For most of the past decade, the main goal of UK Football has been to make a bowl game. It took Mark Stoops four years to achieve the goal and for the first time in awhile, it leaves us asking the question on whether fans can realistically change their end goal. For years, fans have been ecstatic when the team finally reaches the six win plateau and of course this past season was no different.
While the trip to Jacksonville didn’t end the way most fans had hoped, it was still the end of an era and the start of a new one. It was the end of accepting a trip to Birmingham for a bowl game, Mark Stoops showed what this team can do and now fans are readier than ever.
Can this team win the SEC Championship this year? Maybe not, but they could sure make some noise in the SEC. It does lead me to ask this question, am I insane? Is a bowl game still enough for you? Or did last season give you a new definition of what success could be this year?
Here are five things I want to check off the list to let me call this coming season a success:
Winning Game One
While this might sound like a very basic answer, I think that getting off to a good start this season is more important than ever. The Cats cannot afford a slip up in week one, even if that means escaping with a three point win. On paper, Kentucky is much better than Southern Miss and while they shouldn’t play with the mentality that they are better, it is something that needs to be preached. A big win is a key week one.
Do I really need to say anything else? It has been too long. There really isn’t anything else to say.
Win Eight Games
It has been 10 years since the Cats have been able to pull this off and I think that this season is their best shot yet. If you look at the schedule below, unlike most years, there isn’t a game that you can immediately rack up a loss. Does this mean I am saying that they can go undefeated? No, but eight wins is more than possible.
This isn’t necessarily a key for this season to be called a success for me, but wouldn’t it be fun?
Go to another Good Bowl Game
This should be a given goal for Mark Stoops and company. A bowl, like the Tax Slayer Bowl, should be a goal every season, but soon enough we could start looking at other top-tier bowl games. A trip back to Jacksonville or to Nashville for the Music City Bowl would bode well for me.
So there you have it, there are the five keys to a successful season for me. Go ahead and let me know how wrong I am in the comments section below or on Twitter @GormleyKSR. In the meantime, I will leave you with a simple question, how many WINS does Kentucky need for you to consider this season a success?
How many wins does UK Football need this year for you to classify this season as a success?
– Sam Gormley (@GormleyKSR) July 30, 2017