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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What Impact Has a Bye Week Had for UK?

Mark Zerof
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Mark Zerof

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Ah, the bye week.  In past years, this would be the week where UK fans would really begin turning their attention to the basketball season as the UK football team was likely out of bowl contention.  But this year, things have changed.  UK is sitting at 4-1 with a real shot at getting 5 SEC wins for the first time since the conference expanded in 1992.  And the bye week this year comes at a perfect time.  UK has guided itself through a grind of games, only tripping against Florida.  There is real optimism about what the 2nd half of the schedule will bring.  But that 2nd half is more difficult than the first half, so it’s good for UK to get a week of rest before it’s big matchup against Auburn.

Many think a bye week means a team will be more prepared for their next opponent.  I would think that would have to be correct.  But does that extra week of preparation mean more wins on the schedule?  For Kentucky, it depends.  If it’s a home game following the bye week, UK has had great success.  Road games?  Not so much.

2014: WON vs. Vanderbilt 17-7
2014: LOST at Louisville 44-40
2013: LOST vs. Florida 24-7
2013: LOST at Mississippi State 28-22
2012: WON vs. Sanford 34-3
2011: WON vs. Jacksonville State 38-14
2010: LOST at Tennessee 24-14
2009: WON vs. Louisville 31-27
2008: WON vs. Western Kentucky 41-3
2008: LOST at Tennessee 28-10
2007: WON at Vanderbilt 27-20
2006: WON at Mississippi State 34-30
2005: LOST at South Carolina 44-16
2005: LOST at Ole Miss 13-7
2004: WON vs. Indiana 51-32
2004: LOST at Tennessee 37-31
2003: LOST at South Carolina 27-21
2003: LOST at Vanderbilt 27-21

Home Record following bye: 6-1
Road Record following bye: 2-9

Luckily for us, Auburn is a home game.  So what do you think?  How much impact do you put having a bye week into an advantage for UK, while keeping in mind that Auburn will have the same bye week.  Does the home-field advantage come into play here?

Article written by Bryan the Intern

6 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What Impact Has a Bye Week Had for UK?

  1. Duuuuuude
    8:30 am October 7, 2015 Permalink

    I think the bye week probably helps from the standpoint of allowing key players to heal, but I could correlate the record closer to the quality of the opponent than the bye week.

  2. Can U Even Stats, Bro?
    8:54 am October 7, 2015 Permalink

    BTI, you seem to enjoy digging into the stats but you rarely ever say anything of substance. Look at these bye week games. It is pretty obvious that we played lower quality opponents in the home games. Maybe you can go back and look at the win-loss record of all these opponents and see how our record ended up in these games relative to what would have been projected. That would better begin to show the effect of bye weeks. Do better.

  3. Hopefully
    8:55 am October 7, 2015 Permalink

    Hopefully it won’t be a reason for the team to come out flat and inconsistent. If it does, oh well, things are fine and there is always next week.

  4. Nate
    8:57 am October 7, 2015 Permalink

    I think you look at the two games from last year at Louisville and Ms State. Louisville was a close game, and a few plays go in our favor, or Kyle bolin stays benched and we probably win. Everyone played well (sans towles). And Ms State, we played really well that game but were just outmatched with depth by a team ready to play. (Towles probably had his best game that day until Missouri two weekends ago). All in all in pretty confident in the coaches ability to get the team up for games after a bye. So I’m not too concerned there. But we’ll see. I think the thing this team has lacked is consistency. So there’s really no way to predict where they will go.

  5. UKBlue1!
    10:09 am October 7, 2015 Permalink

    Back beyond 2013 has nothing to do with this staff. One bad call from a win a Miss St. Very close game with a UL team that put 10 players in NFL. I say the staff uses the bye week very well. Also I doubt we beat (Fred G.) Sanford 34-3.

  6. Tampa satchel
    10:23 pm October 7, 2015 Permalink

    Look at who we beat, not where.