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Charting a Course to Atlanta

Yesterday, Patrick Towles made some waves around the Big Blue Nation as he went on Paul Finebaum and said, “I think we can get to Atlanta, and I can say that with as much confidence as I’ve got,”. Today, he stood by those comments and told us to tell him “he’s crazy”. Well I’m not here to derail any dreams, I’m here to backup our quarterback. If the Cats were to pull of a miracle and make it to Atlanta here’s how it could happen:

First let’s take a look at what kind of record it has taken to win the SEC East. 2014: Missouri (7-1), 2013: Missouri (7-1), 2012: Georgia (7-1), 2011: Georgia (7-1) 2010: South Carolina (5-3), 2009: Florida (8-0), 2008: Florida (7-1), 2007: Georgia (6-2), 2006: Florida (7-1), 2005: Georgia (6-2). IF Kentucky were to make it to Atlanta I think you would have to see an anomaly year similar to 2010 when South Carolina won the east with a record of 5-3. I don’t think the Cats have the personnel or even the schedule to win even 6 in conference but luckily neither does the competition. So next let’s chart the possible scenario of winning the East this year with a record of 5-3:

Kentucky: 5-3 Win: @South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, @Vandy Lose: Auburn, @Mississippi State, @Georgia.

First of all let me say that this scenario is absolutely insane. Kentucky would have to win their first SEC road game since a 2009 trip to Athens and then do it again. They would have to beat Florida for the first time in nearly three decades. They would have to post a winning record in the SEC for the first time since 1977. But with all that insanity out of the way this scenario isn’t impossible. Win every winnable game and then pray for some help from your rivals.

Tennessee: 5-3 Win: @Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, Vandy Lose: @Alabama, @Kentucky, @Missouri

You can mark down that UT isn’t going to steal one on the road at Alabama. That means if Kentucky can beat them in Commonwealth then the division would open for about any team to steal. In this scenario the Cats head to Atlanta via tie-breaker.

Georgia: 4-4 Win: @Vandy, South Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky. Lose: Alabama, @Tennessee, Florida, @Auburn

Georgia is the team to beat in the SEC East this year but they face a daunting schedule to make it back to the SEC championship. They play two teams looking to make the playoff in Alabama and Auburn, they have to go on the road to play in Knoxville, and Florida shocked them last season in Jacksonville. The Gators would need the late season win if they are going to make a bowl.

South Carolina: 4-4 Missouri: 3-5 Florida: 3-5 Vandy: 0-8


So that’s the dream scenario that could send Kentucky to the biggest game in the history of the school. Is it likely? Of course not but insane fan hopes are what the summer is all about. What do you think? Do you give the Cats any chance of reaching such great heights?



Article written by Andrew Cassady

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44 Comments for Charting a Course to Atlanta

  1. Reality
    9:41 pm August 21, 2015 Permalink

    Delta Airlines has 7 non-stop flights to Atlanta every weekday. That’s the only way this team is going to make it to Atlanta. They may be able to reserve some tickets to watch the SEC Championship game from the lower arena seats while they are there.

  2. Indiana Hoosiers
    9:47 pm August 21, 2015 Permalink

    You hilljacks remember how we are a below average team in the BigTen, but we still beat the SEC East Champs last year? Yeah. Good Times. Now is your chance to rise up, since the SEC sucks now.

  3. Drew Franklin
    9:50 pm August 21, 2015 Permalink

    How about beating Louisiana Lafayette first, rednecks

    Three goggle

    • Drew Franklin
      11:05 pm August 21, 2015 Permalink

      I can’t wait until we get revenge on Virginia (5-7, 3-5 ACC) next year.

  4. Justin
    10:11 pm August 21, 2015 Permalink

    I really like our odds @MissState. I don’t see us getting to Atlanta with a loss to Georgia. On the other hand UGA still doesn’t know who its QB or #2 WR will be this year. Are they seriously going to just run their way into the SEC Championship with Bama and Auburn on their schedule? That’s brutal and one dimensional. I believe USC and Florida have lost too much firepower on offense from last year to make a run with inexperienced QBs. Mizzou is tough, but it is early and at home… And Vandy will be Vandy.

    It’s football time in the bluegrass and I like my team!

    • #[email protected]
      9:37 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

      Vandy will be Vandy???

      YOU’RE Vandy!! Vandy all time sec wins 197, uk all time sec wins 167, straight up head to head uk 41 vandy 40 ties 4 lmao

  5. Gowcats
    10:35 pm August 21, 2015 Permalink

    As I read this, I thought “Wow, this serious troll bait.” You people don’t disappoint, but don’t pee on my Wheeties. I am cautiously optimistic for a good year.

    • Troll Slayer
      11:03 pm August 21, 2015 Permalink

      It definitely worked. The first three comments are from pathetic losers. THE FIRST THREE.

      But WE’RE obsessed. 😉

  6. Wooly Cat
    10:53 pm August 21, 2015 Permalink

    I like our odds @Miss St. rather than Home against Tennessee. Then again what do I know, just a hunch. Actually Tennessee may end up winning the east looking to do it the same way we could. With Mizzou/Florida/SC all seeming down this year… plus Georgia always seems to choke.

    • CardFan502
      11:09 pm August 21, 2015 Permalink

      Georgia football is overrated. Just like Auburn.

    • CatsBalls
      12:05 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

      You mean the same Georgia team that didn’t punt the ball once in the last meet? They scored on every possession except for when they took a knee to end the first half and then again to end the game.

    • CardFan502
      12:20 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

      No. The one that had the dude that put up 266 rushing yards alone on our Cards. That wouldn’t happen this year.

    • scorpiocard
      9:49 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

      Beat Florida. Funny how all you can talk about is what the CARDS did not do, as opposed to talking about anything you team HAS DONE.I guess that’s because your team has done nothing except place 12th in the nation in player arrests over the past five years.

      No shame in losing to a good sec team. sec teams beat up on each other all the time. You guys been getting pounded by all of them for six and a half decades. So the CARDS could not keep up with UGA in scoring with a 3rd string redshirt freshman QB making his first start ever. He was still good enough to punk the cayuts in relief of the 2nd string QB, even after handing uk 14 points on TOs. sec nutsack hangers you are.

  7. joe
    12:04 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

    Keep your low expectations to yourself Andrew Cassady. This team is absolutely capable of making it to Atlanta. Raise your expectations dude. Stop accepting mediocrity. The level of recruit we’ve brought in is as good as anyone in the SEC East, and it’s year 3 now. We can absolutely win the SEC East this year. Just because you KSR writers don’t believe in these coaches and players doesn’t mean they can’t. We have one of the best offenses (if not the best) in the SEC and a defense that Stoops says will be significantly tell me, why can’t we win the East? Most of our tough games are at home (where we play at a high level). You can point to history all you want, but in the past we didn’t have this coaching staff. In the past we didn’t have 3 back to back top-25 recruiting classes. In the past we haven’t had this caliber of player. A team can absolutely win the SEC East with the talent on this team.

    • Oh brother
      9:22 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

      What makes you think this team is more talented than the rest of the SEC? We have never been better than 12th in the SEC in recruiting. You listen to KSR, thinking we are pulling in the best talent around. Meanwhile the rest of the SEC is still stomping us in recruiting rankings.

    • #[email protected]
      9:53 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

      Oh now THIS is funny! Talk about a delusional disconnect from reality! “Best offense in the sec”??? lmao

  8. joe
    12:08 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

    It’s writers like you that have caused Kentucky football to be where it’s at for decades and decades. You influence UK fans into thinking that we should be okay with 6 or 7 wins and a Music City Bowl. You shoot down high expectations. Even if the results from the previous year aren’t there, a team’s goal should always be Atlanta, and with as close as this team was to a 7 win season last year (and this year’s team being significantly better according to Stoops) this team can absolutely win the East..especially when you consider that we have maybe the best QB in the entire conference leading one of the best offenses in the SEC and a defense that Stoops has been putting in a lot of individual work and says is better.

  9. football school
    12:18 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

    10-2 and New Year’s Day! That’s my goal every year! Go Cats!!!!!

    • Dude
      12:22 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

      Optimistic. I like it.

  10. bluegrassstu
    8:02 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

    I hate the Volunteers, no way the cats beat them. In fact i think the Volunteers win the East.

  11. #[email protected]
    9:26 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

    And you all like to claim you have a clean program where the players are not on drugs. Towels is obviously on some kind of hallucinogen lmao

    • BluKudzu
      10:08 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

      Well PT might be dreaming, we do know he has not been kicked out of another schools program for getting his jollies beating up women.
      Just sayin’.
      little brother, you embarrass Kentucky. You will always be second class.

    • #[email protected]
      10:52 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah right chief. You’re on top of it! lmao

      “You’d think Kentucky would be better at football with this arrest rate”. – Fox Sports

      Teams with best win/arrest ratio? #4 Louisville 46 wins 7 arrests

    • Ashamed of little brother
      3:33 pm August 22, 2015 Permalink

      And little brother is? Misogynist coaches, big tough guys that beat defenseless women to a bloody pulp. Yeah, you have the program that oozes slime. little brother embarrasses the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
      You will never be anything but the punch line, to all lewd jokes, little brother.

    • #[email protected]
      7:41 pm August 22, 2015 Permalink

      Your brilliant comeback shows me that you are an individual of extremely high intellectual capacity lmao

  12. UK Freshmen
    9:42 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

    Nobody likes an over rated jagbag, speaking jibberish. Get ready for your a**kicking.

  13. dshwildcats
    10:47 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

    Let’s not put the cart ahead of the horse! While I do think we will be improved this year on both sides of the ball, it’s way too early to start predicting a trip to Atlanta! Let’s see how we fare after the first three weeks. If we are sitting at 3-0 after a trip to Columbia, and a visit from the Gators, then maybe we can start looking ahead just a bit. I still think UGA is the team to beat in the East this year; but, as it has already been mentioned, their schedule isn’t the easiest with a visit from Bama, and a trip to Auburn.

    Wow, SCORP!! Exactly two weeks from today, your Cards will play in their biggest season opener ever, and you’re worried about what the Cats may or may not do this season! Lol!! According to what I’ve heard from you in the past 7 or 8 years, a program like Louisville’s should be able to stick in a freshmen, walk-on QB and beat a program like Kentucky with no problem. I mean, you guys are one of the “elite” programs in college football! If Kentucky doesn’t drop a sure INT late in the game, they most likely beat your mighty Cards in PJCS, in just Stoops second year of cleaning up the mess left by his predecessor. Already looking forward to a visit from the “The ‘Ville” on that last weekend in November!!

    And, do you really want to point fingers at other programs when Bobby Petrino is your coach, and your roster is littered with players that have been shown the door by other programs (i.e. Devonte Fields, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Malin Jones, etc.)??

    • scorpiocard
      11:43 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

      So you are looking forward to the CARDS visit to Lexington huh dsh?

      So you must be hoping for…
      A blocked punt for a chip shot field goal, since your O could not move the ball (only block I remember all season) Result: 3 points
      A pick 6 (only one I remember all season) Result: 7 points
      A misread of the D and QB fumble recovered for a TD (only one I remember all season) Result: 7 points
      Our best RB laying the ball on the ground inside the 10 late in the game (only time I remember all season) Result: 7 points

      I guess if you get another whacky game like that with uk getting those kinds of breaks for 24 point you MIGHT keep it within 4 points again.

      I wouldn’t count on it though.

    • scorpiocard
      11:51 am August 22, 2015 Permalink

      And yes I am looking forward to our trip to Atlanta. We actually are going to Atlanta for a big match up against a legitimate sec team, in a prestigious kickoff classic. We can say we are going to Atlanta and not have people considering calling the guys in the white coats to come pick us up. I am going to the game as I am sure you could have guessed.

      …but I always make some time to drop by ksr for a little comic relief. When your team is invited to play in real big time big boy football showcase games its fun, but its not funny like uk football and their fans are.

  14. douchewildcats
    12:23 pm August 22, 2015 Permalink

    Only thing more boring than watching UK football is reading comments on KSR. It is, as one astute poster noted, a great comedy relief!!

  15. dshwildcats
    7:31 pm August 22, 2015 Permalink

    You’re starting to sound like a Cardinal Basketball fan, SCORP! Lol!! If the refs didn’t screw us in Indy against Kentucky, we would’ve won the NC two years ago! If Cal didn’t cheat so much, Rick would’ve won more than ONE game against Kentucky since Cal came to Lexington! If we didn’t sell our tickets to Kentucky fans, the Yum Center wouldn’t have so much blue in it every other year when the two teams play! Blah, blah, blah!! Everything you mentioned from last November’s game is a part of football, whether it happens once a season, or a 100 times in a season! I love how you act like Kentucky had nothing to do with Louisville’s struggles that afternoon. I’m sure it’s just because the Cards weren’t motivated to play; or, just didn’t care about a clash with their in-state rival! Couldn’t have possibly been anything that Kentucky did! Typical Card fan logic! And yes, I’m looking forward to the visit from Louisville that last weekend in November! I have a feeling that Card fans like yourself will come in to that game about as cocky as you did in the 2007 matchup. You remember that season, don’t you? You guys were going to compete for the National Championship that year!

    So now the SEC has legitimate teams because they are playing the Cards?? Just a few years back, Card fans were telling us that the SEC powers were “ducking” them. They were afraid to play the Cards! Now, you’re playing two SEC powers in 4 years. My, how times have changed!

    Have a good time in Atlanta! Maybe the outcome will be a little different than Louisville’s trip to Charlotte last December. The Cards get drummed 37-14, and you claim that Louisville just couldn’t “keep up” with the Dawgs in scoring! Really?? You make it sound like the Cards lost some 56-42 shootout! Lol!!!

    • scorpiocard
      7:50 pm August 22, 2015 Permalink

      Those things may happen in football, but a blocked punt (poor blocking technique, look at the play), a Pick 6, a QB fumble for a TD, and a RB fumble deep in our own territory RAREY happen in one game.

      Go ahead and t your eggs in that basket.

      And no, I meant legitimate sec team as opposed to uk which is an sec pretender! LOL!!!

    • dshwildcats
      7:53 pm August 22, 2015 Permalink

      And another thing you said SCORP, ” If Kentucky doesn’t drop a sure INT late in the game, they most likely beat your mighty Cards in PJCS”…

      …oh wait a minute. That was an excuse I made. Oh well…it doesn’t count when I do it! LOL

  16. dshwildcats
    8:27 pm August 22, 2015 Permalink

    And another thing Mr. Scorp, you sir are an a$$ and one of the stewpitist muther fuc/ers I’ve ever encountered on message boards. Guess you enjoy following me everywhere I go – butt sniffer.

  17. dshwildcats
    8:36 pm August 22, 2015 Permalink

    It’s funny how Card fans like to point out Kentucky’s struggles in the SEC in football, while acting as if their own program would’ve done so much better over the past 50 or 60 years. I guess the funny thing is that, most Card fans don’t even know about their own program’s ineptitude against SEC opponents not named Kentucky. In it’s history, Louisville has exactly 4 wins over SEC teams not named Kentucky. Two of those 4 wins were actually losses on the field to Mississippi State. State would later have to forfeit those two games. So, that leaves a 1990 Fiesta Bowl win over a 7-4 Alabama team; and, Louisville’s 2013 Sugar Bowl win against Florida. That’s it! TWO wins, on the field, against SEC opponents not named Kentucky! But, Louisville would’ve done so much better than Kentucky in the SEC the last 50-60 years?? Right!!

    • scorpiocard
      9:08 pm August 22, 2015 Permalink

      What exactly does “acting as if their own program would’ve done so much better over the past 50 or 60 years” look like anyway? Does it look anything like Shakespeare? Or is it more like Arthur Miller? Or maybe Tennessee Williams?

      Funny thing is, you are arguing against something only you made up. Its ridiculous. You are comparing apples to oranges. U of L was a small private school, not a land grant state university and charter member of the sec. There is no comparing the two history wise. Its ludicrous to do so.

      uk’s ineptitude is comical and stands on its own independent of anything U of L has or has not done.

      Examples: Better teams to compare uk to are Vandy, Georgia Tech, and Tulane. Vandy has more total sec wins than uk, and is virtually tied in the head to head series. Both Georgia Tech and Tulane, who have not been in the league in decades, have more sec championships than uk!!! LMAO!!!

      An example?

  18. scorpiocard
    9:17 pm August 22, 2015 Permalink

    So if you look at uk’s performance compared to every other school who has been in the league they are pathetic compared to every other team, except Vandy who they are neck and neck with. So even if you want to speculate if U of L was in the sec all along, and had similar resources to uk back then (both not a reality), it would be a pretty safe bet that U of L would have done better. Every other school has!!! LMAO!!!

  19. douchewildcats
    9:27 pm August 22, 2015 Permalink

    This here scorpiocard feller makes a lot a sense. Bet he’s one a them UK grads, huh?

  20. dshwildcats
    10:08 pm August 22, 2015 Permalink

    I lived in Louisville until 1998, and listened to Cardinal fans like yourself carry on ad nauseam about what a great football program Louisville had. Whatever Howard was smoking in that pipe made it’s way throughout the Louisville fan base! Lol!! BTW, this year is the 30th anniversary of Howard’s famous proclamation, “We’re on a collision course with the National Championship, and the only variable is time!” So, exactly can we expect that National Championship?? I’m 50, and may only have a few years left! Lol!!

    I am well aware of Kentucky’s history in football. And, unlike the average “Johnny come lately” Louisville Football fan, I am well aware of Louisville’s history as well. Louisville has two advantages over Kentucky in football. First, their administration committed financial resources to their program before Kentucky’s administration got wise and did the same. Secondly, Louisville had the advantage of building their program as an Independent, where they could “hand pick” their schedule; and, as a member of conferences like C-USA and the Big East. A lot easier to build your program against the likes of Army, UAB, Memphis, Houston, Rutgers, UConn, etc., than it is against the competition in the SEC.

    Your whole “small, private school” argument doesn’t hold water, and here’s why. Plenty of Cardinal fans told me (remember, I lived in Louisville) after Louisville’s Fiesta Bowl victory over Bama that Louisville Football had arrived!! But, look at Louisville’s record against some “big time” programs after that Fiesta Bowl win over Bama. They would go on to play Ohio State, Tennessee, Penn State, Texas, Texas A&M, Florida, Florida State, West Virginia, Miami, etc., etc. How well did they fare against all of those schools? Not very well! Was that because they had been a small, private school until the early 70s? Or, was it because they were not as good as their fans thought, and not as good as Howard told them they were

    As far head-to-head match-ups, I can pick ones that make Kentucky look much better than Louisville. West Virginia owns Louisville in the all-time series between the two schools. But, Kentucky comfortably leads the all-time series with West Virginia. Cincinnati has the advantage in head-to-head meetings with the Cards. Yet, Kentucky has dominated the series with the Bearcats. Wow, see how that works?? Lol!!! Nice try though, SCORP!

    • scorpiocard
      11:47 pm August 22, 2015 Permalink

      Oh brother…another dsh bent history essay. LMAO!

      Even if you write 1000 words it will not change the fact that against their peers uk historically sucks. Its only harder to build your program against your peers if you suck and they don’t. What is so hard to understand about that.

      U of L was not a peer of uk back then. If you really want to compare them to U of L, historically what U of has done is out performed their peer and climbed the latter, because they were not operating at the top. But uk has U of L’s cleat marks right up their back to the Sugar Bowl win over Florida. You can write a 10,000 word novel and it will not take away the fun I am having going to all these great games.

      Is it true what I heard about when they torn down part of old Cardinal Stadium you were out there doing a archeological dig to discover historical evidence that Louisville is NOT a football power? LMAO!!!

      See you in Atlanta…or not 🙂

    • scorpiocard
      11:49 pm August 22, 2015 Permalink

      Oops..U of L has out performed their peers and climbed the LADDER. typo

  21. dshwildcats
    10:13 pm August 22, 2015 Permalink

    Dat dem der SCORP feller thinks him the only dat no bout college football!! Lol!!!!!

  22. dshwildcats
    3:24 pm August 23, 2015 Permalink

    You’re right, SCORP!! Louisville has truly outperformed its “peers” in the college football world. I mean, an all-time winning % of .522. 19 bowl appearances all-time, with a .500 winning % in those bowl games. Zero National Championships! Yeah, programs like Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan, USC, Texas, ND, etc., definitely need to stand up and take notice of the Cardinals’ dominance of college football! Lol!! You should consider doing stand-up comedy!

    It actually would’ve been quite fitting for me to be there when they tore down old Cardinal Stadium. I mean, I was watching Louisville Football in that Triple A baseball stadium before most so called Cardinal fans realized that Louisville even had a football program.

    Hey, have fun in Atlanta! The Cardinal fans that make the trip can stand in the beer lines; wander around the concourses socializing; and, maybe even catch a quarter or two of the football game. Kind of like they do at PJCS! For a day, the Georgia Dome can be the “Pizza Palace” South!! Lol!!! Hopefully your college football “peer”, Auburn, will go easier on the Cards than UGA did last December!