There’s no sugar-coating it; last night as painful. Losses are hard, but they’re especially bad when a team has beaten you 28 straight times prior. Even worse, Kentucky was in one of its best positions to down the Gators in a long time — the fanbase was hyped, Florida is relatively weak, and UK had quality motivation after its overtime loss last season.
However, all of that’s over and the only direction to look is forward. The reality of the situation is that Kentucky is still in a very good position to get six wins and make their first bowl game since 2010. As a reminder, here are the remaining games on Kentucky’s schedule and their chances to win them:
Likely wins: Eastern Kentucky, @Vanderbilt, Charlotte
The Cats still have to play two scrubs and a Vanderbilt team that doesn’t appear to be any better than last season. These wins alone should get Kentucky to five — meaning they only have to steal one of the remaining six to go bowling.
Likely losses: @Mississippi State, @ Georgia
Not to say that the Cats stand no chance of pulling one or two of these out, but the odds are slim. Assuming that UK loses both of these, they’re left with:
Toss-ups: Missouri, Auburn, Tennessee, Louisville
Kentucky has four winnable home games remaining on the schedule. Louisville is 0-3, and Missouri and Auburn both look to be worse than we originally thought. Tennessee may prove to be a bit tougher, but a win at home wouldn’t be hard to fathom. UK only needs to pull out one of these to go bowling — a feat that (knock on wood) doesn’t seem hard, if not likely.
Despite the disappointing loss last night, the win at South Carolina still leaves Kentucky in a very good position going forward.
Now let’s buckle-down and beat Missouri.