Before College Gameday season gets rolling, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit is spending a lot of time talking about the Kentucky Wildcats. After naming the Cats as one of his five surprise bowl teams, he told SEC Country the Cats’ most important game of the season is the first.
“I look at their schedule and if there’s a game that’s going to decide if they go to a bowl game or not, I hate to say it’s the opener, but I think it is. If they beat Southern Miss I think that schedule all of a sudden looks a lot more attainable, and a bowl becomes more attainable than if they were to lose that game and go to The Swamp in Week 2. I think they need to get off to a good start and hope for the best, but I think you’ll see improvement this year for sure.”
He also shared some concerns about Kentucky’s defensive front seven, but said offensively “there’s a lot to be excited about.”
Hear more of his thoughts on Mark Stoops and the 2016 Cats here.