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Power Ranking the Top 10 UK Games to come in 2013

The Future Begins Now

The Future Begins Now

The Future Begins Now

It’s kind of hard to believe that only 6 months and a handful of days remain between now and the year 2014. Time flies when you’re experiencing a tumultuous basketball season, Stoops burning up the recruiting trail, and Cal assembling the greatest recruiting class in basketball history. Yes, 2013 has had it’s peaks and valleys but those first half of the year events led to the revenge tour being organized, the most excited football fanbase in 20 years, and a preseason number one ranking. The schedule is out and the remaining games to be played in 2013 offer plenty to be excited about. But which games are the biggest? Here are my power rankings of the top ten games to be played this year:

10. Robert Morris, November 17th

The revenge tour will officially begin on November 17th when justice is served to the college formerly known as the Pittsburg school of Accountancy.  The Colonials managed to steal a victory while UK had thrown in the towel on a disappointing season. A move like that  deserves a terrible blowout on the floor of Rupp. I think the Cats will have no problem delivering on that.

9. Vanderbilt, November 16th

Who would have ever though Kentucky would ever be trying to follow the Vanderbilt football model for building a program? In recent years Vandy has gone from doormat to having one of the hottest coaches in America, some brilliant marketing techniques, and trying to steal some marquee wins in the SEC. Last year the ‘dores proved that approach was working with a 40 point shutout that spelled the end of Joker. This game can show just how far the football team has come in just one year under Stoops.

8. Missouri, November 9th

Much like the Vandy and  Tennessee games Missouri offers a chance to see a benchmark of the progress made on the field. Missouri is an opponent that Kentucky should be able to surpass. The game on November 9th will tell us if they can surpass the Tigers this season or if it will have to wait one more year.

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7. Louisville, September 14th

The Cats, who went 2-10 last season, could very well be the toughest game on the Cards schedule next season. Which means Kentucky could be the only team that can keep UofL from going undefeated and from a possible spot in the National Championship game. It’s a tough task for a Kentucky team Stoops and Co. are hard at work to build into a contender. The Cards will come to Lexington ranked in the top ten with their quarterback a Heisman favorite. Could a repeat of 2007 be in the cards?

6. Baylor, December 6th

The revenge tour keeps rolling along when UK heads to the Dallas Palace to take on Baylor. Last year the Bears brought Cal’s undefeated home streak to an end. Now the rebulit Cats will head to the site of the Final Four to scout the location of the place where banner nine will be won. To top it all off the ladies will be joining in for a double header. Pretty hard to pass up on this trip to Jerryworld.

5. Tennessee, November 30th

If there is any hope of going to a bowl game in Stoops’ first year on campus then more than likely they will need to beat Tennessee. If a bowl is out of the question then this win could have major ramifications on the future of recruiting by ending the season on an upbeat. Plus after getting the first win of my lifetime a couple of years ago I’m ready to see the Cats start building a streak of their own.

4. North Carolina, December 14th

After that one year hiatus it’s nice to see the Tarheels back on the table. UNC will provide the Cats with their first true road game and it will be interesting to see how the young squad will react. This year’s game will feature more McDonalds Americans on one court than any other basketball game in the sport’s history (except perhaps the last time the two teams met). If the Cats are still perfect after this one then it’s time to start some serious talk of going undefeated.

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3. Michigan State, November 12th

The Cats sure got a tough draw for the champions classic. First they had to take on eventual National Runner-Up Kansas. Then they had to play a top 5 team in Duke. Now they will have to head to Chicago to square off against preseason #3 Michigan State and their experience loaded team. The game will be a major roadblock toward 40-0 as it will only be the third game of the year for the young Cats. Cal has always said he’ll take talent over experience any day, this game will provide a nice test for that philosophy.

2. WKU, August 31st

Last fall it seemed like this year’s game against Western would draw an abysmal crowd. My how things can change. Not only is the revenge factor there for the trick play upset that unfolded in Commonwealth last year but the game will also be the debut of the Stoops era. Oh yeah, it also happens to take place in BBN favorite city Nashville. Western also will be led by a new coach as well, some guy name Bobby Petrino. The first game of the year is possibly the most important game of the season for UK and will make for one epic Labor Day weekend no matter the outcome.

1. Louisville, December 28th

The game which  has been called the most anticipated game in the history of Rupp Arena is without question the biggest game of the year. When the Cats meet the Cards the game is always huge but this year’s game is a show-stopper. Not only is the game a match-up of the last two national champions but it will also be a meeting of the preseason top two teams in the nation. On paper this battle looks like one for the ages and will be a perfect way to bring 2013 to a close.


So those are my picks for the 10 biggest games of the remainder of the 2013 athletics year. Anything I missed? Let me know in the comments or on twitter: @ACassady_KSR

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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13 Comments for Power Ranking the Top 10 UK Games to come in 2013

  1. Burr
    9:48 pm May 27, 2013 Permalink

    Top 2 should be
    1. UL basketball game
    2.UL football game

  2. Please proofread
    9:48 pm May 27, 2013 Permalink

    “where banner nine will be one.” Really? Knowing the difference between “one” and “won” shouldn’t be difficult on a sports blog.

  3. Sito
    9:56 pm May 27, 2013 Permalink

    40-0 will be a lot of football scores this year than the basketball record

  4. agreed
    9:58 pm May 27, 2013 Permalink

    2- I was thinking the same thing thank you.. the comment section is ONE thing but the writers should know the difference

  5. Skaggs
    10:09 pm May 27, 2013 Permalink

    Loserville will be easy with no Silva and no Deng

  6. theSkinny81
    10:14 pm May 27, 2013 Permalink

    3 – oh I get it – Sito is Otis… spelled backwards. Wow. Now, take your backwards ass elsewhere.

  7. Not sure what serves as the basis for your assessment
    10:15 pm May 27, 2013 Permalink

    of the Missouri game. If you go back prior to Missouri joining the SEC since 2000 there really is nothing similar about these two programs and no reason to believe UK should “easily surpass them”.

  8. bluemanchew
    10:23 pm May 27, 2013 Permalink

    Who’s smoking the red stuff there is no way louieville is in the hunt even if they go unbeaten have you seen their schedule? They could be bcs bowl but no nc can’t play bunch of scrubs and play for national championship

  9. Louisville1Cal4
    10:40 pm May 27, 2013 Permalink

    We play THE toughest schedule this season in football. Sito would be lucky to finish 6-6 & that’s being generous. Argue it all you would like, won’t make you any less wrong though 🙂

  10. This Is It...
    11:27 pm May 27, 2013 Permalink

    Otis has a 1% chance of even being in contention for the NC game…Would have to be a bunch of REAL teams fall on their face for them to even get a sniff…

  11. Unboltedharp
    11:44 pm May 27, 2013 Permalink

    The Turdnials with a Heisman favorite, that’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever read. Weak schedules do not win Heismans, they are earned.

  12. dshwildcats
    6:42 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    I would agree with the assessment of the basketball game with the Cards, and the football game with Western being #1 and #2. I think the basketball game speaks for itself. But, beating the Hilltoppers on August 31st not only gets the “Stoops Era” off and running on a positive note, it exacts some revenge for that embarrassing defeat last September in Commonwealth. There was a lot of trash talking and cheap shots coming from the Western players in that game. Not mention the classlessness displayed by Willie Taggart. Now, you replace Taggart with a coach who is just as much of an arrogant, slimeball! Hopefully our players will remember the feeling that came with losing that game, and pound these clowns into the ground this time.

    I would put the football game with the Cards right up there behind the game with Western. Some Card fans have already penciled themselves in the National Championship game next January. As has already been noted, Louisville’s schedule is very, very weak. I won’t go as far as saying that Kentucky will be the best team on their schedule; but, because of the rivalry factor, I think Kentucky may stand as good a shot of upsetting them as anyone they play. Besides a winning season for Kentucky, nothing would give me more satisfaction than ruining the Cards’ dreams of an undefeated season, and a Heisman Trophy for Bridgewater.

  13. Sgt. Jimmy
    2:23 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    The CATS will not beat either Western or louisville this year. Western has a group of redshirts from last year who could also start for Kentucky right away and louisville, although a young team, has much more talent than the Cats. As far as basketball goes louisville is going to be pretty decent and Kentucky will have to bring their A game even to win at Rupp.