As we count down the hours until kickoff (only 50 to go), more and more experts are jumping on the Kentucky bandwagon. This morning, ESPN’s Harry Lyles picked Kentucky over Auburn as his upset of the week, citing the Cats’ experience and Bo Nix’s inconsistency.
“In a season that has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in so many ways, and with Kentucky having one of its most talented teams to open up a season in years, I’m going to roll the dice on an upset at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Bo Nix had a typical freshman season of ups and downs for Auburn last year, and I’m going to bank on him starting the season slow — while hoping Kentucky inches closer toward being a football school (kidding about the football school part).”
The SEC Network’s Matt Stinchcomb is also going with the Cats on the Plains.
“I’m putting Auburn on upset alert and I’m saying Kentucky vs. Auburn in the opener and I like the Wildcats over the Tigers. I think that is the game to point to…Kentucky and the momentum they’ve been able to develop year over year and the fact that they return so much of their team intact. They overachieved defensively a season ago. They get Terry Wilson back this year. He’s thought to be much improved at quarterback and they certainly developed an identity around that running game. They’ve done it ever since Benny Snell, they pivoted to a quarterback-centric run game a season ago, and now they can introduce more of a passing element. I think the Wildcats are going to be really dangerous this year.”
I’m happy the program is finally getting some respect, but all of this attention is kind of making me nervous. Go back to sleeping on us. We need to keep that chip on our shoulder sharp.