This week the state of Kentucky will Google search “SEC East Standings” more than it ever has. One person that will not be looking at the standings is Mark Stoops.
“There will be no talk about that,” he said at today’s press conference.
It’s fun for fans, but Stoops became more serious and stern than usual when asked if his team has thought about it at all.
“We need to control what we can control, and that’s playing Georgia well,” Stoops said. “We’re in no position to look ahead against anybody. We’re going to do the same things we’ve been doing and we’re going to try to do them better this week. And that’s the great thing: I believe we have much better football in us.”
That echoes a similar statement Eddie Gran made after Saturday’s win.
“That’s what’s great about it. We’ve got so much to get better at and our kids know that. There’s more in the tank and that’s exciting,” Gran said.
Even though the Cats put up more than 500 yards in back-to-back games, they’ve been putting themselves behind the 8-bal all year. Their -11 turnover ratio is the worst in the SEC and 125th in the nation. Their 12 fumbles lost is tied for the worst in the nation. The turnovers have led to missed scoring opportunities.
The turnovers hurt the most, but there’s something that might be more annoying: the inability to hit C.J. Conrad when he’s wide open. Stoops addressed it today. He’s confident they’ll get the timing right on the RPOs, but sometimes, for whatever reason, Johnson just misses him.
“We’ve seen him miss that once or twice,” Stoops said. “He’ll get it down and we’ll convert it just when we need to.”
If Kentucky can fix the little things and mitigate mistakes, we might not be talking about them near the top of the East, we’ll be talking about how they can win the East.