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?