That’s the break-the-streak dance.
With football season inching closer and closer by the minute fans around the bluegrass are making bold predictions on how the season will turn out. Still, there are a lot of questions marks going into the season which makes it that much harder to predict an actual record. So instead of trying to guess how the season will end, I want to rank the priorities of each streak for the season as far as I see it. You are welcome (and encouraged) to disagree in the comment section below.
1.) Beat Tennessee. Pretty much every year since I became a big UK Football fan we have said that ‘this will be the year.’ And at some point it just has to be. Tennessee is still down after all the coaching changes and until they can build it back up, we have got to find a way to break the streak.
2.) Keep the bowl streak going. Of course I would love to see Kentucky play in a ‘better bowl,’ than the one’s they have been. Preferably a bowl named after something you can eat (Orange, Chic-fil-a, Gator) opposed to the BBVA Compass bowl, but a post season is a post season and it’s better to have one than to not. The added publicity and practice time alone are worth it.
3.) Beat Louisville. The closer we get to the actual game, the more confident I think we are all becoming. Plus we’ve had a chance to look at their Quarterbacks, and when your coach looks like a better QB than your players do, maybe you’ve identified something to work on. A win over Louisville is a great way for Kentucky to get their season going with a third win and it also helps keep the state and the city of Louisville blue. It’s an important game, no doubt.
4.) Beat South Carolina. Okay, this one isn’t much of a streak, unless you count winning one game a streak. Which I don’t think you can actually do. But we broke theirs last year, Joker is undefeated against Steve Spurrier, and their quarterback is super annoying. I’m putting this here because I can.
5.) Beat Florida. Now, if I could only pick one game to win this season it would be the Florida game. But even though Will Muschamp is in his first year as a head coach with Florida, the Gators don’t seem quite as poised for greatness as they traditionally do, I find it hard to believe that Kentucky will win this one. Plus the games have been so lopsided lately, there really hasn’t been a lot of hatred between the fan bases, unlike the other teams.
Collectively, I think we have a fairly good checklist for a successful season. If Kentucky can pull off three of these, the season is clearly a success. Two (assuming Louisville and the bowl game,) and it’s par for the course. One or zero and Joker will be all kinds of thankful for the arrival of Anthony Davis.