Alright Big Blue Nation, Mark Stoops was just granted a contract extension, and the talent pool heading towards the Bluegrass is about as high as it has ever been. Recruiting has been top notch, but we have yet to see the results on the fans that we are so anxiously awaiting. As a whole we seem to all be in it for the long haul, accepting the process…because building a college football program from the ground up, especially in the SEC, isn’t easy. This realistic acceptance of the truth is good and all, but it doesn’t mean we can’t have hope right? Many hope this year is the first year Cats fans will begin to see the fruits of Stoops and Co.’s labor off the field translate off the field, at least a little bit.
What are your personal (maybe realistic, maybe not) goals for this upcoming season of Kentucky Football? Here are a few of mine…
–Win an SEC game. Without a doubt this is my primary goal for this season. If the Cats want to be competitive in the league, they have to win in the league. It’s been a LONG two whole seasons since Kentucky has picked up a conference win, and Stoops desperately needs one for both his and his team’s confidence. I’ll take anyone…Vandy, Mississippi State, Tennessee….ANYONE PLEASE.
–Beat Louisville. Louisville has won three in a row in the Cats, vastly outplaying Kentucky in every position on the field lately. The Cats are starting to bridge the gap in talent between them and the dirty birds, so expect a much more competitive game this season. Even more reason to beat UofL? It is now the last game of the season, and what better way to wrap things up with a win against your biggest rival?
–A sell-out in the new CWS. The Cats almost had themselves a few sellouts last season, which is an impressive feat considering the eventual 2-10 record, but this year they need to go all the way. With Commonwealth Stadium undergoing renovations this whole summer, what better way to welcome in the new building with a full, packed house. I can see the Instagram pictures now…
–One starting QB plays the entire season. The past few seasons, Kentucky has been trying to fit a square peg into a round hole in regards to the quarterback position. Time and time again, we see the best college football programs have one go-to, reliable quarterback, and that’s what Kentucky needs this season. Whether it be Patrick Towles, Reese Phillips or Drew Barker, we need solid production from the offensive leader of the team.
–Better music/environment. Sad to say but this is probably the least likely goal to actually come true on this list. Watching other college football games at other schools, I am constantly impressed with the music choices, band and cool/fun aspects of their gameday environments that have become tradition on their respective campuses. I don’t want to hear anymore lame, tween music at CWS. Part of building a raucous crowd involves keep all of their senses in tune with the atmosphere. Please keep my ears happy CWS, I beg of you.