Today the SEC announced the kickoff time for Kentuckyâ€™s home finale against Louisville at noon. In doing so, it brought me to this. We NEED to pack Kroger Field for Louisville, no matter what happens in Athens.Iâ€™m not saying Kentucky will get blown out, Iâ€™m not even saying losing is a foregone conclusion, but Georgia opened as a 22-point favorite for a reason and chances are slim.
I know most fans check out when basketball season kicks in and attendance is never too great after a loss, which is understandable, but itâ€™s important we change that November 25th for more reasons than just a rowdy crowd.
Last Chance to See Kentucky at Home
The first and most obvious reason to attend this game is it will be your last chance to catch the Cats in action at Kroger Field until September. Attendance at Kroger Field this year has been amazing, so what would one more game hurt?
Even though this season has had its ups and downs, this team has had a special 7-3 season and theyâ€™re not done yet. This is a season we donâ€™t see too often in Lexington. Whatâ€™s an appropriate way celebrate them? Giving them one last packed house, against our in-state rival to show our appreciation.
A Chance To Witness History
Kentucky has a chance to reach history against Louisville, an eight-win season. Kentucky hasn’t reached eight wins in a regular season since 1984 when Jerry Claiborne led the Cats to a Hall of Fame Bowl victory over Wisconsin. Mind you this would be the first time in 33 years, and some of you reading this weren’t even alive yet.
Another history tidbit, this team has already made history. This is the first time since 1977 that Kentucky has had back to back seven-win seasons. Kentucky just honored three teams a few weeks ago, and none of them had back to back seven-win season, so you can only imagine the pedestal we will put this team on? Wouldn’t you love to say you saw this team in person?
The home finale also means it will be Senior Day at Kroger field. Few Kentucky football seniors can say theyâ€™ve played in two bowl games, let alone one.
Some notable seniors includeÂ Courtney Love, Austin MacGinnis, Blake Bone, Juice Johnson, Charles Walker, Matt Elam, and some quarterback named Stephen Johnson. This class of Kentucky football players has been good to us, so letâ€™s give them one last sellout, and cheer them on to a victory against Louisville.
Last and certainly not least, itâ€™s Louisville. Our biggest rival of the year, plus we beat them last year at their place. I was there when Lamar Jackson fumbled inside the ten, and I can honestly say the Louisville faithful were not a factor in the game and we all saw the outcome. Theyâ€™ll be looking to return the favor, so we must show up to make them as least comfortable as possible. This could also be your last chance to witness Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson in person. As much as I hate that he goes to Louisville, he is a special talent.
Saturday could be ugly against the Bulldogs, but I once again ask the Big Blue Nation to stay the course, one last time this season. For one last game.
This game is always a lot of fun, especially in the stadium. I hope to see most of you at Kroger Field November 25th against Louisville.
You can buy tickets here.