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Five Thoughts on UK’s 2014 Football Schedule


1. The Louisville game moves to the end of the season

This is the obvious change from years past. Moving the game to the end of the season amps up the rivalry angle, as the best college football in-state rivalries take place that weekend (Florida/Florida State, Clemson/South Carolina, Georgia/Georgia Tech). That’s also Thanksgiving weekend, which means there will be some serious trash talking at divided homes during the three-day build-up to kickoff. In addition, a big win over the Cards could really set the tone for the next season, which Kentucky feels will be its breakout year.

2. Callin’ Baton Rouge

Mississippi State and LSU are Kentucky’s two SEC West opponents next year, and the Tigers at home are a pretty unfortunate draw when it comes to the chances of winning the game, but it sets up the road trip many of us have been waiting for. Seeing a game in Death Valley is on any sports fan’s bucket list, and the tailgating scene in Baton Rouge is legendary. Kentucky will be a huge underdog in that game, but would there be anything more fun than going to the LSU game and giving Les Miles and the Tigers a scare?

3. Vandy will be the cure for the Florida hangover

The other major change in the schedule is the Vandy game moving from the end of the season to the beginning of the conference run. Kentucky will still open the SEC schedule at Florida, which never goes well, but at least they have a bye week followed by a winnable game against Vandy at home to follow up with. In the past few years, the Florida game has been followed by South Carolina, which isn’t much of a reprieve. If the Cats lose in Gainesville, they have a good chance to reclaim the momentum they built in the non-conference schedule with a win over the Commodores. If they beat Florida, just try to stop that train.

4. The bye weeks are good

UK will have bye weeks prior to the Vandy game and the Louisville game. Having a week off after the Tennessee game to prepare for Louisville will be crucial. Not only can the Cats take an extra week to rest and heal, the hype leading up to the showdown in Louisville will be epic.

5. There is a path to a bowl game

We’ve talked about how 2014 could be the season the Cats start to turn some heads. While 2015 may be their breakout year, Drew Barker and the 2014 class will be on campus and the Stoops system will fully be in place. Fortunately, there seems to be a path to the bowl game in this schedule. Let’s briefly go through it, game-by-game:

Aug. 30: UT Martin — Win
Sept. 6: Ohio University — Win
Sept. 13: at Florida — Probable loss
Sept. 27: Vanderbilt — Potential win
Oct. 4: South Carolina — Probable loss
Oct. 11: ULM — Win
Oct. 18: at LSU — Probable loss
Oct. 25: Mississippi State — Potential win
Nov. 1: at Missouri — Potential win
Nov. 8: Georgia — Probable loss
Nov. 15: at Tennessee — Potential win
Nov. 29: at Louisville — Potential win

So, three sure wins, five potential wins, and four probable losses. Could the Cats go bowling in 2014?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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29 Comments for Five Thoughts on UK’s 2014 Football Schedule

  1. Question
    12:04 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    UofL fan here. What does BBN think of the rivalry game being at the end of the year? Also, what’s the rationale for having it 3rd as opposed to 1st? Thanks.

  2. bb
    12:11 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like it could be a year for a big time win! Some stoops magic. Are we gonna have a home away series with louisiana monroe. If so i can see a road trip to hang out with uncle Si!

  3. kdh2011
    12:13 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Not sure about Ohio and ULM being sure wins. Both those programs produce teams that scare BCS opponents. ULM says hello to Arkansas, Auburn, and Baylor. Ohio to Penn State, Rutgers, and Tennessee.

  4. Acd
    12:14 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    We may struggle this year, but the “probable loss” and inevitable “Florida hangover” talk needs to stop after 2013. I remember in 2006-2008 when we thought we at least had a chance to win every game. 2014 and beyond should feel the same way. Someone tell me if I’m wrong but with the exception of maybe Death Valley, I feel like we should always compete after this season.

    12:14 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Our last home game is the second week of NOV. WOW?

    12:19 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    At least we get to play our rival during rivalry week. Just hope it doesn’t get overshadowed by the other big rivals and moved off national tv!

  7. DH
    12:20 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    1) This UK fan loves the idea. There could potentially be so much more to play for. It may not get as much national attention as it would if it was the first game when there aren’t any other good games being played, but it should be a BETTER game.

  8. RICK
    12:21 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Big KY fan here and i love the game being the first game of the season.Just my thought.

  9. JB
    12:31 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    I LOVE playing UL in the last game. We all know how the BCS draw works, if you lose early there is a chance for you but when you lose late it’s still fresh on everyone’s mind.

    How sweet it’ll be if we knock off UL next year if they are on the heels of another BCS game due to their cupcake schedule.

    This schedule makes me happy, happy, happy.

  10. JB
    12:33 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Well stated #4. I agree. Please quit putting the “little guy” label on UK Football KSR.

    With Stoops we are poised to compete with any school 2-3 years from now! We are the #BBN, we bow to no one!

  11. Acd
    12:37 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    9) They begin ACC play next year and will not have a cupcake schedule. Would take a monster year for them to be in BCS contention during the final week of the season.

  12. inlinefor9
    12:41 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    I think there are possibly up to 7 wins in that schedule.

    UTM, Ohio, Vandy, ULM, Miss St, Mizzou, and UofL.

    All possible wins there. Not saying or predicting we’ll get 7 wins but if we improve, it’s certainly possible. Bye weeks are set up nicely for us.

  13. You aren't serious, right?
    12:42 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Really? I’m not sure any unbiased person in the country would agree that @Tenn and @L’ville are probable wins. They are very rarely are probable wins, and that likely won’t change untill at least 2015, and maybe not even then. But of course this is a site where UK fans can go to get their own outlandish and unrealistic opinions fed back to them, so I guess it’s work out

  14. inlinefor9
    12:44 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    #1 It’s awesome. Great way to cap off the year and game could have greater signifigance now.

    Rationale for 3rd vs 1st game was that you get to see a better game. Gives teams chance to shake off the rust of the offseason. By 3rd week, in theory, you are much improved and much more comfortable on the field. Gives you a chance to ease into the season.

  15. Easy Rider
    12:46 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    #4 & #10 – totally agree. That is exactly the type of mindset Stoops and the staff are trying to overcome. There is no reason to believe UK can’t become a consistently good to great football team, for the same reasons there was no reason for Oregon, Boise State, etc to remain mediocre. Personally I hate trying to predict wins & losses – especially so far in the future.

  16. NotSatire
    1:17 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    The negative nannies get fewer by the day…:)

  17. JohnW
    1:24 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    8 straight games will cost us… the last open week is in a bad spot…..

  18. CatsChris
    1:24 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    13 – it says potential win not probable win. Classic Card fan that can’t read…

  19. jame223
    1:25 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    1) its the week that all SEC-ACC rivalry games are held. Same has georgia-georgia tech, south carolina-clemson, florida-fsu

  20. Tigerkat
    1:35 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Will Florida ever have to play at UK in the cold?

  21. STEVE!
    2:10 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Every time I read an article about this year’s schedule and next year’s, it mentions a potential or probable win over a team that won nine games last year, including their last seven, won a Bowl game, has most of their team returning, and has outscored us 78-8 over the last two years. Yes, Vanderbilt. Is Stoops THAT much of an upgrade over Joker?

  22. Rise
    2:27 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    TN will be a probable loss. We only beat them once in the past two decades even in their down years. Plus they are getting in some great players.

  23. Probable
    2:42 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    I am tentative.

  24. Irving "Wildcat" Murphy
    2:57 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Where are you getting this idea that “Kentucky figures 2015 will be its breakout year”? So far as I know, you just made that up. I’ve heard no serious proponent of the program saying that.
    On the contrary, what they have said over and over again is that they are NOT assuming there is EVER going to be any kind of “breakout,” but rather a gradual and (I am hopeful) thorough process of constantly getting better every game until our team is truly competitive every time the whistle blows.
    Yeah, fairweather fans and folks who never played the game may talk of “breakouts,” but if you know what college football is like, then you know this talk of the magical breakout needs to stop. And if it takes three seasons for us to be competitive, God help us anyway.

  25. Blue To The Bone...
    3:04 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    #1…Third game because OUR COACH wanted it that way when at OUR PLACE…If you outbirds didn’t like it tough!!!!!…

  26. Matt
    3:15 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Seriously…already predicting next season? C’mon…..

  27. Jed Bartlet
    3:34 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    I am a new season ticket holder. Should I have received my tickets by now???

  28. Mars Bonfire
    7:59 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    #20 my thought exactly. Somebody at Florida must have pictures, if you know what i mean. #27 My tickets haven’t come in either, just keep looking they’ll be in any day now.

  29. Gotta say it
    8:03 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Probable=likely and potential=unlikely.