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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Finding Significance in a Insignificant Game

Whether or not Kentucky deserved to play in the Gator Bowl over the Belk Bowl or playing Indiana is more attractive that Virginia Tech, the reality is the bowl game Kentucky will play on New Year’s Eve is, in the grand scheme of things, meaningless.  Last year’s game against Penn State held extreme importance getting UK a 10-win season and beating one of the nation’s powers.  Virginia Tech doesn’t hold anywhere near that kind of clout.  While this season has been interesting to say the least, it will never be considered one of the great seasons in UK history.  Lynn Bowden basically became a legend this season but beyond that, not a whole lot that will be remembered long term.

So where do we find significance in a game that, on the surface, holds very little meaning?  Here are 5 ways it could excite you:

  1. 8 win seasons don’t happen very often for Kentucky football, even with a 12-game schedule.  In fact, in the last 50 years of Kentucky football, we’ve had a grand total of SIX seasons of 8 wins or more.  So while I already said this season will not be remembered as a “great” season, you could argue it is one of the 10 best in UK history.
  2. Say what you want about the quality of Virginia Tech, Kentucky has beaten all of ONE Power 5 non-conference not named Louisville in the past 12 seasons, and that was Penn State last year.  Being able to handle your business against another power conference opponent still solidifies your place in the college football hierarchy.
  3. Two bowl wins in a row.  Bear Bryant and Rich Brooks.  The only two men to accomplish that at Kentucky.  Mark Stoops could become the third.
  4. Lynn Bowden’s swan song.  Maybe he comes back but probably not.  And for what he has meant to this team this year, seeing him perform one more time should be cherished by everybody.
  5. What is the future?  Bowden, gone.  A couple other regular contributors will be gone as well.  But overall, this team will be coming back largely in tact.  Will we see some new guys star in a bowl game, as we often do?  An unexpected WR?  Young defensive lineman gets a couple sacks?  It almost always plays out that somebody emerges we haven’t heard from this season and gets us excited for 2020.  Who will that be?

Article written by Bryan the Intern

9 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Finding Significance in a Insignificant Game

  1. bbn606
    10:42 am December 9, 2019 Permalink

    I think the truth is that UK was the most desirable by the Gator, Belk and even the Music City Bowl but the Music City wasn’t going to happen because Louisville was there. Unfortunately Tennessee was above UK in the pecking order. So let’s go to the Belk and run all overTech.

  2. wellis88
    11:00 am December 9, 2019 Permalink

    This is an awful take an in no way reflects what the coaches and players think. The coaches and players don’t approach this as an “insignificant” game. It is a game that has meaning for the seniors. It is a game that will greatly help recruiting momentum (just ask Big Dog) assuming a win. It is a game where Kentucky could knock off a big name program that has a great history. It is a game where Kentucky can show off to recruits on national television.

    Making the claim that a bowl game like this has little to no significance going into the off-season, not to mention historically (8 wins potentially), is asinine. This would be the same as saying the previous Gator Bowl (7-5) and the previous Music City bowl (7-5) neither carried any significance, which isn’t true.

    This game may not mean anything to you personally, or to the media at large, but it certainly has meaning for the Kentucky football program and its’ players, coaches and staff moving forward.

    Can I write for KSR in BTI’s place?

  3. CatfaninCinci
    11:03 am December 9, 2019 Permalink

    BTI is writing as a fan… He’s not a player, coach or staff member. And he’s right. Just because you don’t like that fact doesn’t make him wrong

  4. wellis88
    11:10 am December 9, 2019 Permalink

    This is in now way an insignificant game.

    • bigblue2284
      11:31 am December 9, 2019 Permalink

      What’s the significance? Like most non championship bowl games, there is no point. It’s like saying we missed the NCAA tournament but the NIT is awesome. These bowls are for money making period.

  5. wellis88
    12:30 pm December 9, 2019 Permalink

    These bowls help tremendously for extra practices (nearly a month) and recruiting advantages. Again, this is not a meaningless game.

  6. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    1:01 pm December 9, 2019 Permalink

    If you have to go searching for significance in a Kentucky bowl game, I have to question whether or not you’re actually a UK fan. Then again, I know how sick we are of silly bowl games after having played in a grand total of 18 of them. Unbelievably pathetic take.

  7. Mr. Cub
    1:19 pm December 9, 2019 Permalink

    I could not disagree any stronger. In some ways I have enjoyed and appreciated watching this year’s team play as much as last year’s. Even before Wilson went down #BBN knew that this would be a “step back” year. As such, seven wins in a reset year – with a WR at QB and zero passing attack for most of the season – is a SIGNIFICANT accomplishment for UK Football and a statement that Stoops is building a program that can contend against any team in the SEC.

  8. CB3UK
    3:57 pm December 9, 2019 Permalink

    What complete and utter garbage. The game is meaningless? This is about as terrible a take as has ever been posted on here.