Look, 9-3 is an impressive record for UK, I understand that. But I can’t help but wonder what could have been if the Cats hadn’t dropped an inexplicable 24-7 loss to UT. Especially now that we know that Tennessee won’t even get the chance to go bowling after a 38-13 loss to Vanderbilt.
First off, congrats to Derek Mason for at least making Vanderbilt a legitimate threat in the SEC. The Commodores challenged Notre Dame early in the season, nearly took down Florida, and were a serious thorn in the side of several SEC teams during the regular season. Vandy was and continues to be exactly what most people expect them to be; a pesky team determined to screw up the grand plans of every one of their division rivals.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Pruitt’s Tennessee squad was precisely what you would expect from a bottom-tier rebuilding team. We, the University of Kentucky, were somehow the best win UT could muster all season long. The Volunteers next best W was a single touchdown win over unranked Auburn. I’ll take this stat as a legitimate compliment.
After an absolutely dominant win over Louisville, UK is headed to perhaps its highest rated bowl game in decades, while Tennessee is wondering what steps it should take next to revive its program. Ah, how the tables have turned. Turns out Mark Stoops was actually a pretty solid hire as compared to UT hiring the flash-in-the-pan that was Butch Jones.
It’s nearly 2AM as I write this, and it is hard to comprehend the entirety of the results from Rivalry Weekend, from UK’s absolute drubbing of the Cardinals to Texas A&M’s historic upset of number 7 LSU. But one thing is for certain: waiting for UK’s upward trend ever since Mark Stoops was hired was well worth the early losses. Meanwhile, Tennessee fans are probably wallowing in their sorrow, wondering what they did to deserve the current curse that is conceding bowl eligibility to Vanderbilt.
BBN > Vol Nation, am I right?