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What’s Next for This Kentucky Football Team?

Well, this past week has really stunk. Just eight days ago, Kentucky football was preparing to take on Georgia for a chance to play for the SEC Championship and we were three days away from one of the most hyped seasons of Kentucky Basketball tipping off against Duke.

Now, where are we? Football lost to Georgia in a game where no one was necessarily upset with how they played, Georgia was just the better team, and was embarrassed yesterday by Tennessee. Basketball got run off the floor by Duke and barely survived against Southern Illinois Friday night.

We must now move on. Sure, Kentucky winning 10 games in the regular season in football would have been amazing. At this point though, the Cats have to stop worrying about what the final win total could be and instead worry about the next team on the schedule.

Middle Tennessee State comes into town on Saturday. On paper, Kentucky is hands down better than the Blue Raiders. My big worry is that we will see what always seemingly happens with Mark Stoops teams and they will play down to their opponent. My worry is that if they do that, they could be possibly on their way to a third straight loss.

The Blue Raiders will enter Saturday’s game with a 7-3 record. They were blown out on the road against Vanderbilt and Georgia and lost a close game to Florida International. If you look squarely at that, you have to feel confident about your chances if you’re Kentucky.

Since that loss to FIU, Middle has won 4 straight games rather easily. The key in most of those games? Senior quarterback Brent Stockstill. He has passed for just under 2,300 yards and 21 touchdowns on the year. The son of the head coach, Stockstill is a polished passer who has been a four-year starter. With a guy who has seen that much football, he is not one you want to let stay in the game because he can beat you with his arm.

This is a game Kentucky should win and should win easily, but we could easily have said the same about the game against Tennessee. Benny Snell and the defense have carried this team all year long and I think it is starting to just wear them down.

This is where Eddie Gran is going to have to get creative. We seemingly always have said all year long that the offense needs to run through the hands of #26. Gran seemed to take that literally in the first half of yesterday’s game especially. It seemed that if Snell wasn’t touching the ball; it was Terry Wilson finding a way to get it in the hands of Lynn Bowden. Don’t get me wrong, getting the ball in the hands of your playmakers is a great plan for success, for a team to be successful, they must have a multi-dimensional offense, especially in the SEC. It is no secret that this isn’t happening right now. It must be more than Snell/Bowden.

How do they fix it against Middle? Well, MTSU is giving up 242 yards/game on the ground, but Tennessee was giving up a similar number. It is no secret that Snell is going to get the ball, but I really want to see more play action calls. A fake run by #26 should open up the field for a player like CJ Conrad to make catches in space. Get other people the ball if you want to be successful.

Overall, this team still should go 9-3 and that is incredible. There is no way I would have believed that would have actually happened at the beginning of the season, but here we are. The worst part about all of this, no matter how the Cats finish, part of me will still feel disappointed even with a 9-win regular season. How crazy is that?

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Article written by Sam Gormley

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23 Comments for What’s Next for This Kentucky Football Team?



  1. Catlogic15
    11:12 am November 11, 2018 Permalink

    Haha everyone knows how to open the offense except Stoops and Gran apparently.
    And 9-3? Perhaps but realize we’re a lucky flag away from being 6-4 right now.



  2. Kernel Sanders
    11:13 am November 11, 2018 Permalink

    When you wrote “This is where Eddie Gran is going to have to get creative”, I laughed a bitter laugh and quit reading. Tell me you were joking.



    • Cat68
      11:17 am November 11, 2018 Permalink

      Since we’re so punt-happy, maybe Gran dials up a creative 3rd down punt next week.



  3. rainman
    11:19 am November 11, 2018 Permalink

    Personally, I think one of our biggest problems, is looking at ANY game, with CONFIDENCE! This team should view every game, as a POTENTIAL loss! OVER CONFIDENCE, has ALWAYS been our biggest problem! JMO!



    • KYCat4EVER
      11:43 am November 11, 2018 Permalink

      What’s next for this Kentucky Football Team??? LOL! The exact same thing as the Kentucky Basketball team…
      a) convince the entire fan base it’s their fault too because they got too arrogant.
      B) the Head Coach’s Accepts the blame but changes nothing in their own rigid coaching styles.
      C) Play a bunch of “cupcake teams” next and hide the fact you have not changed a thing in the coaching styles that got our cats humiliated, while beating these cupcakes and declaring “we are turning the corner “.
      I feel sorry for all of us in BBN right now!



  4. Le Docteur
    11:23 am November 11, 2018 Permalink

    If MTSU has a film projector, they’ll be able to do what everyone has done since the 2nd half of the South Carolina game to our offense.



  5. CoachCat
    11:25 am November 11, 2018 Permalink

    There’s plenty of blame to pass around here. Plenty of reasons we didn’t win last night. At the end of the day the buck stops with Stoops. Same story. Different season. Start out hot. Get to the middle of the season and things fall apart. Coaching means progression. Coaching means getting better as the season goes on. We don’t seem to change the game plan. We don’t adjust during games.



    • N-UR-i
      11:32 am November 11, 2018 Permalink

      This. 3 years in a row where everyone else gets better and we start losing to them.



  6. Wade
    11:27 am November 11, 2018 Permalink

    I heard it’s cold outside. Time for a chili bowl!!! Yesss big win for me!



  7. bigbluebanana
    11:28 am November 11, 2018 Permalink

    Petrino fired!



  8. BigolBlue
    11:28 am November 11, 2018 Permalink

    Whats next:
    -Dissapointing Bowl
    – Maybe a loss to Louisville
    – extension for Gran
    – Lost commitments
    – More 2/3 star commits
    This coulr have been a historic year and really coulda gotten uk in the right direction to make the next step. Instead its another Music City bowl (loss to a mediocre team). Gotta feel bad for Josh Allen and most of the defense for basically getting no help this season from the other side



    • CombatMedic_98
      11:43 am November 11, 2018 Permalink

      Don’t forget we got Touchdown Terry(singular meaning:ONE PER GAME ONLY)



    • bwhitehouse2
      11:44 am November 11, 2018 Permalink

      We’ve done fine with recruiting by Monday our standards but our issue is the even though we have Top 30 classes were still ranked 10-12 in the SEC with that class. And marrow is taking back most of the state with landing guys like Wandale and what looks like JJ Weaver. But, in all reality we can’t be pissed about a possible 9-3 season we all would have said “hell yeah, I’ll take that at” at the beginning of the year. Stoops has to be telling Gran what to run you don’t coach for 30 years and in the last 5 forget how to call a game. His offense averaged 540 yards a game with 360 being passing yards a cinci. I get different level defense but 180 on the philosophy.



    • T-wah
      1:42 pm November 11, 2018 Permalink

      I’m with you on this line of thinking. I suggested this on a different thread, last night, but was quickly shot down with “because this is the SEC.” I agree that defenses are much stronger in the SEC, but the glaring difference in the offense is the philosophy. It in no way resembles what Gran and Henshaw have run in the past. That’s why I think Stoops may be a big part of the problem here.



  9. J. Did
    12:39 pm November 11, 2018 Permalink

    What’s next? A Bowl. It’s up to the CATS now as to which one – in terms of what’s left.

    And MTSU is a must win – as is uavel…..which, at this juncture, what with the firing of Petrino, may be tougher than expected.



  10. dhard
    1:32 pm November 11, 2018 Permalink

    How about running plays the defense doesn’t know what is coming?



  11. Miller45
    1:41 pm November 11, 2018 Permalink

    What kills me is how far the program has come since getting it handed to them by WKU, and they have had to scratch, bite, and claw for dear life against the grain for any progress. It has taken years to build up to what the program is now but in this league if you begin to slip, it is so easy and takes no time to get buried in the same hole again.



    • J. Did
      1:58 pm November 11, 2018 Permalink

      Understood. Opportunity Squandered U. These young men work their ash off to get here – then, the opportunity is lost. Makes no sense. KENTUCKY has many offensive weapons. The Defense – at mid-season – was the best in the country. Yet, in the most challenging of times, and this has been that, the best teams step up. And, KENTUCKY didn’t.



    • Miller45
      8:37 pm November 11, 2018 Permalink

      Right. There is some serious young, raw talent on the roster that could be a damn good offensive unit *with the right scheme and mind behind it.
      Rose, smoke, josh Ali, Bowden, Epps, Zaire Hughes, smoke, robinson, Drake and Landon both back. There are plenty of coaches who could have major success with that group



    • big cat
      3:36 pm November 11, 2018 Permalink

      I totally agree. I have come to the realization that to go further, we might need THE NEXT LEVEL coach. It’s fine to be great recruiters but we beed a 5 star coach.



  12. mashburnfan1
    5:50 pm November 11, 2018 Permalink

    Next thing we should see is EDDIE GRAN FIRED.



    • Miller45
      8:39 pm November 11, 2018 Permalink

      It’s going to happen hes been around the block coaching enough to see the writing on the wall