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5 Reasons to Embrace Kentucky’s Brutal Football Schedule

Kentucky has arguably the toughest schedule in college football this season. Yesterday we learned that Kentucky will face 5 of the USA Today Coaches Poll’s Pre-Season Top 10 teams. The task is nothing short of daunting for new head coach Mark Stoops in his first season in Lexington. The schedule will always be tough when competing in the SEC, but this year’s will be as tough as any in recent memory. Knowing that the road ahead is difficult, here are 5 reasons to embrace Kentucky’s brutal football schedule. Why not look at the glass half full? Let’s try to find that silver lining, if there is to be one…

1. We will get to see the best teams in America come to Lexington for home games

Sometimes if you know that your team is not going to have the best season, you can at least find excitement in the fact that you will get to see some of the country’s best teams on display. Whether or not the games will be ultra competitive or not, Commonwealth will play host to the big boys in the SEC such as Florida and Alabama. Chances are good that we will see the future national champion with our very own eyes playing in Lexington on October 12th.

2. It buys Mark Stoops a year (unless you’re one of those kind of crazy fans)

A new head coach should always be given a year or two buffer from the fans before they start making snap judgments on whether or not he/she will be successful. In a prefect world, all fans and administrations would allow for a transition period before passing judgment. If any fans were not willing to at least give a year buffer to Mark Stoops anyway upon his hire, this year’s #1 ranked schedule in difficulty in the country SHOULD at least buy him a year. Anyone who expects a large number of wins against this schedule is probably just being unrealistic. If Stoops had a relatively “easy” year in comparison for an SEC schedule, more pressure would be placed on him and his team to get results right away.

3. A chance for a big time upset to bring major buzz to Kentucky

Remember when we upset LSU when they were ranked #1? Remember when we ruined Brian Brohm and Louisville’s national championship hopes right at the start of the season? Although the odds won’t be in Kentucky’s favor to win any games against the highly favored teams, Kentucky will have a chance in at least half of its games to pull of major upsets that would create a huge buzz for the program. A single win (even if the rest of the season is mediocre or bad) against either Louisville, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama or Georgia would mean knocking off a legitimate top 10 team in the country. I’m not saying it’s likely to happen, or even feasible. But hey, we can dream, right?

4. With the amount of insanely good teams in the SEC, surely at least one of these SEC schools will overlook Kentucky

If something like #3 is to happen, it might just be because Kentucky catches someone off guard or sleeping. With all of the juggernauts in the SEC, surely at least one team will not take Kentucky as seriously as they should. Could that lack of focus be just enough to allow Kentucky to pull one over on someone?

5. It’ll get better next year…

The brutal schedule this year sets up for a much more favorable SEC schedule next season for Kentucky. Stoops will have more talent available on his roster and an extra year to implement and perfect his offensive and defensive schemes.


Only 4 weeks until football season, folks…

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

9 Comments for 5 Reasons to Embrace Kentucky’s Brutal Football Schedule

  1. jhnny
    6:28 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    First- we are going to have a long season- but there is reason to believe we will be much better in the years to come.

    Second- The idea that the schedule will buy Stoops “a year” is laughable. This program is in the dumps because of the lousy recruiting Joker did while head coach (despite what Matt Jones said for three years on his radio show about Joke recruiting the best classes in UK history. He didn’t and they weren’t). Stoops gets at least three years before any criticism comes his way, in my eyes. But I have a feeling that will be plenty to turn this thing around given how good he has recruited.

  2. Al/in/Indy
    8:18 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    1st of all Coach Stoops should have at the very least4 years to get his program in place. Very few freshmen are good/strong enough to start for team, especially in the SEC.
    2nd, remember what he came into when he took this job. These kids were beaten down to a point during games where even with the likes of a Randall Cobb, they never saw the ball come their way in tight situations, plus the game calls, or getting a penality because they wasted so much time along the side lines
    last but not least our schedule is nothing more than a murderers row. Hell even a Ohio State doesn’t have this kind of ridiculous schedule.
    I have every ounce of confidence that Stoops will bring us out of this situation that Joker left us in. GO CATS!
    #1 Joker very well brought “SOME” SEC type caliper players in, but Joker wasn’t nor will he ever be a good head coach.

  3. Strong says
    9:47 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Much better? Just because you don’t finish dead last does that mean much better?

  4. Truth
    10:09 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Who the F#** UK fan wants to go to Commonwealth to see the OTHER team. I don’t care if Bama, The New York Giants or the Shitzburg Turd Burglars…at Commonwealth there’s only one team to see..and that’s UK. Seriously….”when your team is down, at least you can see good teams play”…WTF!??!?!! Got-damn just quit sports for f’ing crying out loud.

  5. Jesus
    10:16 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Even if I was playing for UK they’d still lose to Alabama.

  6. Jerrence Tones
    10:18 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    This year’s team is going get stomped on! Wait…

  7. whysoserious
    2:08 am August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Not at CWS but the loss to WKU is going to be the most painful. Especially if it is a beatdown….

  8. Laughing out loud
    5:40 am August 3, 2013 Permalink

    What are you talking about, this schedule SHOULD buy Stoops a year. That is the most funny statement ever on KSR, EVER.
    Put yourself in the shoes of the UK football players of this year who read this. I’m sure they think of you as a classy sports expert.
    Get off your couch and go watch practice and write something semi intelligent and worthwhile, just once, please!

  9. JChapman
    12:29 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Well, that’s certainly a “glass half empty” way to look at it. The number one reason is that it will give our young team an opportunity to play the best in the country. It really is true: You can’t be the best if you don’t play the best. SHEEEEEESH!!!!