OK, so after a couple drinks to try and cope with the uncertainty around this college football season, I came to a glorious conclusion on how this thing could turn completely in Kentucky’s favor and make us a national power in football. Yes, Kentucky. Now, it requires several steps to occur but play along with me, would you please?
STEP 1: Everybody cancels the fall season EXCEPT for the SEC
-Certainly the SEC is the most likely to play because of the area of the country these schools are located and the passion of the fanbases. Now this step is vitally important for Kentucky because one issue that Kentucky has right now is no matter how good they are, they just don’t get any real footing on a national scale. They won 10 games just 2 years ago and I doubt most fans would know this west of the Mississippi or north of Ohio. But if the 14 SEC schools are the only ones playing on Saturday, every single game, from Missouri-Vanderbilt to LSU-Alabama and all Kentucky games in between would be highly attractive. They would be bet on at a tremendous rate, would always be on national television, likely CBS or a major ESPN channel, and College Gameday would almost certainly visit. UK would get more national attention than ever before.
STEP 2: Kentucky earns the reputation as the “scrappy bunch”
-Look, I know we’ve got one of our better teams but they are not going to be flashy. Mark Stoops just doesn’t have teams like that. So it’s not like UK is going put up 50 points a game with lots of throwing it around the field. So with the nation’s eyes upon them, how do they garner a following? They do it by being the little engine that could. They do it by being Northwestern of the 1990’s. They do it by being Wisconsin of the 2000’s. They do it by being tougher than everybody, scrappier than everybody, with more effort and fight than anybody. For the fans always looking for the underdog, Kentucky develops a nationwide following as being the little guy you love to love.
STEP 3: Kentucky has “a moment”
-In this scenario, Kentucky doesn’t have to go undefeated. They don’t have to make the playoff. Hell, they could go 6-4. But there has to be a “a moment” that is remembered forever as part of the 2020 season. And Kentucky’s schedule would have plenty of them. Winning at Georgia or Alabama come to mind immediately. Maybe at Auburn applies too. But they need to shock someone to throw the season into chaos. Have that moment that gets played over and over again.
STEP 4: Cash in on the recruiting front
-OK, we now have the national attention. We’ve developed the reputation. And we’ve got the coach and recruiting staff to cash in big time. You would certainly have access to more big name kids than you’ve ever had before. Kentucky has been top of mind for an entire college football season. You turn that into an uptick in the talent even more than already exists and suddenly you have base of talent that breeds more wins and more talent and then cycle just repeats.
Simple, right? Just 4 simple steps to Kentucky becoming a college football power. It’s always good to try and look at the possible bright sides to a very bleak situation. Or maybe it is just the beer talking.