Let me take you back in time to July 2017. Kentucky was coming off a 7-6 season and preparing for year five of the Mark Stoops Era. The new $45 million practice facility had been open for a year and a sign on the weight room wall kept catching people’s eyes: a replica of the College Football Playoff Bracket with Kentucky’s name in one of the four slots under the heading “What have you done to get better today?”
At the time, most mocked the sign, but 16 months later, here the Cats are, number nine in the College Football Playoff rankings. It’s not the top four, but could any of us have imagined that?
A win over Georgia (No. 6 in the rankings) would move Kentucky up that list even further up that list, possibly into the top six. That seems crazy…but not as crazy as that sign did 16 months ago.