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SEC Network Predicts an Eight-Win Season for Kentucky Football

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.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

23 Comments for SEC Network Predicts an Eight-Win Season for Kentucky Football

    11:11 am August 9, 2018 Permalink

    I would love an 8 win season, but it isn’t going to happen this year. There is no doubt that we have the talent on the field to win 8-games, however ESPN seems to overlook our coaches choking ability.

  2. ArmyCatFan
    11:22 am August 9, 2018 Permalink

    Do you have a link you can post into the article so we can go watch him talk about it? Was at work and did not get to hear/see it

  3. RackEmWillie
    11:29 am August 9, 2018 Permalink

    It will all come down to QB play.

    Bad- 4 or 5 wins (CMU, MTSU, Murray, Vandy, Mizzou)
    Average- 6 or 7 wins (South Carolina, Tennessee)
    Good- 8 or 9 wins (Louisville, Miss. State)
    Great- 10 or 11 wins (A&M, Florida)

    I just can’t see this team beat Georgia. Actually, I’m not sure what teams I would see beating Georgia.

    Honestly, if they got to 8 regular season wins, I’d be stupidly happy. Anything after that would just be a bonus.

    • I think your breakdown on those numbers is pretty accurate. They’re still talking about how good our D looks even without Ware & Pachal. I hope it’s true, but I can’t help but feel we’re going to miss those guys. I’ve said this 1000 times here: often when Bama loses someone like those guys, they just run in the next 5 or 4 star. We don’t have that luxury, obvs.

    • Paschal…

      And I know the most important this is his health. I sure pray they get all the cancer, and that whatever Schlarman is dealing with is taken care of as well.

  4. Realme
    11:31 am August 9, 2018 Permalink

    Just watch their goofy smiles after they did that, and you know they were not all that serious.

  5. maximumscott
    11:32 am August 9, 2018 Permalink

    Nick… dominate the SEC opponents? I can see an 8-4 season but 10 aint happening.

    • foamfinger
      2:34 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

      I can see us dominating Mississippi State. They did get a lot of talent, but I don’t know how well the new coach will be able to take over. Mullins was an offensive wizard and the staff were very good at developing under-recruited talent. Who knows what the current staff will be able to do.

      Tennessee could be an easy win depending on if the coaching staff are able to have a quick turnaround from the dumpster fire last season and postseason were. Their recruiting rankings were higher than ours consistently, but they failed to develop talent across the board, so this next year might end up being them installing their system, changing the culture, and working on player development.

      Vandy actually scares me. They have a good defense and a returning veteran QB. They never really start off the season that well, so they are due to put together a solid season at some point. I think Mason is great at getting the most out of his players.

      Florida is probably going to just be an automatic loss as long as Mullen is there, which is fine if Mississippi State devolves back into the welcome mat of the SEC. I’m hoping that Florida gets a bunch of egos there and that Mullen and his staff can’t check it all and he loses the locker room, but that probably won’t happen for a while if it does come to pass.

  6. Sentient Third Eye
    11:35 am August 9, 2018 Permalink

    The Florida game is so frustrating. We should win, but we’ve had the superior team at least five of the last ten times we’ve played them. And we still lost them all in every way imaginable. It’s psychological at this point. LIke it used to be with Tennessee, it will be extra hard until we finally get over the hump. Then it will be easier going forward.

  7. ClutchCargo
    12:02 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    I’m excited for football season, but I have learned to have low expectations. It’s just a lot easier to enjoy the games when you think that way. Having said that, I don’t think 8 wins is out of the question, and I have been saying that for awhile, since the schedule came out.

  8. CatManDo
    12:26 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    I just don’t want to hear the “we are better but our record won’t show it because of the schedule” excuse if we don’t get to 7 or more wins. The 2 best East teams (GA and SC) we get at home and by most accounts FL and UT will be down this year. We avoid AL, AUB, and LSU in the West and get MST at home. Plus UL lost maybe their best player in school history.
    Not expecting to roll through those games by any means but if we truly are looking like a legit SEC team we should be able to win a couple of those and get to 7, and be competitive in the ones we lose.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:21 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

      Agree. It’s time to be one of the teams that make the conference tough.

  9. xXWaddle10Xx
    12:30 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    How is see it, if we beat Florida the sky’s the limit. It is the last mental hurtle left for stoops to cross and the fans. If we don’t it would be another 7-5 season but this time the fans will see it as a vast disappointment. Beat Florida and well see.

    • satcheluk
      9:34 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

      If we go 7-5 that’ll be a huge accomplishment. Huge!

  10. kentuckybackupplayer
    12:42 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    To quote bill parcels “you are what your record says you are”

  11. Yoda
    12:45 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    Absolute foolishness to assume that we can beat the teams that “we’re supposed to beat” AND some of those we shouldn’t. South Carolina, Mizzou, UT, and Louisville are all “toss ups” at best. I know it’s hard for homers to digest, but when you set down the blue kool-aid you can see that a 5 or 6 win season is far more probable than an 8+ win season. I predict they’ll win 6, losing a game that should have taken them to 7 in heartbreaking fashion.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      1:01 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

      Yes and no. Expecting a high win total would be foolish, but expecting a regression when we have a better and deeper roster than last year is also a little foolish/pessimistic.

    • Yoda
      4:33 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

      How long have you been watching UK football? Like 2 years? Experience is the best teacher, and my experience is that a regression is coming.

    3:30 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    Ok everyone knows we don’t have a history of overachieving, and many times ended the season in disappointing fashion, but let me know a team besides Georgia that we have absolute zero chance of winning? I think the over/under is 6 and I’m taking over and 7 wins, not including bowl game. Like CatManDo said, it’s not like we’re in the West. CMU,MURRAY,MTSU should be wins. SC will be tough with Samuel and Bentley back but Bentley doesn’t play well against us so that should be a win and we also get Vandy at home which should be a win too. That’s 5 wins. The 6,7, or 8th win decides what type of season that cats will have. Would love for us to beat Florida and they have some players suspended right now like last yr, but Mullen kills us every yr and he was with Miss St. So assuming that’s a loss, you have MSU at home which I feel could be a loss too bc we can’t stop Fitzgerald and there D with Grantham is one of the best int the SEC, but this could be our big upset bc they will be ranked. So it will really come down to @A&M, @MISS ST, @TN and @UofL that would make the season avg, good, great, and what I wish for, historical, lol. If we can manage time and tempo and complete first down to keep our D off the field aka balance, we should contend in every game. Go Cats!

    • CatManDo
      4:25 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

      Look at it this way – does anyone feel like SC, ARK, MIZ, etc. has superior talent than us? If not, wouldn’t you expect that level of team to get to 7 or 8 wins playing our schedule, at the very least 6? Of course we all know our history in winnable games – hopefully some of that can change. And yes, Go Cats.

  13. notFromhere
    4:41 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    As they should. Things look good for them if they can get and stay healthy

  14. CombatMedic_98
    10:14 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    One game at a time lads n gents!