With ten days to go until the opening kickoff in the New Commonwealth Stadium, here’s the ten things I want to see this Fall. I think they can accomplish all of them.
1. A Road Win
The Cats haven’t won on the road since opening the 2010 season with a win over Louisville. That’s a LONG time. A win at Vandy is inevitable, but the Cats have a puncher’s chance at Miss. State and South Carolina depending on a variety of circumstances (injuries, game time etc.)
2. At Least Three Commonwealth Stadium Sellouts
You’d have to go back to 2010 once again to find the last time Commonwealth was sold out (that came against Georgia). Florida, Auburn and Louisville should fill every seat, but if the Cats are winning games, Mizzou and Tennessee also have some potential.
3. A Return Touchdown
Once a program filled with return phonemes like Randall Cobb and Derek Abney, the Cats haven’t taken one to the house since 2011. I don’t think that will be a problem this year with two of the fastest guys on the team returning kicks, Jeff Badet and Sihiem “Sci-Fi” King. The punt return duties will be up to either T.V. Williams, Ryan Timmons and Juice, all with big-play abilities.
4. 35 Points a Game
I originally thought that might seem like a lofty expectation, until I realized they were close last year with 29.2 a game. The offense is exponentially better and the playmakers are a year older, making it easy to foresee huge numbers this Fall.
5. A Healthy Quarterback
It’s happened too many times in years past. This team is Patrick Towles’ and his offensive line must play their part by keeping him on his feet.
6. More Plays Like THIS
7. End that Awful Streak
Many of the people reading this have never seen Florida fall to Kentucky. It’s been 28 long years. If anything is going to get the fan base energized, it’s ending this atrocious losing streak.
8. Win Multiple Close Games
If they knew how to finish games last year, they would have easily made a bowl game, winning either at Florida or at Louisville. The immaturity definitely played a part. Having the confidence to make big plays in big situations is the difference between an “OK” team and a “Good” bowl bound team. They may only get one, but it’d be great to see another one for a big time upset.
9. Beat Louisville
Neither team has won five consecutive Governor’s Cups. Louisville has won four in a row. It’s time to shut their fans and prove that Petrino is not the Cats’ Kryptonite.
10. A Bowl Game
There are many different ways to show improvement, but the only thing that will convince many fans is postseason play. They can’t afford to lose momentum, the additional practice time, or the highly coveted 2016 recruiting class. Besides, I need a good excuse to make a road trip for New Year’s.