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Is Arkansas the most winnable SEC game left on Kentucky’s schedule?

There’s never a good reason not to use this picture. (*Note to self: Come back and delete this if Barnhart hires him.)

We’re three games into 2012’s SEC slate, and have yet to pick up a league win.  Granted, our games have been against ranked, undefeated teams, but still, it’s easy to lose a little bit of hope.  Starting this week, though, our games get exponentially more winnable.

Arkansas has struggled mightily all season, and will be Kentucky’s first vulnerable SEC opponent.  But is this Kentucky’s best, or even only chance at a league win this season?  Let’s take a quick look at the remaining SEC opponents:


Alright, so far off to a bad start.  I’m not even going to put anything here.  Georgia was a top five team going into the weekend, and should still be around the top ten even after a loss to USC.  I’m not saying we can’t win, but it’s not more likely than the other teams on the schedule.  Moving on.


The SEC East’s newest addition is 0-3 inside the league and just lost at home to the Vanderbilt Fightin’ Franklins.  That’s less worrisome than it looks, though, considering the only other conference teams the Tigers have played are South Carolina and Georgia.  Outside the SEC, Mizzou is a perfect 3-0.  They’ll have their hands full with Alabama next week, before taking a week off to prepare for the Wildcats.  It’s very likely that we’ll go into Columbia with the Tigers hungry for their first SEC win.  Like, ever.  Those guys will be smelling blood.  Even though Mizzou is struggling in SEC play, don’t look for an easy game on the 27th.


Seemed like Vandy was everywhere in the preseason, with folks fawning over Franklin’s motivational tactics and lack of scholarship frugality.  But after losing to Northwestern in the second week of the season, that love affair cooled pretty quickly.  Turns out, Northwestern’s not bad.  The Big Ten Wildcats cracked the top 25 this past weekend (#24) before losing their first game to Penn State on Saturday.  So we can’t necessarily knock Vandy for dropping that one.  Meanwhile, the Commies have racked up a 1-2 SEC record, losing to Georgia and South Carolina, but beating Mizzou at Mizzou.  We’ll get Vandy at home, but I’m not sure the 11,000 people in Commonwealth will give us much of a homefield advantage.  Expect Franklin to get crazy with some aggressive calls to put Joker on his heels and control the pace early.  Vandy’s dangerous because they, like us, have to earn their reputation.  Trouble is, they’re willing to play risky in order to get it.


Tennessee is 3-2 and still mad at us.  The ever-increasing injury list may actually work in our favor, though:


Can we start our own streak at two in a row?  History says “probably not.”


Arkansas has been nothing short of an enigma this season: despite preseason hype, the Razorbacks are 94th and 104th in points for and points against.  Their offense is bad, and their defense is worse.  Compare that to 107th and 91st, respectively, for Kentucky, and things look pretty even.  In fact, average both sets of rankings, and each team is right at 99th.  Disappointing, but equally so.  Believe it or not, the Hogs were actually in the top ten to start the season, but quickly fell from favor after losing to Louisiana-Monroe, followed by everyone else.  They just picked up their first SEC win against an equally miserable Auburn team.  At 2-4, Arkansas currently has the worst overall record of our remaining SEC opponents.  We have to play this one away from Commonwealth, but that doesn’t put it out of reach.

Kentucky has struggle so far, but there are some winnable games left on the slate other than just Samford.  Arkansas has been disappointing, but Mizzou and Vandy have struggled more than they’re comfortable with, too.  Ultimately, though, are the Hogs our best chance at an SEC win?

Article written by Corey Nichols

33 Comments for Is Arkansas the most winnable SEC game left on Kentucky’s schedule?

  1. BlueCat
    9:04 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t think John L. won’t get fired up for us! Samford is probably it.

  2. Take No Prisoners
    9:16 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    No, we can’t beat Arkansas as long as they have the magic snout on their side…!

  3. SEC fan
    9:17 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    All you’re going to hear on the radio this week is about the TD pass towels threw and midnight madness. #lame Reason number 12,679 why UK football will never be competitive in the SEC. You think down in the real South anybody is talking about basketball? NO, Rhetorical question Farley.

  4. Corey Nichols
    9:19 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    1 – I took Samford out of the equation (“most winnable SEC game”). But yeah, I’d say that’s definitely accurate.

  5. JayCee
    9:21 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    “On the bright side, UT fans have to be concerned that UK is just two more injuries away from starting a WR at QB again this year”

    Shouldn’t be an issue. Take any of our WR’s and teach them to make the screen pass and to hand off and they already know 90% of the playbook.

  6. JayCee
    9:22 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Road Game in the SEC. Remind me how many of those we’ve won under Joker.

    Nuff Said.

  7. underdog by 18
    9:30 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    we are only 18 point dogs this Saturday! Sounds hopeful!

  8. Rixter
    9:30 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    STOP IT with the ‘winnable games’ crap. Samford is a winnable game. That’s it.

  9. Rixter
    9:31 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Remember how Miss State was a ‘winnable game’? Remember how they weren’t very good? Well, neither are we.

  10. RealCatsFan
    9:37 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Meh – there ARE no more winnable games on the schedule. Might as well embrace that lone win for the season, because that will be IT for the Joke’s swan song of a season.

    Prediction: dressing up as Bobby Petrino in a neck brace will be the #1 Halloween costume in the state of Arkansas.

  11. barn
    9:39 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    about that picture, i just want to say hahahahaha…..i have it saved for future reference

  12. Hoover calling...Lets talk guys...
    9:46 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Guys come on now perk up…you know this is how it would be. Revisit the terms and conditions for your being a member of the Southeastern Conference. You control and dictate basketball and win title after title, while the rest of us use you as a glorified off week during the fall. This is how its always been…don’t go and try to ruin what a great thing we have.

  13. tabb
    9:52 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    I guess Ol’ “Olympic Sport” Mitch scolded KSR about the trashing of Cutcliffe on the air last week and demanded they run puff pieces on the Duke coach and this ridiculous picture of the coach most KY fans want. Super!

  14. portlandky
    9:54 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’m still trying to figure out how UK beat Kent St. I totally agree with #5 except he forgot to add (and anyone should be able to do this) throw a 4 yard pass on 3rd & 12.

  15. UKGrad
    9:57 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    The angry and uninformed section of our fan-base has officially reached the point where they would hire Vlad The Impaler and allow him to sacrifice children during halftime on the 50 yd line, if it mean’t we would win in the SEC. Anyone who thinks that a major name is coming anytime soon is sadly mistaken. The uninformed masses feel that you can just throw a large amount of money out there and every coach in America will come running.
    Even if Mitch hired Petrino, if something went wrong all the “smart” fans would be calling for Mitch’s head and screaming about how everyone knew the hire was bad from the start.

  16. westerncat
    10:05 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry to say we will not win another game this year. Some of you who think we can need to get your head of the sand.

  17. Corey Nichols
    10:06 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    13 – Anyone trying to make us write a particular opinion will absolutely have the opposite effects. We’re dicks that way.

  18. bdiddy923
    10:09 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    “Even though Mizzou is struggling in SEC play, don’t look for an easy game on the 27th.”

    I have never, ever, ever, ever looked for an easy game when it comes to Kentucky football. Ever.

  19. HicksPickSix
    10:27 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Corey’s vast football knowledge almost trumps his strong understanding of the NBA, college basketball, the NFL, and kickball.

  20. newtag
    10:28 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    #weareuk #wearewaitingforbasketballseason

  21. portlandky
    11:21 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    It is hard to win any game when your coach is scared to death of the team on the other sideline. I think we need to get another coach-in-waiting as soon as we can. That way we can be assured of many more seasons of 2-4 yard passes and draw plays when it’s 3rd-4th down and 12-20 yds to go.

  22. just saying
    11:23 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Perfect scenerio for Barnhardt!! Last season we were destroyed by USC, Vandy, Florida, and lost at home to a Louisville team we were favored to win, and almost lost to WKU in their first season as D1, but we beat a HORRIBLE Tennessee team and all was forgiven. Welcome back Joker!!

    NOW…Fans are boycotting, team gets blown out by Louisville (pulled their entire 1st team offense at halftime), loses to Western Kentucky at home, blown out by Florida, lose by 3 touchdowns at home to USC (and fans beat their chest about leading at halftime), the worst “Top 25” team comes to UK and wins by 2 touchdowns, but WAIT!!!! We have a CHANCE to beat Arkansas at their worst season EVER, and we MIGHT be able to beat Missou in their first season in the SEC, and its POSSIBLE we could beat Vandy.
    Throw in Samford and we get……drumroll please…..another reason to keep Joker and another off-season hearing about how Joker was able to win 5 games and how much “young talent”, “great first half”, and “Towles TD drive” will mean that we will be SO much better next season. Only to open the year with another asskicking from Louisville followed by beat downs to Florida, USC, Georgia, Miss St, and Vandy again next year, and talking about “who should we hire as head coach”

    UK football=groundhog day

  23. Corey Nichols
    11:29 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    19 – @coreynicholsKSR. Still waiting to hear from you.

  24. Lip set
    11:53 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Something that has been failed to mention is the fact that Arkansas was a top 5 team with a certain coach! And now uk can play with them without this coach!!!!!…… The coach in question IS AVAILABLE

  25. Head Bussa
    12:06 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’d say the games we can compete a little bit in are Mizzou, Arkansas, and Vandy. That stated, all teams will continue to improve and will be fighting like hell not to lose to us.

  26. JJ
    12:08 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    No. Arkansas now has Tyler Wilson back. They will be much better with him, as it showed this weekend against Auburn. I think Missouri and Vanderbilt will be our best bets to get an SEC win. Not that I don’t think we can win against each of the teams above (minus Georgia). Our opponents that beat us have lost a combined 2 losses between all five of them. I know we have a lot of injuries, but we can match up with all of those teams except for georgia. I think 5 of the 6 remaining games are extremely winnable and will all be tossups.

  27. Head Bussa
    12:09 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    I really feel if Towles was healthy we could win a game or two against Mizzou, Ark., or Vandy. I don’t think Whitlow gives us any chance.

  28. DavrMustainesHair
    12:29 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    what #27 said.

  29. TheRealHambone
    12:34 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    The stupidity of some of the posters on here never ceases to amaze me. Wanting Bobby Petrino to coach football at UK correlates with inviting Ted Bundy to your daughter’s sweet sixteen birthday party.

  30. reddit
    1:54 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    #29- Or the same stupidity of a poster who advocates having a head coach with a widely known extramarital affair with Mary Jo Perino. Right princess?

  31. just wondering
    2:05 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    @29 – if a fan base can welcome Calipari they should be ready to welcome Petrino!

  32. Tab
    3:19 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Has Barnhart hired Petrino yet? I’m tired of waiting, let’s get this guy signed sealed and delivered.

  33. Under Arm Pit
    11:19 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    That looks like an Under Armour neck brace….given that connection I’m guessing he will be next Maryland coach !