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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Can Cats Rebound After Another Devastating Florida Loss?

Here we are again, another year with a loss to Florida that should have been a win.  Another year of what ifs and could have beens and the fanbase questioning if this team has it and if this coaching staff has it.  The good thing is we are used to these emotions.  I counted at least 8 losses to Florida since the SEC expanded that could be considered crippling.  The bad thing is how those teams responded to the losses to Florida hasn’t always been the greatest.  Because we now have to see if this team can quickly rebound against a quality Mississippi State team.  It’s a game that is quite winnable but not a gimme.  And in 7 of the 8 instances below, UK was involved in a game with a spread under 10 in the following week:

1993
Florida 24, Kentucky 20 (Chris Doering Game)
Following Week: Indiana 24, Kentucky 8 (UK was a 7-point underdog)

1998
Florida 51, Kentucky 35 (UK makes it back into rankings, UF knocks them back out)
Following Week: Arkansas 27, Kentucky 20 (UK was a 4-point underdog)

2002
Florida 41, Kentucky 34 (4-0 Cats nearly make improbably comeback)
Following Week: South Carolina 16, Kentucky 12 (UK was a 3.5 point favorite)

2003
Florida 24, Kentucky 21 (Cats blow 18 point lead in 4th quarter)
Following Week: South Carolina 27, Kentucky 21 (UK was an 8.5 point underdog)

2007
Florida 45, Kentucky 37 (College Gameday comes to Lexington)
Following Week: Mississippi State 31, Kentucky 14 (UK was a 13 point favorite)

2014
Florida 36, Kentucky 30 (Refs screw Cats in overtime)
Following Week: Kentucky 17, Vanderbilt 7 (UK was a 16.5 point favorite)

2015
Florida 14, Kentucky 9 (UK offense stalls in chance to beat Gators)
Following Week: Kentucky 21, Missouri 13 (UK was a 2.5 point favorite)

2017
Florida 28, Kentucky 27 (Cats leave receivers open everywhere)
Following Week: Kentucky 24, Eastern Michigan 20 (UK was a 14 point favorite)

So, the bad news first.  UK is just 3-5 overall in the weeks following those terrible Florida losses, and one of the wins was against Eastern Michigan.  Secondly, UK is just 1-7 against the spread in these games.  Now for the positive.  UK has won the last 3 times after crushing Florida losses, all under Stoops.  He has been able to do something Curry, Mumme, and Brooks were not able to do.  Regroup and win.

UK is facing around a touchdown spread this weekend in Starkville.  If the Cats can pull out a win it would be another “bucking the trend” moment in this program’s transformation.  The Florida loss knocked us down a peg.  A win this weekend could immediately get us back.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

12 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Can Cats Rebound After Another Devastating Florida Loss?



  1. ClutchCargo
    10:12 am September 18, 2019 Permalink

    Overly dramatic headline. That loss was frustrating, but not devastating.



    • mashburnfan1
      11:00 am September 18, 2019 Permalink

      I would agree with devastating. We dominated through 3 quarters, only points they got were 2 drives of less than 30 yards after our turnovers. One turnover we were driving to score. Realistic could have been up 28-0 after 3. Still we were up 21-10 and had so many chances to put game away. Then the real Eddie Gran play calling started and it infected the defense as they went prevent and we covered nobody and put no pressure on a backup QB that most teams would send extra pressure against.
      My concern is we no show like the UT game after losing to UGA. That UGA loss was not as devastating as we were never really in that game, they just beat us. This UF game we lost, gave away. That hurts.



    • ClutchCargo
      11:44 am September 18, 2019 Permalink

      If we have a similar no show against Miss. St., then it will have been devastating. It’s really only devastating if the players and coaches allow it to be. Otherwise, it’s just a bump in the road with 7 more conference games to right the ship, the way I look at it.



    • notFromhere
      2:53 pm September 18, 2019 Permalink

      Clutch, do any of these people even know what devastating means? Last time a loss was devastating to me was when I was in grade school



  2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:52 am September 18, 2019 Permalink

    Still open wounds, meet salt.



  3. Slam242424
    11:24 am September 18, 2019 Permalink

    Every loss is devastating!!!! Play the game much? Sure some more than others. But here’s what difference, we now expect to win. And that’s a whole new culture that wasn’t there before.



  4. largoky
    11:25 am September 18, 2019 Permalink

    So now we do what FL did last year after we beat them on their turf…regroup and stay in the race for the east, it can be done! GO CATS!



    • cats646
      11:43 am September 18, 2019 Permalink

      Yessir!!



    • ClutchCargo
      11:45 am September 18, 2019 Permalink

      Well said. That’s the point I was trying to make above.



    • notFromhere
      2:52 pm September 18, 2019 Permalink

      ABSOfreakinLUTELY



  5. notFromhere
    2:51 pm September 18, 2019 Permalink

    It wasn’t “devastating,”drama queen. Might’ve been a tad bit demoralizing, but nowhere near devastating. Building a consistent winner of these types of games takes time. Mentality is still building.

    We weren’t mentally tough this past weekend



    • BluKudzu
      3:26 pm September 18, 2019 Permalink

      I thought it humiliating for the team and coaches more than anything. All the hot air about being disrespected by the media, and they go out on national TV and lose to a depleated team with a back up QB, on our home field.
      Just shut the fudge up and go play. Your record and the scoreboard will tell you how goid you are.