Confidence going into a new season could mean a variety of things. For one, it could be a bad thing. Overconfidence calls for anything less than the norm to become a disappointment. On the other hand, under confidence just isn’t fun. Why look at a team and say that they’re going to stink?
This year’s Kentucky team is interesting when it comes to confidence. It has been a long time since there was a point where fans could feel as good as they did after last season. Take away the streak being broken and a top 25 ranking, the 10 win season/Citrus Bowl win would have made for an unbelievable season regardless of the result of a Florida win.
This coming season, we look at what could be the “easiest” schedule in recent history. Your four non-conference games include two MAC schools, an FCS opponent and what should be a bad Louisville team. That should be four easy wins.
Then comes Vanderbilt, Arkansas, and Tennessee which on paper should be victories as well. That alone puts the Cats at the seven-win threshold.
We then move to the remaining five games against Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Florida, and Missouri; the latter pair of which is at home.
Am I crazy for not seeing at least two wins out of these five? Even if the team loses a game it should win (a la Tennessee last season), I still see plenty of chances to cross that eight-win plateau.
All of that brings me back to confidence. Am I overconfident for saying that eight wins are expected? I say no. It has been a long time since that question could even be asked and people have a legitimate argument for saying that eight is not only just possible but also likely.
I am a firm believer that Kentucky fans have every right to have a sense of confidence going into this season. Will another 10 win year be on the way? Probably not, but then again, I’m not sure you could have gotten me to believe that last year’s team would have been the one to do it.