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Sunday Look-Ahead: The Final Four Opponents

 

With last night’s loss to Georgia, Kentucky was eliminated from bowl eligibility and will not be participating in the post season for the second year in a row. The game saw the Cats give a great effort but when time expired so did any hope of somehow salvaging the season. To date UK has played the toughest schedule in all of college football but luckily things are about to get much easier for our football team. For the final stretch of the season, 3 of UK’s opponents currently have a losing record and 1 of them is from the FCS. Here’s a quick look at the final four teams we will play.

@ Missouri

Current Record: 3-4 (0-4 SEC)

Missouri is still searching for their first SEC win and to date the Tigers have not been impressive. Their conference games have not been very competitive and they eked out a couple of their non-conference wins over some pretty bad teams. Saturday’s game will be a battle to determine the worst team in the East. With Florida, Tennessee, and Texas A&M still on the schedule this could be the only real chance Missouri has of picking up a conference win. For the Cats Missouri offers the same chance. Pick up a conference road win and avoid being labeled the worst team in the east. After last night’s performance, even on the road, I like UK’s chances.

Vanderbilt

Current Record: 3-4 (2-3 SEC)

While Vandy’s SEC record doesn’t look too bad right now keep in mind those two wins are over Missouri and Auburn. Two of the worst teams in the league. Kentucky will be looking for revenge after being embarrassed 38-8 in Nashville. Also in the Cats favor is the game being played at home. Throwing out Kent. St, the Cats have averaged 22 points per game at home. Compare that to just 7 points per game on the road. Unquestionably the Cats have played much better this year at home. If Patrick Towles is back in the mix at this point the chance of victory is even higher.

Samford

Current Record: 5-3

The Cats have a bye week before their final home game of the year. Hopefully by this game fans will have an idea of where the program is heading and can look at senior day accordingly. Samford is our FCS opponent for the year and shouldn’t be able to hang with Kentucky. However, the game is the Bulldogs final game of the year and I’m sure that Samford has to look at this as their bowl game. Regardless it will be nice to see the Cats favored at home for the first time in a couple of months.

@ Tennessee

Current Record: 3-4 (0-4 SEC)

The Vols have lost 4 of their last five and have to travel to Columbia to face a South Carolina team looking to make a statement. This years game could mirror last year’s upset of UT in many ways. The Cats win up until this point and they are 4-7, just like last year. The Vols drop 2 of their next 4 and they are 5-6 with a win over UK needed to make a bowl game. Maybe once again the Cats can play spoiler on our rival’s season. Although I wouldn’t bet too much on that happening.

 

While the season has been a disappointment it isn’t outside the realm of possibility to see the Cats string together some wins and finish 5-7 or 4-8. Which would be about the same as last season albeit with a much harder schedule. Time will tell how the season winds up. One thing is for sure the next four games shouldn’t be as miserable as these last four.

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17 Comments for Sunday Look-Ahead: The Final Four Opponents



  1. listentome
    7:25 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    Fascinating that of the remaining teams to play, only Sanford has a winning record.



  2. Cayts
    7:28 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    Bottom line Matt: we need a new coach!



  3. BLUE BLYQ
    7:44 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    5-7….???!!! HAHHHAHAHHAHHHAHHAAHHAAAAAAHHAHHA!!!



  4. JayCee
    7:46 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    Vandy has 2 wins over the 2 worst teams in the league…

    so, what are we?



  5. Booger
    7:54 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    We are building a true, solid football program!!!!!! Give Joker time haters. It showed last night—a lot of teams would have quit already. The kids seem to have love for all involved. GO BLUE



  6. There is Hope
    7:58 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    5-7….The Patrick Towles Era is back in action this week vs. Missouri!



  7. Please
    7:59 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    Joker sympathizers need to get it through their head that he can’t win the big games on a consistent basis and showed that as OC. They need to hire kirby smart as HC to develop that young defense and a guy like tony Franklin to bring the spread offense to uk. A stout defense and an explosive defense, would equal consistent 8-9 win seasons for uk.



  8. Please
    8:03 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    *explosive offenses



  9. DevaluingMyUKDegree
    8:11 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    Some of these KSR blog posts read like they’re written by UofL grads, what a shame. You know that potential employers can Google this, right?



  10. Joker
    8:32 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    Yall know and I know I will be back next year. I just need to keep piling up these moral victories



  11. AUbleedblue
    8:44 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    As a proud UK alumnus and avid football fan I wish everyone would stop thinking that top notch coordinators would come to UK. Most of the coaches i’ve seen mentioned wouldn’t dream of coming to UK. If there is a change made I say go after Malzahn at Arkansas State, b/c you know he wants to come back to the SEC and show what he can do as the head guy and prove that he can win on his own terms.



  12. Roll Tide
    8:58 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    Joker will be back next year. Mitch will not spend the money to buy him out or pay for a real coach!



  13. El Guapo
    9:22 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    If Joker comes back to Commonwealth Stadium, he’ll be about the only one who goes there next year.

    The Cats will play in front of literally HUNDREDS of their most devoted fans!



  14. My Blue Heaven
    10:00 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    If we can win 1 of the remaining 4 games, we could still qualify for the “TOILET BOWL” !!!!!



  15. Him
    10:42 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    We have already secured our spot in the toilet bowl. We can go ahead and start wiping.



  16. Unknown Fan
    7:30 am October 22, 2012 Permalink

    ONLY at UK would glowing articles and false hope be force fed down the throats of fans with a ONE win football season. Good grief you guys high on this years harvest 24/7??????



  17. Greg
    4:06 pm October 22, 2012 Permalink

    Well I never thought that I would say it but I’m rooting for the Mighty Bulldogs on Senior Day. As an alum of both schools the thought of Samford competing with the Cats would be considered fodder for psychotropics. However what a fitting end? And what a better way to tattoo the image of rock bottom in our psyche for a Long Time. Mitch…next time…VET! Don’t give out candy that’s not Yours! Go Blue! Go Dogs!