranked in the top 25. We have to take advantage of this cupcake schedule and play much better than the first 6 games. I know we could be 6-0, but we are also very fortunate to have a schedule that’s allowed us to be 5-1, while not playing great football.

  4. BlueGrass

    Man, hoping for 4-2 out of that…

    1. Luether

      More like 2-4 – maybe 3-3…

    2. UK Big Board Update

      How’s Louisville doing, Luether? LOL

      U SO MAD!!! 🙂

    3. UK Big Board Update

      More like 45-42 – maybe 41-38… 😉

      Biotch. 😉

  5. Peter Criss

    I don’t care how bad UT is, until I see us actually beat them, I won’t consider anything a sure thing. This is Kentucky Football we’re talking about. I can honestly see us with a chance at 10-2 this year, or just as easily being 5-7. I didn’t think we would be a 10 point dog this week, so we’ll see.

    1. EdC

      Yea all the trash talk about Tennessee and their coach they have owned UK in football. There is only 1 win over UT in the past 30 years, 5 in the last 40 and overall it is embarrassing since the 1930s.

      Their trash coach that everyone loves to talk about … far better lifetime w/l percentage than our most recent football coach inducted into the UK hall of fame who won <50% of his career games.

    2. UK Big Board Update

      So I assume you’ll be rooting for UT then?

  6. true2blue

    Even if we do lose to Georgia I would take 10-2 any year plus the bowl. Which I think is a strong possibility. The matchup with MSU is close to the S.C. game and I think we can keep control. All others I think we would be favored. I mean UL as a home game plus their terrible defense, I think will be in our favor. I’m so excited about this season and can’t wait to see how the guys finish it out. GO CATS!!

  7. WCats

    I think if we were real honest with ourselves as a fan base before the season started , we had the two road games at MSU & UGA as both losses and giving us a shot at an 9-3 or 8-4 year. The Team has to be ready and play their best football these next 6 games without mental mistakes and miscommunication from the coaching staff. Be ready to take chances and Don’t let the streak to UT reach Six!

  8. BigBogee

    I see the last 6 as a split(3-3).

    1. jimmer

      Ditto^^^

  9. Rauh Gauh

    Dis Respect to AJ Brown. future NFL H.O.F if he stays healthy

  10. dan213

    I’d take 3-3. But I’m hoping for 4-2 lol. And 5-1!? That’s 10-2 overall….be the best football season of my lifetime and I’m old. Put another way I remember the last time we beat Florida….just sayin and that’s bad