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Best-case, Worst-case for UT-Martin

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The long, long wait from November 30th, 2013 is almost over and we will see the football team back in action once again today. All signs point to a better product on the field in year two under Coach Stoops with the Cats looking to start the year on a high note against UT-Martin.

The Cats could kick-off the season with a major beat-em-down that fills the fanbase with confidence for the rest of the year. Or they could come out flat and show that they still have a long way to go before they are rebuilt into a contender. Against UT-Martin the out come is likely the former but let’s break down the best-case and worst-case scenarios for this season’s debut.

Best-case Scenario

Last year the Skyhawks were bombarded by FBS competition Boise State and Memphis by a combined score of 84-20. Kentucky delivers a similar beating for 2014 as they roll to a 49-7 victory. Patrick Towles looks fantastic by throwing for 3 touchdowns to Ryan Timmons, Steven Borden, and Javess Blue. Mark Stoops gets his back-up QB, Reese Phillips, some reps and he adds a TD of his own late in the game.

The running back corps racks up major yardage with Braylon Heard tallying his first 100 yard game for the Blue and White. Boom Williams showcases his explosiveness by running back a punt while, Jojo, Josh Clemons and Mikel Horton all rack up some yards on good carries.

Za’Darius Smith is once again the nation’s sack leader heading into week two. His old friend, QB Dylan Favre, is never able to get into rhythm as he throws a pick 6 and the team struggles most of the game to get past the 50.

Calling the Cats improved is an understatement.

Worst-case Scenario

The Cats look out of sync as they piddle their way to a 21-14 victory. The receivers continue to have issues reeling the ball in along with Towles missing  some wide-open guys.

The running backs look good but have issues with ball control as they give up 2 fumbles in the red zone  a la Alabama last season. Kentucky gets bit by the injury bug in the first game of the season with a few key players going down so they won’t be able to play against Vandy or Florida in a handful of weeks.

The Cats don’t show the improvements Mark Stoops was expecting.

The Likely Outcome

Against Alabama State last season the Cats rolled to a 48-14 victory. Alabama State appears to be better competition than UT-Martin and the Cats are much improved from last season. It’s a safe bet that Kentucky cruises to an easy win with young playmakers getting some early clips for the highlight reel. The back-ups should get plenty of clock late in the game and the Cats start the season 1-0 for the first time since 2011.

How do you think the Cats are going to look today?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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26 Comments for Best-case, Worst-case for UT-Martin



  1. Ultimate Warrior
    9:35 pm August 25, 2014 Permalink

    Cats by 56!



  2. STOOPS TROOPS
    10:03 pm August 25, 2014 Permalink

    56-7



  3. cireb
    10:03 pm August 25, 2014 Permalink

    Wouldnt worse scenario be losing?



    • Spider-ham
      1:15 am August 26, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah that’s be the worst but not really plausible. Never say never but it’d be unfathomable for UT Martin to win



  4. CatsFan12
    10:24 pm August 25, 2014 Permalink

    Cayuts by 90!!!



  5. bluegrasssu
    11:00 pm August 25, 2014 Permalink

    The wide receivers have butter on their fingers, the running backs stumble and fumble, defense is a no show, special teams wont be so special. Nah just kidding. Seriously I think UK wins by 45 to 13. They will be much improved over last year. I think the Cats can win 5 to 7 games this year.



  6. Tomas
    11:03 pm August 25, 2014 Permalink

    I think we lose, because that’s how UK football rolls. We can pull a loss out of the jaws of victory like no team ever in the history of college sports.



    • Tomas
      11:42 am August 30, 2014 Permalink

      Copy. Paste. Copy. Paste. Copy. Paste. Copy. Paste. Copy. Paste. Copy. Paste. Copy. Paste.



  7. 2mites
    11:26 pm August 25, 2014 Permalink

    Cats win easy and should be one of the highest scoring teams in the nation after two games going into Fld.



  8. Michael
    1:15 am August 26, 2014 Permalink

    Thinking the worst case scenario is a 7 point win is a joke. We aren’t Alabama, or Vanderbilt for that matter. We could very easily lose to UT Martin



    • Not So Much
      7:48 am August 26, 2014 Permalink

      You’re reaching.



  9. UK Freshmen
    3:16 am August 26, 2014 Permalink

    Is it next year that we schedule Middlesboro High School?



    • Hard Knocks Grad
      7:44 am August 26, 2014 Permalink

      Because we’re the only team in America to schedule an FCS opponent. Well unless you count Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina…



    • UKfan
      8:42 am August 26, 2014 Permalink

      Do you know who Phil Steele is? Look it up freshman. Here is how he ranked Kentucky’s SOS.

      9. Kentucky (2012 ranking: 10) — Kentucky’s schedule, which was first in my rankings, begins with Western Kentucky in Nashville. Two weeks later, the Wildcats host bitter rival Louisville. Their SEC slate is even tougher with likely preseason Top 10 teams Alabama and Florida at home and Georgia and South Carolina on the road.

      Here is the Cardinals SOS (99). I think that was pretty generous. The tardinals was 99th out of a possible 126 ranking. Now who is playing high school teams.



    • UKfan
      8:48 am August 26, 2014 Permalink

      Let them add this years so you won’t cry to your mommy about me being unfair.

      Kentucky: 6th
      Louisville: 80th

      Going to be a fun year watching us rise and you…well we shall see.



    • UL Dropout
      11:57 am August 30, 2014 Permalink

      Murray State
      FIU
      Missouri State
      Murray State
      Arkansas State
      Indiana State
      Tennessee Tech
      Middle Tennessee
      Murray State



  10. UKfan
    8:35 am August 26, 2014 Permalink

    I think we beat them fairly easily and the worse case scenario is injury to one or more of our key players.

    49-14

    Go Cats



  11. Kyle P
    9:26 am August 26, 2014 Permalink

    My season ticket party has two tickets available for this weekend’s game. We bought 4 as a group (me and my buddy are going), but there’s 2 people that can’t go. They’ll let them go for face value obviously. $31 a ticket, but probably just take 60 for the pair to make it easier. Let me know if interested. Tickets are in Louisville.



  12. REALITY
    10:20 am August 26, 2014 Permalink

    . Well, we’ve finally made it. Football is here. So let’s jump right in with some predictions that are sure to be wrong. First, we’ll look at Louisville. There will be no griping about the Cardinals’ strength of schedule this season, unless people want to complain about playing good teams. I think UofL has enough returning talent to stay in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s upper tier. I’ll say a 6-0 start brings lots of buzz and a top-15 national ranking, but a challenging end of the season results in an 8-4 finish.

    Kentucky, meanwhile, really has nowhere to go but up. The Wildcats’ non-conference schedule is slightly easier than last season. Losses to Tennessee-Martin, Ohio or Luisiana-Monroe would be inexcusable. Still, the Wildcats are in the SEC, so there will be plenty of challenges. I think their young team shows signs of maturation, Patrick Towles plays well and the Wildcats grab one conference win this year and finish 4-8. They will double their win total from a year ago, but not exactly spectacularly.



    • Hey!
      11:44 am August 30, 2014 Permalink

      Thanks, Adam!



  13. Tom
    12:01 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    An OVC team to open the season with.
    Wasn’t Centre available?
    And our version of ‘Stoops’ wants to play only Power Five conference teams.
    Let’s enjoy the irst two games.
    Baby steps, right?f



    • Hey!
      11:46 am August 30, 2014 Permalink

      Do you slow jack it to Bobby P pics? I’m betting you do….



  14. WRONG, BUT MAYBE THIS TIME I'M RIGHT
    11:20 am August 30, 2014 Permalink

    UT Martin 23 – UK 17



    • Simple Jack
      1:58 pm August 30, 2014 Permalink

      Yup. Should be a close game.



  15. pfife
    11:30 am August 30, 2014 Permalink

    All I would like to say is that if the student section doesn’t show up, UK needs to start giving their tickets away to local public schools.



  16. OldUKFan
    3:29 pm August 30, 2014 Permalink

    Good call on Best Case!!!
    GO CATS!!!