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2013 Football’s Best Case Scenario

The Cats bring enough firepower that we may see a few CWS sell-outs this Fall.

The Cats bring enough firepower that we may see a few CWS sell-outs this Fall.

 

After having to depress you with the bad side of the ‘What If’ conversation, here is What Mark Stoops’ first season will look like if everything goes as planned, with a few nice surprises along the way.

 

– The Cats embarrass WKU at LP Field.  Proving last season was a fluke, the Cats show their SEC superiority by beating WKU with ease. Jalen Whitlow shines brighter than most fans could imagine, racking up multiple TDs through the air and on the ground. Avery Williamson and the DLine force Petrino to abandon the run game with Antonio Andrews, relying on an inexperienced QB to man Petrino’s sophisticated offense. The DLine racks up sacks, shutting up any Petrino Lovers while starting the year off on a positive note.

– ‘Down Goes the Dirty Bird’. After having two weeks to perfect the offense, the Air Raid owns Louisville’s defense despite Charlie Strong’s background on that side of the ball. The Cats never stop Bridgewater, but slow him down by sacking him 5+ times. Late game heroics occur when an unlikely young secondary member gets an interception that sets UK up for the game-winning score. Just like the last time Louisville entered Commonwealth Stadium as a Top Ten team, the Cards leave with a loss and their National Championship dreams shattered forever.

– The Cats not only escape Murderer’s Row, but compete throughout. On a new high after a victory over Louisville, the Cats remain competitive throughout the tough stretch. With sell-out home stadiums, they are able to keep it close for the first half, but depth and a great running attack are too much for the Cats to prevail.

– Starting the 2nd half of the schedule off with a bang, the Cats pull off an upset in Starkville. Even if the Cats don’t pull off the unlikely upset against Louisville, I don’t think there’s a better game on the schedule for the Cat’s to steal a victory than MSU. UK has always let Mississippi schools get the best of them- even when they shouldn’t- but Stoops is going to change that. After going to work for nearly 2 months without much of a chance for winning, they will be hungrier than ever for a W. After facing adversity these Cats will have matured enough to make MSU look like just another team. Winning this game will set the tone for the remainder of the year, providing optimism for (dare shall I say it?) a possible bowl appearance.

– Needing two wins to become bowl eligible out of the last 4, UK takes down Mizzou at home and splits the games against the Tennessee schools, earning a bowl birth.  While my season predictions get fuzzy here (because a lot hinges on that MSU win and the team’s health), they are the most important games of the season. Primarily because they’re the most winnable, but what these games will show the most is how much this team has grown. Will they give up, or continue to Attack Every Day? If they can maintain health and keep the positive attitude, there’s no reason these Cats can’t win more than they lose down the stretch.

 

If you think reaching a bowl game is completely impossible, don’t. The Cats need to remain healthy for anything crazy like this to happen. Despite not having much depth, there are still a lot of good tools in the shed for Coach Stoops. The talent is developing each day; with the right coaching and continued positive attitude the Wildcats can surpass even their wildest expectations this season.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

30 Comments for 2013 Football’s Best Case Scenario



  1. Nick Roush
    7:31 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    If this better guys????



  2. Bryan in Houston
    7:36 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    I would take this.



  3. Mark
    7:43 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Sure, then after we beat Louisville, we challenge the Cincinnati Bengals to a scrimmage and beat them! Then we get in a time machine and challenge all four Steel Curtain Super Bowl winners and beat them! This is totally doable. Let’s go Cats.



  4. kevin
    7:45 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Sounds great Nick. #BBN



  5. Genoscats
    7:48 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Much better read!🐾



  6. Joe
    7:51 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Now Whoa Up there Mark:
    1) It’s a BEST CASE…in the WORST CASE we lose the game by 50;
    2) Nick doesn’t have u s winning in a blow-out, we merely prevail.

    It’s possible..IIIRC we are the toughest team UoL faces in their first half of schedule. You seem to believe that 2-10 last year meant we were an inherently bad team….Instead I would argue we were a mediocre team, indifferently coached.

    I think we’re a little better on both fronts, now, both team and coaching. So it is not IMPOSSIBLE, or even extremely IMPROBABLE that we beat UoL. Because UoL isn’t S. Carolina, isn’t Alabama, isn’t Fl. (though they did beat Fl last year, so I understand if you disagree with that). THOSE teams it would take an Act of God for us to beat, UoL, far less…just some luck and hard play.

    Bottom-Line: Teddy Bridgewater does not a team make….so yeah I could see us winning and UoL losing that game….I could see it, but I wouldn’t bet much money on it happening.



  7. Fessler Skaggs
    7:53 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Dream on inbreds. If Poops goes 2-10 give him a lifetime contract



  8. Ryan
    7:55 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Elam commits to the Cats on National Television



  9. Future Mrs. Matt Jones
    7:56 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    s/birth/berth



  10. Future Mrs. Matt Jones
    7:57 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    birth->berth



  11. Future Mrs. Matt Jones
    7:57 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    birth – berth



  12. HAHA
    8:19 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. This post would make a good fairy tale.



  13. blueaville
    8:22 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    What game is that picture from? I don’t remember the dirty birds bringing that many fans but the scoreboard says Louisville on it. Is it photoshopped?

    Man I want to beat them so bad this year and I think we are going to do it.



  14. Open week
    8:30 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Nick & Joe,

    I agree that there are six possible wins on the schedule but it will be tough.
    Stoops, Brown & Co. will get the most out of this group of players and they will be better than last year’s record shows.



  15. PlanetNokia
    8:46 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Get rid of your icrapples iphones. Those phones are so old and crusty. Who wants a bunch of icons or my bad one extra row of icons if you got the i5 LOL. Way to get ripped off! Get the Nokia Lumia and be able to read ksr with EASE !!!



  16. Walt
    8:53 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    There’s a difference between “Best Case” and “Pure fantasy.”



  17. Chris
    9:02 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    @blueaville You have retarded thoughts.



  18. 1999
    9:05 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Nokia makes a nice phone.



  19. Rod Farva
    9:28 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll believe ya when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet.



  20. Matt
    9:37 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, Louisville is going to destroy Kensucky by 30 plus points!



  21. PlanetFeaturePhone
    10:03 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    doesn’t matter what smartphone you bought, you’re paying $300 – $360/year just for your data plan to use it . you are all getting ripped off. phone nerds would rather argue about pretty icons than recognize facts of financial life.



  22. Brink
    10:08 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    20. Mark uofsmell has only beaten 2 teams by more than 30 the past five years. And ill give you a hint, none of them.were UK. Also your mighty queer birds with teeth didn’t come close to besting anybody by 30 last year.



  23. Brett Farve
    10:12 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    I’m thinking about launching a comeback. What do you think?



  24. The Big Toe
    10:42 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Why does it seem like there are more jackass dirty bird trolls on a lot of these posts than UK fans. Desperation is a stinky cologne, and it smells like Black and Mild’s, Crown Royal, and prison sex.



  25. Our State
    11:21 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    13, that’s from the 2005 game I think. The one where Card fans dominated UK fans and made up about 40% of the crowd. I look for a similar amount this year, maybe about 50% red…it’s our state now, and we’re going to show you how it’s our nation too when we hold the BCS and Basketball titles at the same time.



  26. JerryTownBlotter
    11:34 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    I love that Super Troopers has been quoted twice in this message board.



  27. LouisvilleFan
    11:47 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Hahaha if only you all got to play a high school schedule like us!



  28. Louisville1Cal4
    12:43 am August 26, 2013 Permalink

    @25
    I can promise you over 80% of the crowd will be wearing Blue, Cards fans don’t travel that well when it comes to football. Not only is it not your state, it’s no where close to your nation either lmao
    You can claim that when UofL surpasses UK in overall titles for our states sport, which is basketball (will never happen, the sun will supernova & destroy the Earth before that occurs).



  29. UKNokia
    9:00 am August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky is your state??? You can’t even fully claim the city for which you were named, with it being 60% UK. Also, if that picture had been taken with the new Nokia Lumia 1020, you would be able to see the individual blades of grass on that field. iPhones suck almost as bad as BTI… Almost.



  30. Hooked On Phonics
    11:15 am August 26, 2013 Permalink

    The quality of the writing on this site couldn’t be summed up any more accurately or succinctly than by the use of “birth” instead of “berth” in the original post. Bravo. Your Pulitzer is in the mail.