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History 101: Eastern Kentucky Colonels

While we all continue to point and laugh at the Louisville Cardinals I guess we can still take a break to learn about Kentucky’s football opponent tomorrow. We know more about the Colonels than probably ever before thanks to the off-season brawl between the two teams but there is still plenty to learn about our neighbor just don’t I-75. The two teams will be meeting for the fourth time in the modern era. Here’s how the games have played out.

Kentucky Vs EKU History

A pretty awesome omen is that every time Kentucky has played against EKU they have also gone on to play in a bowl game. Here’s how the games have gone along with Kentucky’s final record.

2009 — 37-12 loss at Kentucky

(Regular Season Record: 7-5)

2007 — 50-10 loss at Kentucky

(Regular Season Record: 7-5)

1998 — 52-7 loss at Kentucky

(Regular Season Record: 7-5)

That’s a margin of 139-29 in favor of the Cats. Kentucky’s team tomorrow is on a trajectory similar to those teams of ’98 and ’07, which are considered to be two of Kentucky’s best ever. By that token a 40+ point win would not be out of the question. However, this is a different EKU team as well with plenty of high profile transfers on the roster with the ability to keep the game a bit more respectable. For the Cats the key to a blowout could be the play of the second string who should see plenty of minutes.

There is also the 7-5 factor in play for the rest of this season. Every year that we’ve played EKU, Kentucky has gone on to go 7-5. With win 4 likely coming tomorrow and games against Charlotte, Vandy, and Louisville remaining perhaps we will see history repeating once we reach the end of November.

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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5 Comments for History 101: Eastern Kentucky Colonels



  1. Don't Forget 1984
    9:59 pm October 2, 2015 Permalink

    1984 Team had 8 wins. The 84 team beat UT. 98 and 07 teams did not.



  2. bbn4LIFE
    11:59 pm October 2, 2015 Permalink

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha lousiville



  3. Tom Seaver
    12:29 am October 3, 2015 Permalink

    Two 7-5 teams are the “…considered to be two of Kentucky’s best ever.”? Damn, dude. You should consider that the world has history that occurred before you were born. For instance, the 1984 team went 9-3 and beat Tennessee, which had Reggie White, some guy who ended up in the College Football HOF and the Pro Football HOF. Or the 1976 and 1977 teams that went a combined 18-5 with wins over six ranked teams, including Penn State in Happy Valley, and consecutive wins over Tennessee, a combined 10-2 in the SEC, and a bowl win. Or the 1949,1950, and 1951 teams that went a combined 28-9, 12-5 in the SEC, wins over five ranked teams, and bowl wins in the Sugar (a win over #1 ranked Oklahoma) and a win in the Cotton Bowl. Oh, the coach? Some guy by the name of Bryant. Perhaps changing that sentence to “…considered to be two of Kentucky’s best ever since 1997 by a committee of me and myself.” would make it more accurate? Just a thought.



    • Andrew Cassady
      5:18 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      You named six teams: 84,’76,’77, ’49, ’50, ’51. Kentucky has been playing football since the 1800s. I think that the 07 and 98 teams are definitely two of the best ever, especially since its much harder to win now than it was back then.



  4. Roofus Howls
    6:21 am October 3, 2015 Permalink

    Let’s not give up on Auburn, Mississippi State, or UT (if we’re down by 10 or less going into the 4th quarter the game will be ours).