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Will UK Football Pick up a Marquee Victory this Season?

John Sommers II, Reuters

John Sommers II, Reuters

John Sommers II, Reuters

After back-to-back 2-10 seasons, Kentucky football hasn’t had a marquee victory to celebrate in awhile. The 2011 win against Tennessee (in which the Cats snapped a 26-game losing streak) would probably qualify, but as awesome as the victory was, it occurred when UT had a sub-.500 record, and UK knew that it wouldn’t be bowling for the first time in four years.

Though the team struggled in his first season, Mark Stoops has rejuvenated interest in the program throughout the Bluegrass with his top-notch recruiting. While Kentucky isn’t necessarily expected to win a signature game this season, a marquee victory would confirm the program’s momentum on a national level. Here are the three games in which UK may be most likely to pick up such a win:

1.) Sept. 13 @ Florida: A win against the Gators at the Swamp would be huge for Stoops and co. Not only would it end a 27(!!) game losing streak against Florida, it could ensure a 3-0 start to the season for the Cats. A victory here is certainly obtainable. Coming off of a 4-8 season, Will Muschamp’s team should be as vulnerable as the Gators are ever going to get.

2.) Oct 4th vs. South Carolina: The Wildcats came within a touchdown of the Gamecocks last season at South Carolina. This year’s team will be without pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney and veteran quarterback Connor Shaw; plus they’ll have to travel to Lexington this go-around. While the Gamecocks certainly won’t be scrubs, the home environment and the loss of a few key players could provide the Wildcats a good chance to hand The Old Ball Coach another loss.

3.) Nov. 29th @ Louisville: Next year’s Louisville team has a lot of question marks after the departures of Charlie Strong and Teddy Bridgewater. The squad will also face tougher competition in their move to the ACC. However, they are otherwise returning a lot of key players from their 2013 team which went 12-1, and will have a winning coach in Bobby Petrino. The Cats and Cards will meet in each team’s last game of the regular season. A win for Kentucky would give the team a ton of momentum heading into the post-/off- season, and seems feasible at the moment.

UK could certainly beat LSU, Georgia, or Missouri, but I feel the above three games will be Kentucky’s best chance at a marquee victory.

What do you think, will the Cats pick up a significant win this season? 


Article written by Caleb Epley

Vanderbilt student, Kentucky fan. Skilled at using big words and telling bad jokes. Twitter: @CalebEpleyKSR

21 Comments for Will UK Football Pick up a Marquee Victory this Season?

  1. Brian
    9:51 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    We are going bowling this year

    • TheTruth
      5:13 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

      Bahahahahaha… Keep dreaming lad. UK is going to suck just as bad this year as they did the last 2 years… It has been almost 1000 days since UK has won a SEC game and y’all havent won an In state game in the last 6…
      Petrino will rack up AT LEAST 50 points on your sorry asses

  2. No
    9:59 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink


  3. 0 for SEC 2 years running
    10:00 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    All signs point to no.

  4. Catcounsel
    10:04 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    Just bring on the games, we will worry about who wins after smashing our opponents’ mouths for 60 minutes! LET’S GO BIG BLUE! BRING ON THE CATS!!

  5. TDog
    10:06 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    I could honestly give you a reason we could win any game on the schedule other than LSU. I just seriously cannot see that happening any time soon.

  6. Blue Mist
    10:11 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    The basketball program should their soul to the devil a long time ago. No way will we ever be allowed to have a good football program.

    • Blue Mist
      10:12 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

      Sold not should.

    • bonkrshr
      10:34 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

      “sold their soul to the devil”
      Why would UK Basketball sell their soul to Nick Saban?

  7. Answer
    11:16 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    No, and who cares?

    • Douchebag for $200 Alex
      11:38 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

      I’m going to go with Kentucky fans. You know, the target audience for this site?

  8. theTruth
    12:31 am May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Clowney didn’t play against us last year either.

    • RUPPS_rhetoric
      9:26 am May 5, 2014 Permalink

      You beat me to it Truth. While I agree that maybe we have a shot against them, Clowney not being around shouldn’t matter.

  9. Wild Blue
    7:08 am May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Louisville may be like us at the end of the season. All beat up with multiple player injuries from playing a tougher schedule. If we can come through the SEC without serious injury to key players we can win the UL game. Even at the pizzeria.

  10. SEC
    9:16 am May 5, 2014 Permalink

    UT-Martin will be the marquee victory!

  11. Reality
    9:33 am May 5, 2014 Permalink

    So you think a team that hasn’t won an SEC game in over 2 years can go into the Swamp and knock off the Gators? Florida had a horrid season last year and they still beat us with ease. No way they have 2 in a row. Florida by at least 21.

    South Carolina will contend for the SEC East crown this year. UK may have given Spurrier some excitement last year, but given his taste for embarrassing Kentucky, he may want some payback. There is absolutely no way Stoops will out-coach Spurrier. This game could also be a blow-out, but since it’s at CWS…South Carolina by 17.

    Louisville is the one true legitimate chance. It’s a rivalry, so anything can and usually does happen. The fact that it’s at Louisville may be the deciding factor. This game likely comes down to which team is more healthy at the end of the season.

  12. Sweat Pea Burns
    10:07 am May 5, 2014 Permalink

    I could see the Florida game being one we could get. Maybe SCjr. and I would love to beat Loserville!!!

  13. Dave
    10:39 am May 5, 2014 Permalink

    A lot of it is are we healthy when we play these teeams and how healthty that team is as well as the timing of the game. Who did South Carolina play the week before us and who do they play after? Will they over look us? I actually like our chances against UGA better than South Carolina because we play them the week after they play Fla and the week before Auburn. It could be a trap game for them. Lou plays Miami and Notre Dame as well mentioned Fla St, Clemson and i’m sure one of the Carolina teams. Not exactly South Fla and UCONN. ACC is still way better than the AAC or whatever they belonged to so they will be a little more beat up that last games. We could have a bowl bid on the line then as well.

  14. Craig Sager's Suits
    1:33 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    @Florida, no way. If it were in Lexington, maybe leaning no.

    SC – No way.

    UL – Not really that marquee but probable.