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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: UT-Martin’s History against D-1 Opponents

So, what will it take for Kentucky to avoid a complete meltdown loss to UT-Martin on Saturday?  The obvious answer is scoring more points than their opponent.  DUH.  But if you want to break it down more than that, the simple answer to defeat a 1-AA opponent is on one side of the ball: OFFENSE.  Look at the previous 6 times that UT-Martin has played a D-1A school over the last 4 years.  What you will find is that the Skyhawks are unlikely to score many points on Saturday.

2013
at Boise State: L 63-14
at Memphis: L 21-6

2012
at Memphis: W 20-17
at Northern Illinois: L 35-7

2011
at Mississippi State: L 55-17

2010
at Tennessee: L 50-0

Only once did UT-Martin break 20 points in a game and they averaged 10.2 ppg overall in those 6 games.  Add in to that those 6 opponents were not exactly world beaters and you understand that UK should be able to handle them this weekend.  WITH THAT SAID, let’s not forget that just 2 years ago UT-Martin actually pulled off an upset over Memphis, winning 20-17.  You might say that Memphis is an embarrassment but I would counter that we are 4-20 over the last 2 years, so right now we are more like Memphis than anybody else in the SEC.

I know I called UT-Martin a cupcake earlier this week but the reality is that UK CAN LOSE THIS GAME.  And that Memphis result 2 years ago proves it.  Kentucky must take care of the ball first and foremost.  Memphis turned the ball over 3 times in that game, including a fumbled punt return with under a minute to go that led to the game winning field goal.  They also did not control the ball, allowing the Skyhawks to win the time of possession.  Add to that Memphis gave up 185 yards of rushing and you have the triumvirate to allow an upset to happen.

I fully expect Kentucky to win on Saturday.  In fact, I would set the spread at -28 for the Cats.  But be aware if UK has any kind of the same performance they had last year against WKU, UT-Martin could very well pull off the upset.  For reference how UT-Martin pulled off the Memphis upset, here were the highlights from that game.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

25 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: UT-Martin’s History against D-1 Opponents



  1. come on
    9:02 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    Where are the top tweets of the day???



  2. Elwood Blues
    9:16 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    If you think an upset is possible then you don’t set a spread at 28.



  3. David
    9:24 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    If there was an IF window at Church Hill Downs we would all be rich. Love it when writers have to talk about what might happen if we come out flat like last years opener. I will bet my season tickets that Kentucky wins this game.



  4. WKU
    9:29 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    Dey ‘posed to be SEC.



  5. Common Sense
    9:32 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    UK could lose this game. I could be struck by lightning.



    • Luther
      3:16 pm August 27, 2014 Permalink

      And Cal could play 10 guys this season…



    • UKBlue1!
      3:52 pm August 27, 2014 Permalink

      2 things are for sure…ten guys will play and UL will get smacked.



  6. STOOPS TROOPS
    9:40 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    Look, we all know that Kentucky Football sux more D than Matt and Tyler combined, but they aren’t Div. II bad.



  7. bbr
    9:56 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    what is with this site’s obsession with Tebow?



  8. CATandMONKEY
    9:57 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    IF we lose this game we SHOULD forfeit the remainder of the season. Avoid the unavoidable injuries and do reset for 2015.

    We are not going to lose this game. Yeah, I know anything is possible. BTI still sucks.



  9. Wait a minute...
    10:04 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    If UK is going to take itself seriously in football, articles like this can’t be written. Do you think Florida football sites have articles like this about their week 1 opponent? Alabama? Even Tennessee? The expectation has to be to win, always.



    • BTI
      10:24 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      BTI really is the worst.



  10. Memphis?
    10:22 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    Memphis is awful. I realize KY has struggled but we play the best teams on the planet every single weekend.

    Memphis is in that god awful conference that UL stacked up wins in. The American, BE and Conf USA has teams that are worse than UT-Martin. Let’s keep it real.



  11. UKfan
    10:26 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    UK 56 – UT-Martin 14

    I want to see how Reece Phillips plays. I really, really want him to stick around and get playing time at QB.



  12. Tim Whatley
    10:33 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    ” …. the reality is that UK CAN LOSE THIS GAME. And that Memphis result 2 years ago proves it.”

    There is absolutely no proof whatsoever that a game played by UT Martin two years ago against a different opponent can or will have any direct or indirect correlation on the game being played this Saturday. You should have paid better attention in your Statistics and Probability class.



    • CATandMONKEY
      10:44 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      +1



  13. Knowbody
    10:40 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    The loss must have been devastating to the 500 or so Memphis fans that showed up to watch the game.



  14. bluegrassstu
    10:41 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    If Uk loses this game, then they better dismantle the football program for good. The game to worry about in my opinion, is the one agaisnt Ohio U. The coaching is solid and consistent, they will be coming here to win one against the SEC. They will be fired up. I hope the Cats don’t get a big head after they trounce UT Maritn.



    • UL Troll
      11:05 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      Better go hide back under your bridge, UL troll



    • Elwood Blues
      3:02 pm August 27, 2014 Permalink

      How in the world did anything he said make you think he was a UL troll? Christ, we have dumb fans.



  15. Tom
    11:42 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    If we lose this one, well, it’s time to down size more and make Commonwealth a horse show arena.
    Can you imagine the excuses that would developed.
    There is no way Kentucky can lose to this bunch.
    That would be like the basketball team losing to Robert Morris!



  16. Jeremy
    1:15 pm August 27, 2014 Permalink

    What’s worse? Losing to UT-Martin or losing to 212th ranked UConn on a championship run?

    I vote for UConn



  17. Dr. Funke
    1:46 pm August 27, 2014 Permalink

    Did they go back to calling FBS and FCS 1-A and 1-AA? Both of which are D-1 BTW.