The Kentucky football team will enter this week’s bye week sitting at 1-2 with plenty to work on and a tough road ahead. The young Wildcats are still searching for an identity, along with consistency from week to week in various areas. What has been good one week, often falls to the wayside the next week and vice-a-versa. The defense finally played well just in time for the offense to hit a dry spell. With two weeks until the Florida Gators come to town, let’s take a look ahead at the next 5 games on Kentucky’s schedule and how the teams remaining on the slate have faired so far.
Florida 1-1 (0-0 SEC)
The win: Florida’s offense looked rather unimpressive in a 24-6 win over a solid Toledo team.
The loss: Florida lost the battle of the state to Miami (Fla) last week by a score of 21-16. Once again, the offense struggled to find a rhythm and failed to put points behind the arm of Jeff Driskel.
Prediction: Florida is still Florida, and the streak is likely to continue for Kentucky without a win over the Gators (in case you hadn’t heard, it’s been a while). With that said, if Florida’s offense is still sputtering after another week, Kentucky could make a game of it with a home environment and an entire bye-week to prepare and get healthy. Florida by 10.
South Carolina 2-1 (1-1 SEC)
The wins: South Carolina won the college football season opener over North Carolina in convincing fashion, 27-10. USC got back on track this week following a loss, jumping out to a big lead over Vanderbilt, before winning 35-25.
The loss: South Carolina and Georgia had an early match-up in the 2nd game of the season that many predicted could have SEC championship implications. Georgia got the best of USC by a score of 41-30.
Prediction: Kentucky will have a tough test with its first SEC road trip of the season. South Carolina by 17.
Alabama 2-0 (1-0 SEC)
The wins: Alabama has looked the part of the #1 team in the country in both of its victories. The Tide beat Virginia Tech comfortably, 35-10. Bama had a tough test on the road at Texas A&M against the
fightin’ partyin’ Johnny Manziels, but took care of business in the end 49-42.
Prediction: I can’t imagine a scenario in which Kentucky manages to keep this one close. Alabama by, let’s just say, a lot.
Mississippi State 1-2 (0-1 SEC)
The win: Mississippi State crushed an Alcorn State team you would expect them to by a score of 51-7.
The losses: Mississippi State failed to find the end zone against a top 20 ranked Oklahoma State team, dropping the game 21-3. This weekend, the Bulldogs lost a close on one the road at a tough Auburn home environment, 24-20.
Prediction: This is a year you really wish Kentucky could have Mississippi State at home. If Kentucky can find an offensive identity and cut down on some of the mistakes, the Cats could pull off the upset on the road. I’ll be optimistic and go Kentucky by 3.
Alabama State 1-2 (1-1 SWAC)
The win: Alabama State beat AR- Pine Bluff in a nail-biter, 40-39. I couldn’t tell you anything about AR- Pine Bluff, and I kind of doubt you’d want to hear it anyway.
The losses: Alabama State dropped its first 2 games to both Jacksonville State and Jackson State (they are cousins, I think).
Prediction: Kentucky should roll in this one, catching a breath of fresh air after a strenuous SEC stretch. Kentucky by 24.