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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: 5 Things We HAVE to See Against Ole Miss

1. Terry Wilson No Baffling Decisions

Notice I didn’t say “no turnovers”.  When you are the guy who touches the ball each and every play, I can accept a turnover here and there.  What we absolutely can have none of again is fumbling the ball with nobody touching you, throwing the ball away on a 2-point conversion, sliding short of the 1st down marker by a yard, and not recognizing offside.  I think most are willing to shake those off as rust but my leash stops at Game 1.  Terry showed flashes of being really effective but those baffling plays really mounted up against Auburn.  Do that against Ole Miss and you can easily get upset.

2. Better Tackling

Different Kentucky teams over the last 30 years have had different flaws.  Some couldn’t throw, some couldn’t protect the QB, some couldn’t stop the run, some couldn’t stop the pass.  But one thing that always seems to be the case is we don’t tackle.  I think that has actually improved during the Stoops era but against Auburn it was a glaring problem.  Missed tackles in the 1st half were brutal.  Again, willing to shake it off as Week 1 rust but that can’t happen on Saturday.

3. Better Adjustment to Game Situation

When the game is going Kentucky’s way, Eddie Gran is a boss.  Early play calling and plays when ahead are sharp.  When the game flips though and UK trails or has lost momentum, I always come off feeling like there was no plan to adjust.  It seems sometimes that Kentucky has one way to win and when that isn’t working the game is lost.  Once UK started falling behind against Auburn, a game plan of massive bubble screens seemed odd.  On defense, adjustments seemed a little limited too although not sure Williams was going to be stopped with anything beyond a triple team.  It would just be nice to see adversity faced with adjustments, especially on the offensive end.

4. A 2nd Wide Out Playmaker

Maybe it’s Akeem Hayes but I’d like to see a little more.  Josh Ali seems to be a guy who will be there all season long.  And I didn’t see anybody even close to resembling a dominant force out there so it will be a group effort for sure.  But who will be that 2nd guy.  When’s the last time UK actually had a good 1-2 punch at wideout?  Randall Cobb-Chris Matthews?

5. A Win

It’s Kentucky football.  We really shouldn’t have many “MUST WINS” in our history.  But I truly think this season might be a bust already with a loss Saturday.  All of the hype given out by this team and eaten up by us was not on full display against Auburn.  We are certainly a fine enough club.  Good players on both sides of the ball.  But there was just that something missing.  A spark.  A difference maker.  Something that is hard to point out.  But also Auburn is good.  Ole Miss is not really.  They rode a 1st game momentum against Florida and still lost by 2 touchdowns at home.  That isn’t the case in Lexington.  UK should win this game by 10+ points.  But I really don’t care about that.  They just have to win.  It is a MUST WIN.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

7 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: 5 Things We HAVE to See Against Ole Miss

  1. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    10:11 am September 29, 2020 Permalink

    Everything you said is spot on.

  2. WILDCATS1968
    11:00 am September 29, 2020 Permalink

    Except the “should beat Ole Miss by 10+.” Sans Vandy, there is not a team on our schedule we SHOULD beat by 10+. They gave up a ton of points against Florida, but they also hung 30+ on the Gator defense. IF UK can’t get in a track meet with their offense, they will lose to Ole Miss because they are going to score, and score a lot. We had better be able to win a shootout for this one. I will make a prediction IF, not saying they are going to, but IF UK only scores 13 this week, we lose by 3tds. Now, I think UK wins the game, but lets not act like we are SUPPOSED to beat Ole Miss by DD’s. I am betting the over, thinking it will be something like 38-34 type game, not touching the line one side or the other. JMO.

  3. blueblood80
    11:07 am September 29, 2020 Permalink

    The depth, talent, and experience may have been overhyped all summer by KSR and others. I saw consistent poor tackling for the first time in a couple of years. The secondary and pass defense are way overrated. The statistics for pass defense last year are skewed. Kentucky played three games in monsoons where neither team could pass. Like against Ga., who passed for 35 yards! This returning secondary is NOT that good.

  4. Southky
    11:51 am September 29, 2020 Permalink

    Good luck with all the above. Terry is what he is and I just don’t know if the recievers are good enough to be productive in the SEC.

  5. MississippiBlue
    2:23 pm September 29, 2020 Permalink

    I really enjoy this site and the podcast, but I’ll never understand the lack of SEC football knowledge. It doesn’t take a lot of work to review the rosters and complete cross comparison to know that Ole Miss and UK are fairly equal in talent. UK has the better defensive talent, and Ole Miss has superior offensive players. It’s fine to call it a must win, but when you say there’s a talent discrepancy you rile up the fan base. You hope to beat a team like Ole Miss, but you should not expect it.

  6. UKFanSC
    2:35 pm September 29, 2020 Permalink

    Agree 100 % on each observation. Need a win this week….