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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: A Realistic Change in Expectations…..

Yesterday was a banner day for the Kentucky football program.  Top to bottom, we will probably be seeing more talent come into Lexington next year than any other year since rankings really took off.  And that has been the trajectory of the UK football program since Mark Stoops took over.  But it is still hard to know where to set expectations for a UK program that has more talent than ever but is looking at a 7 or 8 win season this year.  Last year’s 10-win squad is almost certainly an anomaly, as it would be for almost any other program in the country.  But we are also past the point of scratching and clawing to 6 wins and a low tier bowl and calling it a success.  So where do we find the middle ground?  Because despite our increase in recruiting success, the recruiting rankings still show us in the bottom half of the SEC.  So you could argue most teams in the SEC still have more talent.  So picking a win total is difficult to do.

But I think there is an easy place to land of where expectations should (and maybe already have) changed.  Kentucky should, under no circumstances, be embarrassed by any opponent so long as this talent stream continues.  Since Mark Stoops arrived, he has lost 17 games in 7 seasons by more than 3 touchdowns and another 8 games by two touchdowns or more.  25 games total, or over two full seasons of losses:

*Lost to Alabama by 41, Lost to Missouri by 31, Lost to Georgia by 42
*Lost to Louisville by 14, Lost to Florida by 17, Lost to Vanderbilt by 16

*Lost to LSU by 38, Lost to Georgia by 32, Lost to Tennessee by 34
*Lost to Mississippi St by 14

*Lost to Mississippi St by 26, Lost to Tennessee by 31, Lost to Georgia by 24
*Lost to Louisville by 14

*Lost to Florida by 38, Lost to Alabama by 28
*Lost to Georgia Tech by 15

*Lost to Mississippi St. by 38, Lost to Georgia by 29, Lost to Louisville by 27

*Lost to Georgia by 17, Lost to Tennessee by 17

*Lost to Georgia by 21
*Lost to Mississippi State by 15, Lost to South Carolina by 17

In each and every season that Mark Stoops has been here we have lost at least 2 games by 17 points or more.  Those are what I would call CLUNKER games where we were overmatched.  That should not happen again.  And when it does happen, there should not be excuse making about injuries, weather, or the like.  This team should have the talent depth to deal with all injuries and still be competitive in each and every SEC game.  Yes that means in Athens against Georgia and yes that means in Gainesville against Florida.  Anything more than a 14 point defeat should be considered a disappointment.

That is how the program should have progressed from 2013 and before to now.  As UK football fans, we are quite used to beatdowns.  We have set through many a pathetic performance, both at Kroger Field and in our homes.  And in many of those beatdowns, we were defeated before the game even kicked off.  We knew what was coming and was just had to accept it.  That era should be officially over now.  We should reasonably be able to expect victory or serious competition in every game we play.  We should be able to stand on the field with the best teams in this conference and have a legitimate chance to win.  Doesn’t mean we always will.  We won’t.  Also doesn’t mean we should win 10 games.  Because we won’t.  But we should be able to, at the end of every game, say to ourselves that we had a team capable of winning and they played that way.

Anything less is not moving this program forward. 

Article written by Bryan the Intern

13 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: A Realistic Change in Expectations…..

  1. jmcatt
    9:06 am December 19, 2019 Permalink

    I understand the statement to a point but sometimes beat downs happen to top tier teams. Alabama getting drilled by Clemson 2018 Championship, LSU dragging Georgia all over the field in the SEC tile game just to name a few.

  2. secrick
    9:07 am December 19, 2019 Permalink

    Bryan sometimes you write some dumb sh””.

    • cats646
      9:51 am December 19, 2019 Permalink


    • ukkatzfan
      9:07 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

      secrick, no truer words have ever been said in the comment section. hahahahaahha

  3. JoeBee
    9:39 am December 19, 2019 Permalink

    Agreed, uninspired piece.

  4. OKB
    9:57 am December 19, 2019 Permalink

    I scrolled back up to make sure I wasn’t reading NotJerryTipton. Of all the days to conjure a balloon-popping article about UK Football.

  5. notFromhere
    10:10 am December 19, 2019 Permalink

    Sometimes UK will get more wins. Sometimes they will get fewer wins.
    They aren’t just shadow boxing. There are SEC teams with perennial top 5 recruiting classes on the other side of the line of scrimmage.

    Expectations are sht. They are an illusion people choose to live in, rather than reality.

    Expect to have to cheer loud every game at commonwealth. Expect every game to be a fight for 60 minutes. Expect that no one is going to hand you a victory, and that, if you take your foot off of the gas in the SEC, you’re going backwardsand losing momentum.

    Other than that, stop being a control freak or a pessimist because you think it’s the cool thing to be as a fan, AND ENJOY THE DMN RIDE!!

  6. Jester
    10:29 am December 19, 2019 Permalink

    Yesterday was a good day for the Cats. We most likely would have never seen anything like this under previous coaches of the past 40 years.
    BUT…we need to continue to move to the next level and get classes ranked ahead of Tennessee and most definitely ahead of South kackalacky. Those two programs also have new coaches, and Muschamp in particular should not out-recruit us moving into the future. At least Tennessee can claim some sort of legacy of championship years (as much as I hate to type that), but South Carolina has nothing on us.

    All in all a good day, but we need to keep our eyes on the prize and not settle for mid-pack status. We’ll never be Alabama, but I’d like to compete for the SEC east championship on a regular basis.

  7. dave1964
    10:45 am December 19, 2019 Permalink

    Stop ? reading about half way through this article I think we should have won a few of the games we lost this season overall happy with our team this year.

  8. eyebleedblue
    11:27 am December 19, 2019 Permalink

    It’s a slow process to build depth across the board. Stoops has done a masterful job doing so in the trenches and that’s where it will pay off. One team has a better recruiting class on the lines next season, Clemson. We win 9/10 games with Terry if he doesn’t get hurt this season.
    Marrow said there is only one team left to catch from a player standpoint in the East and this class does it, UGA.
    Lock Stoops up, give him a raise, longer he is here the more we rise.

  9. thenamerobdigity
    12:28 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    Last year Florida was a top 10 team.
    2018 Florida: 19 Point loss to UGA and a 21 point loss to Missouri.
    2018 LSU: 29 point loss to Alabama
    2018 Auburn: 31 point loss Alabama, 17 point loss to Georgia
    2018 Alabama: 28 point loss to Clemson
    2018 Georgia: 20 point loss to LSU

    Those are literally the top 5 teams in the conference, and they all had a loss of 17 points or more just last year. This is also true for EVERY SEC team.


  10. ukkatzfan
    9:12 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    BTI, have you considered another job or at least another subject on which to write ? maybe something in fiction ? An intern this long ? tsk tsk tsk.