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.