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One Painfully Enlightening Kentucky Football Bye Week Hypothetical

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After six weeks of SEC football, Mark Stoops’ Kentucky football team has a 2-4 record. The offense is sputtering. There’s a quarterback competition of sorts. Even with a get-right game against Vanderbilt waiting, road trips to Florida and Alabama loom large at the end of the schedule. Good luck finding good vibes around the BBN.

Before the coronavirus plague, Kentucky football fans envisioned a date with destiny in Atlanta. When the schedule was reformatted to feature only ten SEC games, we still talked ourselves into six and seven-win seasons. Now it’ll be a blessing if Kentucky can finish .500.

The possibility of having a 4-6 or 3-7 team stinks. It’s not fun to think about at all. It’s more painful to think about what could have been if coronavirus did not derail Kentucky’s 12-game schedule.

If Kentucky played its original schedule, the Wildcats would be at worst a 7-5 football team.

In any given year, SEC victories over Tennessee and Mississippi State typically mean you’re going to a bowl game. You can use a Sharpie to count wins against an FCS opponent and two MAC schools. A win over Vanderbilt would bring your win total to six. That leaves dates with South Carolina and Louisville to determine if this team is a seven or eight-win football team. Not only do those numbers feel better, nothing can change the outlook on a season quite like grounding and pounding your rival into submission to end the season.

“It’s never as bad as it seems and it’s never as good as it seems.”

As bad as this Kentucky football team feels right now, they are not so different than every other six and seven-win Kentucky football team we’ve enjoyed watching over the last 15 years. The only difference is that a ten-game All-SEC schedule is unforgiving. Playing Central Michigan isn’t as exciting as taking on West Virginia at a neutral site to open the season, but I think right now most UK fans would trade a road trip to Auburn for an easy win at Kroger Field.

Expectations vary wildly across the spectrum of fans in the Big Blue Nation, even more so in such a bizarre college football season. One thing almost everyone agrees on is that 7-5 is the floor. That low bar would have easily been met in a normal season, but like everything else in 2020, we are now dealing with a new normal, one that kind of stinks.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

15 Comments for One Painfully Enlightening Kentucky Football Bye Week Hypothetical

  1. Shredder
    5:16 pm November 2, 2020 Permalink

    You play the schedule you have, so these hypotheticals are pointless. You can’t say a 3-win season is the equivalent to a 7-win season. If we only played Vandy 12 times in a year, we MIGHT be undefeated…doesn’t work like that. A 3-win season is bad any way you look at it. When you had the experience Kentucky returned, 3 or 4 wins is disappointing any way you slice it. I hope it doesn’t affect recruiting, but that makes it really tough, particularly the style of play they have on offense.

    • WKY Cat
      6:03 pm November 2, 2020 Permalink

      It’s Nick dude. He still thinks Wilson should be the starter. Lol!!

  2. U22JBK
    5:22 pm November 2, 2020 Permalink

    Who in their right mind, when the schedule was revised to ten SEC games, talked themselves into six or seven wins? They need to get psychologically evaluated.

  3. FatDaddyCat
    5:34 pm November 2, 2020 Permalink

    Is this all we should ever hope for as UK football fans? 4 wins against JUCO programs and sneak a couple in the SEC and go to the Music City Bowl every year? That’s bull and that ain’t what these coaches have been spouting all offseasons every time they had a mic in their vicinity. So, now that we find out that we can’t play with the big boys week in week out, we should fondly wist away for what could have been? Mediocrity at best from a HC making big boy money doesn’t cut it. Sad commentary on a sad, up to this point, season. Football fans of this state deserve better.

    • GoCatz
      5:45 pm November 2, 2020 Permalink

      Well stated!!

    • Hi Im Reality
      8:17 pm November 2, 2020 Permalink

      You can’t finish around 10th, out of 14 SEC teams, in recruiting, every year and expect to be better than that when the season comes. This is it, it doesn’t get much better.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:11 pm November 2, 2020 Permalink

      That is VERY well said, FatDaddy. I was really hoping we had moved beyond only beating the glorified D2 teams and Vandy, yet here we are. I felt sad looking at the standings and we are only ahead of…Vandy. How many years past is that exactly where we finished? Too many. Same song 500th verse.

      Oh well, maybe we’ll inch back up some the next couple years.

    • runningunnin.454
      7:51 am November 3, 2020 Permalink

      To be fair, we don’t go to the Music City Bowl every year. We beat Penn State in the Citrus Bowl, and Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl.

  4. bramstoker
    5:38 pm November 2, 2020 Permalink

    Which young players have performed well? How are individual units playing in comparison to expectations and considering the level of competition?

    Those are questions I’m interested in reading about.i find this season to be especially entertaining even if 3 or 4 wins is reality.

  5. BowdenQB4ever
    5:47 pm November 2, 2020 Permalink

    Nick the KSR staff were the only ones who talked themselves into 6 or 7 wins. It was sad and irresponsible, but you guys did it anyway and tried to sell the fan base. It’s funny, you never seem to take the “never as good or bad as it seems” attitude when it’s time to declare a 3* with an offer from Toledo a Yahtzee or celebrate a win over little sisters of the poor.

    • BigBluSoTru
      7:16 pm November 2, 2020 Permalink

      Nick stop the Bullshit KSR and Gettlefinger hyped this team up to go to Atlanta .Big mouth Marrow havent heard anything from him since he was at KSR bar after the program changing win in Knxville (acccording to KSR and some certain walking threw the door poster )

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:34 pm November 2, 2020 Permalink

      lol @BigBluSoLies. I know you’re a troll, but some here don’t. Just so they know, I never said any of that…except maybe with the word “hope” stuck in there.

      Nice try though. 😉

  6. bigblue98
    7:06 pm November 2, 2020 Permalink

    Using the excuse of a 10 game SEC schedule is BS. They’re 2-4 and have only played one of the three toughest games on their schedule. This isn’t like any other Kentucky team – this offense with the exception of CRod and the o-line is horrible. The stats don’t lie.

  7. Thedem
    8:06 pm November 2, 2020 Permalink

    I can see where the author is going here. Its not only the 3-4 extra wins, but those first two mid-major games give us a chance to get our sea legs under us so to speak. I don’t think our fan base thinks we can play consistently with the SEC blue bloods as our program currently exists. To make that step, we need a game-changing QB. Haven’t had that since maybe Woodson, but even he didn’t go pro.

    I liked the article, but definately don’t want to make excuses for a very disappointing season so far.

  8. bbn606
    10:17 am November 3, 2020 Permalink

    The bye week came at a good time as far as trying to improve the passing game but under no circumstances would we ever schedule one before we play Vandy.