Unless it’s a 7:30 kickoff, college football players rarely get to watch their peers. The bye week is the exception to that rule. On their only weekend off, they saw a few things from their SEC foes:
- UK played Bama closer on the road than Tennessee did at home.
- Missouri completed only two passes beyond the one of scrimmage against Florida.
- Miss. State lost in 2OTs to BYU. They could’ve won it in regulation, but their QB threw a fourth quarter interception while in field goal range.
- Vanderbilt won at Georgia.
“It doesnt surprise me. I know what kind of team it was.” Mark Stoops’ win over Vanderbilt looked more impressive after taking down Georgia between the hedges. “Just because they don’t have a lot of wins, that’s a good football team. We knew that.”
Vandy’s win was validating for fans, but that wasn’t the eye-opener for his players.
“You realize a lot of people’s margin for error is very small. On any given Saturday, things go different ways, and I think they realize some of the good things that we’ve done.”
The attrition in the East has the Cats currently tied for second. It will widen the eyes for many fans, but Stoops can’t let his team get to far ahead of themselves.
“If we handle our business today and the rest of this week, let’s go take care of business this Saturday, and then we’ll worry about the next one,” Stoops said. “We do some things well and we need to continue to build on that. They realize that we have a good opportunity if we continue to progress and continue to get better.”