The SEC Network gave Kentucky football fans quite a halftime treat. In the middle of the Wildcats’ opening basketball game in the Bahamas, Chris Doering and Peter Burns picked Mark Stoops’ squad to win eight games in 2018.
The former Florida wide receiver who broke the hearts of the Big Blue Nation in 1993 didn’t pick UK to beat the Gators, but believes the Wildcats will handle their other two rivals, Tennessee and Louisville. Burns was feeling even froggier. The SEC Network host was prepared to pick UK to win on the road in Gainesville and in College Station to finish with ten wins.
A pessimist would say the SEC Network is pandering to the Kentucky audience. That may be true, but I genuinely believe Peter Burns drank the Kool-Aid I almost chugged after watching UK’s open practice.
If you take the logos off the helmets and watch this team practice, predicting an eight-win season is an appropriate reaction, not an exaggeration. This team has the size, skill and depth to dominate SEC opponents.
Unfortunately, I can’t remove the logos. Burns might be able to easily forget Kentucky’s past, but I cannot. I’ve predicted Kentucky to beat Florida before, and have always been wrong. Even though my head knows the Cats are good enough to have the best regular season record in more than 30 years, my heart is not yet ready to go down the road again.