The key for Kentucky winning tomorrow night’s game is simple – don’t let Bobby Rainey beat you. Last year in this game, Rainey rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns on the Wildcats defense. Luckily, Kentucky’s offense scored 63 points to counteract everything Rainey was doing. This year, however, Kentucky”s offense is brand new and they’re not scoring anywhere near 63 points. Six of UK’s touchdowns last year were scored by player’s who are long gone. Western returns its leading passer, rusher, and receiver from that game.
But, like I said, the only one who matters is Bobby Rainey. Rainey is an explosive back that’s going to give UK’s defense everything they can handle. Kentucky has the speed to contain Rainey and keep him from breaking loose, but if they’re slow getting used to Minter’s new schemes, Rainey will make them pay.
Last season, Rainey ranked third in the nation in rush yards per game and 11th in all-purpose yards per game, while earning Sun Belt Player of the Year and honorable mention for SI.com All-American. He rushed for over 100 yards in all but three of the WKU’s games. This season he’s on the watch lists for the Maxwell, Doak Walker, and Paul Hornung Awards. He’s on pace to be Western’s all-time leading rusher.
Enough with the stats, my point is Bobby Rainey is the real deal. He is also Western’s only hope. Kentucky will cruise to victory if Danny Trevathan and Co. can slow him down. Keeping Rainey and Western out of the endzone will also give UK’s offense room to figure things out and find its playmakers. For the first time in a long time, Kentucky’s defense is going to be the key to success in this one and throughout the season.
Must. Stop. Rainey.