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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Kentucky in Rebound Games After Beating Ranked Teams

So believe it or not, Kentucky’s win over Tennessee on Saturday was just the 7th regular season win over a ranked team since Rich Brooks took over the program in the mid-2000’s.  That’s not a lot of great moments like the one we experienced at Neyland.  And I think we celebrated appropriately and loudly all weekend.  But this team wants more, or so we are told.  We still have 6 games remaining on the schedule and this week, like every week this year, presents some challenges.  Kentucky travels to an SEC opponent, and that in itself is very hard.  In fact, in those 7 instances above, only once has Kentucky followed up that win over a ranked opponent with another win on the road.  Here is a list of all 7 ranked wins since 2007 and the result of the following game:

2007: Defeated #9 Louisville 40-34
Next Game: Defeated Arkansas 42-29

2007: Defeated #1 LSU 43-37
Next Game: Lost to Florida 45-37

2010: Defeated #10 South Carolina 31-28
Next Game: Lost to Georgia 44-31

2015: Defeated #25 Missouri 21-13
Next Game: Defeated Eastern Kentucky 34-27 (ot)

2016: Defeated #11 Louisville 41-38
Next Game: Lost to Georgia Tech 33-18

2018: Defeated #25 Florida 27-16
Next Game: Defeated Murray St. 48-10

2018: Defeated #14 Mississippi State 28-7
Next Game: Defeated South Carolina 24-10

Under Stoops, Kentucky is 3-1 in games following a win over a ranked team but each of those wins was at Kroger Field and two of those wins were against FCS opponents.  The game against Missouri presents a new challenge.  A road SEC opponent.  With the added factor that Kentucky is actually FAVORED in this game, which they haven’t been favored in a road SEC game very often in the last 30 years.  If UK can rebound off the high of the win over Tennessee and handle their business on Saturday, I think another impressive hurdle is completed in this program’s ascent.

This also gives me the chance to post highlights from one of the forgotten great wins in program history:

 

Article written by Bryan the Intern