Tom Leach said much the same thing in his “Leach Report” earlier this weekend, but it’s refreshing to see a non-UK source noticing that Kentucky football is headed in the right direction. Even after losing the biggest game of the year.
But that’s exactly the take-away that Saturday Down South has from this weekend re: the Governor’s Cup, even if the sub-heading is “Squandered Opportunities.” True, the opportunities were missed, but at least they were there, right?
It was ultimately some pretty good news:
Kentucky left plays all over the field against Louisville, along with several critical dropped passes. In order to beat top 10 opponents, those plays have to be made. I loved the intensity the Kentucky defense started the game with, but ultimately, that intensity wore down late, and holding Teddy Bridgewater down proved difficult in the second half. Kentucky is on the right track; it’s just going to take a while to get there.
The best news going forward is that Kentucky presented themselves with opportunities for big plays against a (arguably) top-ten team. If they give themselves the same opportunities against a Florida team with a much less-dangerous quarterback, there’s every reason to think that game can be competitive.
Will they get better sooner, or later? The best news is that it’s more a question of time, rather than whether the improvement will be there at all.