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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: 2019 Was Just As Bad So Hold Out Hope (Except for one major thing)

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We are once again in a down spot for UK football.  Another frustrating loss during a time when many fans, including myself on occasion, have thought UK football was at one of its peaks.  Mark Stoops’ teams have shown the ability to be highly competitive in almost all games but also able to shoot themselves in the foot as much as any coach’s teams in UK history.  We smash Louisville, beat Florida, crush Mississippi State, and then lose to Ole Miss and Tennessee in baffling ways.  Last night was a prototypical Mark Stoops game.  Was Kentucky the better team?  I think so.  The stats would suggest that to an extent.  But the most egregious mistakes of the game were all made by Kentucky.  And I feel like we say that far too often these last few years.

So where do we go from here?  Well, I think a talking point that those who want to always be positive will look to is just 1 year ago, UK football was 2-3 following embarrassing losses to Mississippi State and South Carolina.  Quarterbacks were falling by the wayside left and right.  The games were miserable to watch.  The fanbase felt following a 10-3 year that the program was right back to sucking again.  And then a minor miracle happen.  The Cats reeled off 6 wins in their last 8 games, including a thrilling bowl win, and all of the sudden an 8-5 season almost looked as good as the 10-3 one.  Why can’t that be done this year?

For those of us who try to look at things rationally though, there is an obvious answer why to not compare 2019 to 2020.  And that is Lynn Bowden.  I think we can all agree that Lynn Bowden doesn’t exist on this team.  Josh Ali, or Terry Wilson, or AJ Rose are not going to be Lynn Bowden.  They just are not that talented.  What Bowden did last year, playing a non-traditional position and leading his team to 6 out 8 wins, is possibly the most remarkable athletic feat in UK football history.  We don’t have that guy this year.  I tweeted this after the game.  Kentucky has a bunch of good players.  We have more “good” players than anytime in my memory.  The depth of good players is fantastic.  This team doesn’t have any great skill players.  Terry Wilson is a good quarterback, not a great one.  Josh Ali is a good wide receiver, not a great one.  We probably have a couple great offensive linemen but they can’t impact a game like skill players.  On defense, again, a bunch of decent to good players.  No game changers.  No Benny Snell.  No Josh Allen.  No Lynn Bowden.

So Mark Stoops appears to be getting burned by something not totally in his control.  He has recruited at a higher level than ever at Kentucky.  But in the last few years, he’s had guys that so far exceeded their rankings and expectations they were literally carrying UK to victories over more talented teams.  This year, he doesn’t have that guy or those guys.  And that brings each and every game on an SEC-only schedule in play.  Ole Miss might be down but they have as many good players as we do.  Same goes for much of the SEC.  But most of those teams have some great ones too.  Seth Williams is an example of that.  We don’t have that guy.

I don’t know what to do with this season except support, support, support.  Reel back the expectations a bit.  Expect every game to be competitive.  And hope some of these good players can piece together great performances and lead the Cats to some victories.  Things are fine.  It is not a dumpster fire.  It is just circumstance.  But don’t let yourself believe that something like 2019 is going to happen again.  This team will have to find other ways to win.   

Article written by Bryan the Intern

11 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: 2019 Was Just As Bad So Hold Out Hope (Except for one major thing)

  1. BowdenQB4ever
    11:22 am October 5, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops is a fine program builder, but it doesn’t look like he knows what to do with talent once it’s in hand. We don’t adjust mid game and we don’t seem to prepare well for games. I think we end up with some riskier kids from bad backgrounds that the big boys won’t take a chance on, and a lack of discipline really shows. Allowing those guys to call off practice so they could march when a black sex offender was shot while violating a restraining order and resisting arrest was a mistake, but I think it was an honest representation of the character of our ballclub. We just have to try to win with what we’ve got.

  2. natedaddy
    11:33 am October 5, 2020 Permalink

    ?mad UK players went to BLM protest, has black football player in name ?

    • BowdenQB4ever
      11:55 am October 5, 2020 Permalink

      I’m not mad, this is exactly what I expected this team to be. I just think it represents where our teams head is at. They jumped on a reactionary, destructive movement without knowing all the facts. Despite what the media says, white people are actually the ones being hunted by black people. Blacks account for just 13% of the population but 50% of violent crime. The disparity between their reasons for marching and reality is staggering. If I had to guess, I would say our team has a higher than average rate of growing up fatherless. The lack of discipline and reactionary attitude is a direct result of that.

    • CombatMedic_98
      10:55 am October 6, 2020 Permalink


    • CombatMedic_98
      10:56 am October 6, 2020 Permalink

      Isn’t this supposed to be about SPORTS…

    • 4everUKBlue
      12:26 pm October 5, 2020 Permalink

      Be careful bringing facts to this site BowdenQB, your comments will be censored by big KSR brother.

    • stratblend
      1:31 pm October 5, 2020 Permalink

      I love the comments section. Also, found the racist.

  3. The Professor
    12:27 pm October 5, 2020 Permalink

    BowdenQB4ever what a coward, posting racist rhetoric in anonymity so there are no repercussions.

    • Southky
      12:36 pm October 5, 2020 Permalink

      Professor, look in the mirror. Racism exists in all races, certainly not just in whites. If you don’t see that you are either blind or a fool.

    • 4everUKBlue
      12:39 pm October 5, 2020 Permalink

      Professor thinks he’s smarter than everyone else but in reality he makes his living teaching misinformation. At least BowdenQB speaks the truth.

  4. Bigblu30
    12:45 pm October 5, 2020 Permalink

    I think key to developing superstar talents like bowden allen and snell is getting freshman plenty of snaps. All 3 of these guys played a lot as freshman/ redshirt freshman. I would love to see drennen get some snaps as we have struggled at WR and i think he could be a superstar talent eventually.