When you go through the down times that Kentucky has over the last several years, you tend to develop some negative streaks that can be quite the embarrassment for the fans. And certainly at UK, we have become accustomed to streaks. The Tennessee losing streak hovered over this program for nearly a quarter century. The current Florida losing streak is starting to do the same, where every year the game is played the first thing brought up is the length of the losing streak.
But right now, there are 2 streaks that are attached to this program that I think are the ones that we should struggle with the most. I wonder which of these 2 you are most embarrassed about as a fan and would rather see broken this season, if only 1 of the 2 can be broken:
1. 16 STRAIGHT LOSSES IN THE SEC
-Currently it’s the 2nd longest conference losing streak in UK history. But the record is 17, so if Kentucky doesn’t want to surpass that, they will have beat either Florida of Vanderbilt. But whether they get past 17 straight losses or not, the number that we absolutely can not get to is 24. A 3rd straight 0-8 conference season would be an utter disaster for this program. We would turn into the Northwestern of the early 1990’s or Rutgers or Temple of more modern times. Personally, I don’t really care where it comes from, there has to be an SEC win in there somewhere. The schedule sets up to give Kentucky several shots at a win and I fully expect them to execute. But the longer that number remains and gets bigger, the more pressure for each game.
2. 3 STRAIGHT LOSSES TO LOUISVILLE
-Kentucky lost 4 straight to Louisville at the end of the Bobby Petrino Era #1. But it’s been especially tough recently as UL has gone to another BCS Bowl and now brought back Petrino. UL fans believe they have a grip on this rivalry now and for the future long term. Which is more reason that Kentucky breaks that losing streak sooner than later. Not only are there actual ramifications on the recruiting trail if that streak continues, but the general misery of UK fans until basketball season begins having to hear crap from Cards fans needs to stop.
Now, I am not sure that both of these streaks can’t be broken this season, but if I told you that only one of them could happen in 2014, which one would you rather see happen? Personally, give me an SEC win this year and a win over Louisville next year in Commonwealth.