The Cats needed to beat Western. If there was any hope of finishing with a solid record in year one they had to knock off the Tops. Now the Cats will have no room for error against the toughest schedule in the country. Here’s how the next five games are looking as of now:
Game 1 Results: 52 -14 Loss To Marshall
After having the confidence knocked from them like a swift blow to the stomach a game against Miami should be just what the doctor ordered. Miami should provide the Cats with a chance to notch an early season win and they’ll need to pick it up because after that things are going to be very tough. Is this game a must win now for the first year of Stoops or have you written off the year as the previous staff’s doing?
Game 1 kicks off today at 3:30.
At one point there was an idea that the Cats could knock off the overrated Louisville Cardinals. Then they went and made Brandon Doughty look like Tom Brady. When Heisman hopeful Teddy Bridgewater rolls into Lexington the results could be scary. Teddy has always had big games against the Cats and if the secondary leaves every receiver with 8 yards of open field again then he is going to have a field day.
Game 1 Results: 24-6 Toledo Beatdown
College football talking head Kirk Herbstreit mad waves for saying Toledo would knock off the Gators in the swamp. Yeah, that didn’t happen. The Gators looked to pick up where last season left off by playing hard-nose grind it out football. The Gators do have some glaring weaknesses but last season they found a way to succeed in spite of them. They look to be the same this season and yet another difficult game for the Cats to win.
Game 1 Results: 27-10 Over UNC
The young Cat will face their first true road game and aren’t they so lucky it gets to be against top-10 South Carolina. The Gamecocks looked sharp as they dismantled North Carolina in a border battle between the two schools. Spurrier has a history of running the score up on ol Kentucky and I wouldn’t expect a change of heart on account of Mark Stoops. Hard to imagine UK leaving Columbia with a W.
Game 1 Results: 35-10 Over Virginia Tech
The two time defending national champions come to town in five weeks which means there is still time to strike a plea deal with the Bama AD and get this thing cancelled. You never back down from an opponent but if this team doesn’t make some major adjustments over the next month then this game could get real ugly real quick. Kentucky should make it their goal to not get completely rolled by the tide.
With the most brutal four game stretch in the country it’s hard to imagine the Cats sneaking out a win in any of the games. After six games I’d expect to see the Cats sit a 1-5. A tough pill to swallow for a coaching staff that thrives on building a competitor. How has your outlook now changed following the loss to Western?