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I’m way too confident about tomorrow’s game

You know the feeling when you’re so confident that you begin to worry because you shouldn’t be so confident? That’s me right now. I think Kentucky bludgeons Vanderbilt tomorrow to officially earn bowl eligibility and take one more step forward toward SEC East glory. I know Matt said on the show today he’ll be surprised if it’s not close in the second half, but I’ll be shocked if it is. I have the Cats winning, 34-6.

The reason behind my optimism is Vanderbilt can’t stop the run and Kentucky can run, run, run. Derek Mason knows his team’s weakness plays right into the Cats’ hands, too. Earlier this week he said, “Everything starts with stopping the run. We have had a hard time with that… if we allow this team to run on us, they will bleed the clock on us.”

And bleed the clock, they will. Kentucky has its starting center and left tackle back from injury, and everyone in home team blue will have fresh legs after the bye week. Throw in the fact Benny Snell has some ground to make up after a quiet game at Texas A&M and I think it’s going to be a very long day for the Vanderbilt defense, which ranks 95th in America in stopping the run. It’s also a defense that is exhausted after consecutive games against Georgia and Florida the last two weeks; the Dawgs and Gators combined for 1,136 total yards in those two contests.

Defensively, Kentucky’s will be the best Vanderbilt has seen all season, and again, they’re well-rested. Kentucky has only allowed 14 points per game and Vanderbilt’s offense isn’t anything special to give us a reason to think they’ll put up points. With the exception of one wide receiver (Lipscomb), a reliable tight end (Pinkney) and one running back (Vaughn) that can occasionally break off a big play, there isn’t much happening. Kyle Shurmur isn’t any better in his 11th season than he was in his first.

So outside of Kentucky beating Kentucky (which could happen, I guess), I don’t see any reason to think Vanderbilt will be in this game. If the Cats can avoid a sluggish, post-bye week start, they’ll be fine.

Tell me I’m wrong.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

22 Comments for I’m way too confident about tomorrow’s game

  1. Bobbum Man
    4:58 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

    For a minute I was wondering why Norm Macdonald was wearing a Snell Yeah hoodie

  2. RondoTheDonThough
    5:23 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

    Ryan L. didn’t do the pep-talk today. Gentlemen, take a knee…

  3. Irish son
    5:26 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

    I just want a win. Don’t care if it’s by one or twenty

  4. omegagavin
    6:37 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

    If we lose it’s on you.

  5. Bluegrass Bill
    6:56 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

    I’m with you Drew. Makes me nervous.

    • ScoggDog
      6:22 am October 20, 2018 Permalink

      I’m with you and everyone else with that sentiment.

      Kentucky Football has clouded me with a negativity … thirty years of watching will do that to you I guess. This team just feels different – and that different feeling makes me nervous as well.

      Vandy’s not a bad team – they play hard – and just a ten point win that doesn’t come down to the final play would be awfully nice.

  6. Larkin123
    7:34 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

    Central Michigan

  7. BlueIZCool
    9:59 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

    Cats are gonna kill’em. Kash will eat somebody tomorrow.

  8. DelrayCat
    5:28 am October 20, 2018 Permalink

    Bet we barely cover the spread. Vandy always plays us tough. 27-21 Cats. A win is a win.

  9. Headhurts
    5:38 am October 20, 2018 Permalink

    Spreads 11.5 so 6 pt win won’t cover but agree Vandy usually plays hard.

  10. henderblue
    8:51 am October 20, 2018 Permalink

    All good points Drew, especially the fact that we have fresh legs and they have had two really tough games the last two weeks. They will wear down. Cats by 21 biguns

  11. Ridge Runner
    8:59 am October 20, 2018 Permalink

    Drew, no I cannot say you are wrong.

  12. BlooBloodRon
    9:21 am October 20, 2018 Permalink

    Cats 41-9

  13. gasman01
    10:20 am October 20, 2018 Permalink

    Cats will win but probably won’t cover the spread. Vandy will put everyone in the box. They won’t allow us to run at will and force us to pass at some point. WE CANT PASS THE BALL. Make it 24-14 Cats.

  14. Shidler8684
    10:54 am October 20, 2018 Permalink

    As a UK Football fan, I’m never comfortable or confident.

  15. kuhlkat
    12:00 pm October 20, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t agree that Vandy will be exhausted.
    There is a week between games and 18-22 year old kids won’t be exhausted. My prediction is 28 -10 Cayts!

  16. michaelb
    12:11 pm October 20, 2018 Permalink

    We can’t pass so I’m going 20-3 cats

  17. addyjaxlarkin
    5:48 pm October 20, 2018 Permalink

    Great piece here Drew ???? always posting the most amazingly interesting stuff. Keep it up….Simply embarrassing