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?