Now that I’ve had a couple of days to sit on the UK game Saturday night, I’ve become
increasingly encouraged. Yes, the first half was a complete bomb, but think about what happened last season: Kentucky was pummeled by a less-skilled USC club, and basically threw it in early. Sure it’s a shame that Kentucky couldn’t make the most of the myriad of opportunities presented to them on Saturday, but to come back from a 17 point hole in 2 quarters of action and still have a shot to tie it up at the end illustrates significant improvement–but equally as important, it displayed the newfound resolve within the players. While we all want rapid results in the dubya column, it’s irrational to think that Kentucky can go from a cellar-dweller-on-probation to a legitimate 7 win team in a couple of seasons. Maybe in the Big East, but certainly not in the SEC. UK has won all the games they were supposed to thus far, and were in it until the final tic last weekend. That’s improvement, and that’s about all we can hope for at the moment.
Little out; D-Line a nightmare
Rich Brooks said in his press-conference today that Rafael Little’s knee is worse than initially thought. The scope showed some torn cartilage and a bone bruise and he won’t make the trip to Baton Rouge, which I think it’s safe to say won’t be the deciding factor in the game. He’ll then enjoy a well-timed bye week to rest it further and hopefully be back for the all important contest in Starkville on the 28th, but the HC said he’ll likely be out at least a month. Brooks also said Myron Pryor (elbow) and Lamar Mills (shoulder) are questionable for Saturday. If these two horses can’t go, Kentucky’s already porous D-line will be makeshift at best. Soph. Ventrell Jenkins showed some promise against USC, but with Peters and Paris already out, Archer will have some patchwork to do.
It’s always interesting to see how a team like LSU bounces back from a big loss. With two losses on the year for the Tigers, they’ll either be roused up and ready to unleash on their prey, or indifferent after no longer being a BCS contender. It’s all about good coaching and Les Miles is that, so I’d look for them to try and put this one away early…and they will if our D-Line doesn’t make the trip.