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The Courier Journal is a bit pessimistic about UK’s momentum

It feels good, doesn’t it? The possibility of a 10-win football season?

The BBN can’t be blamed for waking up this morning with a spring in their step after the Cats decimated Louisville last night, 56-10. Whether the apparently revitalized UK offense has any staying power is yet to be seen, but according to the Courier Journal’s Tim Sullivan, we shouldn’t expect the same offensive efficiency moving forward:

From UK’s perspective, it was very good. What it was not was symptomatic of a quantum leap. Louisville has allowed at least 50 points to each of its last five opponents. Kentucky is two weeks removed from a seven-point showing at Tennessee. Until the Wildcats can replicate Saturday’s output against a top-tier program, it has to be considered an aberration rather than a new norm.

The things Kentucky is doing now are clearly working. But they won’t often work as well as they did against Louisville.

[Courier Journal]

While Louisville’s miserable defense absolutely cleared the way for UK’s dominance last night, sometimes a shooter just needs to see the ball go through the net. Kentucky’s offense had looked anemic in the few weeks leading up to the Governor’s Cup. Maybe a few completed passes and broken tackles will inject the Cats with some confidence heading into bowl season.

Either that, or we’re gonna need the defense to do what they’ve done all season: put the fear into the opposing QB, O-line, running backs, etc.


Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.

32 Comments for The Courier Journal is a bit pessimistic about UK’s momentum

  1. ukblue22
    6:23 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    He’s not wrong. Until it happens consistently it’s a one-time happening. But that doesn’t mean they can’t continue to lay great offense.

    • BigolBlue
      10:04 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      7 pts vs Tenn

    • Bluenblood
      6:45 am November 26, 2018 Permalink

      What a buzzkill. Typical CJ pessimism. Cats were a couple dropped balls from hang in 70 on them. Great game Cats our Senior Sendoff for local BBN!!!

  2. N-UR-i
    6:25 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Jealousy makes people say all kinds of stupid things. The CJ is no different

    • syrin23
      7:45 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      Vanderbilt DESTROYED Tennessee. Our loss to them is unforgivable.

    • Miller45
      11:44 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      Yes it was disgraceful

    • catfanmike
      8:12 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      Sullivan is not a fan of UL. Calls it as he sees it, except I think it could have built much needed confidence.

  3. shepdog3720
    6:29 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Dude speaks #truth

  4. Paperbagface
    6:38 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Thank goodness we never hired Bobby. Wins dont make up up for low character and a miserable personality.

    • catfanmike
      8:15 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      Wow! Thank God! We were a dropped int away from winning 3 out of last 4.

  5. UKinIN
    6:39 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    If UK hadn’t scored against U of L that would be the real story. I don’t think last night proved that the UK offense has found itself.

  6. Brad Gregory
    6:45 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    I have to agree, the only thing different from this season and others is we won games we normally would have lost. Now if we string together several years of winning and we win some big games by a good margin, then I’d say we’ve turned the corner. One season doesn’t make us a contender…..Louisville is proof of that

    • KYCat4EVER
      7:38 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      SPOT ON BG! Too much over reaching for demolishing s pitiful UL team!

    • damage_control
      8:59 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      What are you the SPOT ON distributor of the south??

    • KYCat4EVER
      10:51 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      I appreciate this reward as SPOT ON distributor of the south, and would like to thank the academy, the director, my supporting actors, and the really small people , like damage_control, if you know what I mean!

  7. JPGott2
    6:59 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    For me, the variation in playcalling was what I loved in the governors cup.

    If Gran and Stoops did that against UT, I think the game would have been vastly different.

    UK has the talent, but has rarely used it. Calling predicatable plays is the biggest hurdle to our team and needs to stay in our past.

    Funny thing about UL is that the majority of their success came from being in a crappy Big East conference that had a tie-in to a BCS bowl.

    • BluKudzu
      7:06 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      Let’s see if the CJ is just as pessimistic against the cardinals and their train wreck dumpster fire.

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:27 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      Welcome back on board the Big Blue Bandwagon, Kudzu!

  8. dcforuk
    7:04 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Momentum works for you or against you. Stoops is correct to thank the administration, including athletics, but the majority of the praise has to be on Stoops. The administration would not have invested with a head coach that they did not believe believed what he was saying!

    • catfanmike
      8:29 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      Stoops deserves a lot of praise today! I mean, most wins since 77!…just a brutal conference and he has talent…great recruiting is now proven. Wilson is talented, but still young and a little slow on decision making. need another reliable receiver…rbs are studs, O line is deep and talent all over defense. Great job coach!!!

  9. 4everUKblue
    7:14 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Who reads the CJ?

  10. eyebleedblue
    7:24 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    He’s a clown.
    Cats looked engaged last night and watching the play calling be opened up and more relaxed was definitely different from the last month.

    • catfanmike
      8:35 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      It was more relaxed and different than last month only bc he had so much time in the pocket bc Cards D really does suck! Probably worst we have seen in years. If anything it was a confidence boost.

  11. KYCat4EVER
    7:33 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Well, I am a HUGE fan of UK, and a HUGE fan of Tim Sullivan. I agree 100% with Tim! In fact, this sportswriter is quite SPOT ON with many of his opinions.
    So glad Tim Sullivan still calls his shots and continues to call out the facts.

    Lastly, if the Cincinnati Enquirer still had Tim Sullivan as a sports writer, the Morons who own and manage the Bengals and Reds would be getting just what they deserve: cooked over a flaming campfire of critiques as only Tim can write!

    • dcforuk
      8:05 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      I am agnostic for the simple reason I really don’t know his writings. UK did what they needed to do and should have done. Even a wide open three point shooter still has to execute and put the ball in the basket!

    • KYCat4EVER
      10:54 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      Agree with you dcforuk, Louisville is pretty lousy this year, but we still had to go out and take this candy from the baby!

  12. 2thepoint
    7:48 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Well, why give credit to the CJ for anything including mr Sullivan was has probably swallowed an entire bottle of Tums since yesterday. He and his have dreaded yesterday all year and saw their fears come true in living color. It is true UK hasn’t looked great during some games this year, and to dismiss the team as if they haven’t accomplished anything is nothing but garbage flowing from their jealous tongues. UK may lose the next game and they may win the next game, but one thing sure is they put a stomping on that sorry team from Louisville. The only thing I regret is they fired petrino before the game.

  13. Cincy Cayt
    10:06 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    It doesn’t have to be either the new norm or an aberration. It can be somewhere in between and I think that’s the case here. I think he’d arrive at that conclusion too if he looked beyond the UL win and the UT loss.

  14. WildcatCam
    11:23 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Was this the same type of writing when UofL was on their upswing? This season, isolated, is an aboration, but in totally with the last 5, it’s been on an upward trajectory. So if we were to chart points on a graph using win totals from Stoops’ seasons, then his column would truly be without merit. It has gone up or stayed the same every year, so if anything, he should be saying we do have room for excitement to either maintain this or continue progressing in the win column. This is asinine to throw shade like he did.

  15. LegggoooCats
    3:56 am November 26, 2018 Permalink

    I want Kliff Kingsbury to be hired at UK as the new OC, and Eddie Gran to be relieved of his duties at season’s end. One game doesn’t make up for what he has cost us this season. We should be 11-1, with Georgia as the only loss. Beating Louisville doesn’t put us back on track… it just means that we routed the worst team on our schedule all season. It should’ve been that bad.

  16. BGLawdog
    8:13 am November 26, 2018 Permalink

    Louisville was atrocious. That said, the offense looked different than it had since halftime of the South Carolina game. We didn’t run the same Omaha option and WR screen over and over again. Rather, Terry was slinging the ball all over the field. I do not care who we were playing: a perfect throw is still a perfect throw. Terry made many passes that I would consider to have been perfect and that was the difference in my eyes.