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What is UK football’s most important game this year?

Let ESPN’s Chris Low tell you. Also, not to be a total girl about this, but you should really clean up that office, Chris. Clutter is bad for your chi.

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26 Comments for What is UK football’s most important game this year?



  1. the Big Dog
    10:19 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Western- if we lose that one, we are done.



  2. Tuck Fennessee
    10:22 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    The Tennessee game will make or break the season.



  3. Kev
    10:22 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Western….they have to start off with a win.



  4. Homestead Fred
    10:26 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    WKU is important NOT to lose!

    But, while beating Louisville this year is not that important, winning that game would make the season worth playing even if we lost the all the SEC games.



  5. Musehobo
    10:38 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    I think somehow he has confused “most important” with what would be the “biggest, winnable game”. If we were going to predict an upset of a team that is better than us, it might be the UL game. However, a loss is likely, and to call it the most important game seems silly.

    The most important game is the one that you need to win, but there’s a chance you may not. Western is the most important game. I hate even swaying those words. But with Petrino there, it’s the truth.



  6. dshwildcats
    10:40 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Agreed, it’s the Hilltoppers! If you lose that game, all of the off season momentum comes to a screeching halt. That was a very cocky WKU team that came into Commonwealth last year. And even though their cocky head coach left for South Florida, they replaced him with a guy that is probably cockier! Spanking Petrino and WKU is a must!

    While beating the Cards would be nice, it’s probably not going to happen this year with Bridgewater at the helm. A lot of the national media have the Cards as a preseason Top 10 team, although that ranking seems to be based more on what they did in the Sugar Bowl, and not what they did in the regular season. If Kentucky were to upset them, that would just show that Stoops and staff are way ahead of schedule in the rebuilding project.



  7. WalterL
    10:43 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Chris Low is probably right about the UL game, but honestly, we all know that the next game is always the most important one.
    The game being the third one and at home is possibly the best thing about that game, IMO. The Cards won’t be spending the entire off season focusing on UK. Even though they always have some sort of obsession related to UK, 24/7 x 365!



  8. leftygilmore
    10:48 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Its always the first one.



  9. PleaseWin
    10:51 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    The WKU game is the most important because: (i) it is the next game (as #7 points out); (ii) it is a game UK should win but easily could lose; (iii) it would be embarrassing to lose to a lesser program outside the SEC (remember last year?); (iv) a loss to WKU may hurt recruiting, especially in-state; and (v) a win, especially a decisive win, would give a young team and a young coaching staff more confidence for the tough road ahead. The UL game is a great chance at an upset against a higher-rated team but it won’t be humiliating to lose, unless it is a blowout.



  10. Cal
    10:54 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    The next one.



  11. Bunzz
    10:54 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    This site really needs to find a knowledgeable FOOTBALL insider, to write on a daily basis. I really miss Rob Gidel…



  12. Rob Gidel
    11:07 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops needs to name Towels as starter now



  13. kramer
    11:42 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    WKU game probably the most important to get the year off right with a win. Alabama, Georgia, Florida, SC, UT wins against any would be very good! A win against UL would be AWESOME, however, they are already touting their undefeated year, possibly going to Nat. Championship game. It would be the best to beat them!!!



  14. Tell a phone
    11:53 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    #12, Every story with the words UK football on KSR has your comment or one similar. There never is a comment about Whitlow, Smith, Phillips, or Barker. I’m sure there are others besides me who appreciates their fan base just reading KSR stories. Why don’t you phone Coach Stoops.



  15. Confused
    12:08 pm June 11, 2013 Permalink

    #11 that’s funny right there! Can’t be a Gator and a Cat at the same time!



  16. lorenzenfan
    12:15 pm June 11, 2013 Permalink

    I am not holding my breath on the WKU game. If everyone makes this the “most important game” it could end up being a very long season. I think WKU will win this game, they simply are in better shape right now. Beating UL would be HUGE and would go a lot farther in helping the team spirit than beating WKU in the first game. But I think we all have big blue glasses on if we think WKU is an easy win…Last year, WKU honestly whipped us most of the game…AT HOME….so let’s be real. UK needs to have the first home win and go into the UL game with at least a 1-1 record. If they pull off the upset of UL, then we can all hold our heads up high…that is until we play a brutal SEC schedule. Anything more than 3 wins this year is a HUGE victory for this team.



  17. leftygilmore
    12:32 pm June 11, 2013 Permalink

    UK will go 5-7 or 6-6.

    Wins: WKU, M-OH, Alk St, MSST, Vandy
    Maybes: LOU or TENN
    Losses: FLA, SCAR, ALA, MIZZ, UGA



  18. oh my god...
    12:41 pm June 11, 2013 Permalink

    #17 is why UK football fans get made fun of.

    You predict Mississippi State as a win, who is prognosticated by Vegas and various publications as being better than UT and Mizzou but yet you rank those two as a toss and a loss? wtf?



  19. growing pains
    1:10 pm June 11, 2013 Permalink

    We’re going to have a losing season. No doubt. maybe four wins. We should beat WKU, and the other two small schools we face. I expect to maybe beat UT at the end of the season. I think both schools will have trouble in the SEC and since were at home, I think that carries us to a W to go out on a positive note. However there will be teams this year that we lose to that in two to three years we will be favored to beat. Teams like Mizzou, UL I expect to lose to under any new head coach. We beat them within two seasons. And Vandy we will beat within three seasons. At that point, we’re a 7 win team for sure.



  20. dshwildcats
    1:19 pm June 11, 2013 Permalink

    lorenzenfan,

    I’m not sure that I agree with your assessment that Western “whipped us” most of the game last year, brother. Maybe it appeared that way because of the way they shut down our rushing attack. Even with that, Kentucky still had 7 more First Downs, and 50 more total yards than the Hilltoppers in that game. What ended up costing us the game were the 4 INTs thrown by Smith. If not for those picks, Western is probably not even in the position to win the game on a trick play, on a 2 pt. conversion.

    WKU will be a challenge simply because Petrino will be calling the plays, not because they are that much, if any, better than us. That same Western team that beat us by 1 finished 5th in the Sun Belt! So, let’s not make them out to be some kind of “juggernaut” that we’ll be lucky to beat, because they simply are not.



  21. dshwildcats
    1:46 pm June 11, 2013 Permalink

    growing pains,

    Good post, brother! I would agree with your 4 win prediction. Despite what a lot of UK Football fans fear, I don’t think we will lose to Western, even though it might be close. We should beat Miami and Alabama State. If not, we’re in worst shape than we thought!

    I see us getting one win in the SEC (probably Mizzou at home); and, possibly two if someone is having an off day. We are not going to beat ‘Bama, Florida, South Carolina or UGA. That’s just too much to ask of a first year staff putting in new offensive and defensive schemes. What I want to see is for this team be competitive in the majority of the games. I don’t want to see a repeat of the Arkansas and Vandy debacles. There is no excuse for those kind of performances.



  22. BigBlueGlasses
    1:48 pm June 11, 2013 Permalink

    We won’t know until a few games into the season but I want to believe that our players are not as bad as they looked last year and that a HUGE part of our terrible performance was due to an inept coach and a mediocre staff. I want to believe Stoops and his new group will make a huge difference in the level of preparedness, performance, and in-game adjustments (coaching). WKU will be a good test. I don’t expect a winning season but I don’t rule it out, either. What I do expect is massive improvement in preparation and performance leading to more competitive efforts.



  23. lorenzenfan
    2:42 pm June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Dshwildcats:

    WKU led the entire game until 24 seconds before then end of regulation. There are two stats that I think summarize the WKU game last year: Red-Zone Scores-Chances and Time of Possession. WKU was 5 out of 5 in the Red Zone. UK was 2 out of 3. WKU had a time of possession of 36:07 compared to UK’s 23:53. What does all this mean? Basically, WKU played more SEC style football by controlling tempo and ground game, which put them in the red zone 5 times, and they scored EVERY time. The one thing that UK had over WKU was depth…which did become evident at the very end of the game…But anyone who actually went to the game knows that WKU could have easily won that game by several touchdowns.

    This year…WKU has lost very little from the previous year, has one of the best Defensive players in the nation and has the known-quantity in Coach Petrino. I certainly would not count this game as a definite win by UK, who honestly has no real offensive threat. If UK gets a win in nashville against WKU, then UK should have a nice smile on its face. However, if UK loses, which I think is the gambler’s bet, people should not fret. We all knew that this would b a rough year for UK….I think anything outside of 2 wins this year is gravy….and if Stoops manages 4 wins….well, he is going to be a damn good coach.



  24. Agree with 23
    4:35 pm June 11, 2013 Permalink

    20 & 23 – I gotta agree with lorenzenfan. The main reason that game was as close as it was came down to Taggart playing it safe. He came out of the gates looking for blood with gutsy play calls that had the jokester confused big time! The defense shut down the run and made our SEC QB look like a pop warner back up. If Taggart wouldn’t have started playing it safe every possesion things could have and should have stayed out of reach for us. I just hope we don’t dig ourselves such an early hole this year because don’t look for Petrino to let off the gas at all. He will step on the throat with all he’s got.



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