When the schedule was released you had to circle the four games from Louisville to Alabama and know that the Cats were facing one of the toughest stretches in the country. After one week of to prepare the team will be right in the thick of things as they are likely to be double digit dogs in all three. So do we have any hope of winning any of them? There’s always a chance. Here are my picks for the best (and worst) possible outcomes of the next three games.
Number 19 Florida
Best Case: The 26 year streak finally comes to an end as the Florida offense can’t keep up. Jeff Driskell is put into the dirt 4 times by Za’Darius and never gets into rhythm. Max Smith is back from the hurt shoulder and has never looked better as he goes for 3 touchdowns and 350 yards. Jojo Kemp and Timmons both have monster days highlighting problems the Gators will have to deal with for years to come. Will Muschamp is relieved of his duties following the season and Charlie Strong bolts from Louisville leaving their program crippled in the ACC.
Worst Case: Florida. once again, is just too much for the Cats. Like last season Whitlow is unable to get anything going for the Cats as Florida’s defense pitches another shutout. The Cats fall to 1-3 by losing to a subpar Florida team and the Cats begin to show signs of discontent as do the fans. The streak is pushed to 27 with no hope of it ending in the next couple of years.
@ Number 12 South Carolina
Best Case: Whitlow finishes what he started. Last season Kentucky held a 17-7 lead over the Gamecocks before giving it all up in the second half. This year the Cats go down to Columbia and leave with a road win over a top ten team. Spurrier, devastated, announces he will retire at the end of the season and USC will go back to being a weak SEC team. The Cats continue to rise under Stoops and become that team competing for an SEC East championship. It all started with that one game in South Carolina.
Worst Case: Clowney Clowns Kentucky. Smith goes out following a big hit from Clowney and shortly after Whitlow goes too. Smith was hurt last season during this game with an ankle injury and a similar hit leaves him sidelined for the rest of the season. The Cats have to face Alabama without anyone reliable under center. Spurrier gets a contract extension and Drew Barker flips his commitment back to the Gamecocks. Not much worse this game could go than that.
Number 1 Alabama
Best Case: The best case would obviously be a win but even that seems a bit unrealistic. Alabama is the two time defending national champs and odds on favorites to do it a third time. The Cats may be able to challenge the Tide someday but as of now Alabama is just too talented. Still, stranger things have happened in the world of sports and Alabama could fall into the trap game. Even though Nick Saban would never allow that to happen. Hopefully the Cats can find a way to keep things close or at least respectable. Alabama is the best team in the nation, taking a loss in this one would be alright.
Worst Case: Kentucky Get Embarrassed. I know we’re in rebuilding mode but hopefully we are able to put some points up on the board. This game could also go wrong if the power of the SEC leaders leaves a bunch of our guys banged up. The goal for this one should be to make it through close and with our health intact. Then its on to some winnable games.
What is your best/worst case for this upcoming slate?