No matter how good or bad we are or how good or bad UL is, the game against the Cards will certainly be the week of the most passion. And no matter what the situation is, some consider that the biggest game of the football schedule every year. But not me. There are certainly some years where that is the case, but that is usually when both teams are pretty good, which doesn’t actually happen very often. But I would much rather win 4-5 games in the SEC and accept a loss to Louisville than put that non-conference game as the most important.
Below I rank the 12 games on the scheduled based on the ones that I have the most passion in winning this year. Doesn’t mean it’s likely we win some of these games, but simply is a ranking of which games I would be most excited about winning in 2016:
1: at Alabama: would be the biggest upset in UK history and probably the 2nd most significant win in school history, only beating Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl being higher
2: at Florida: at this point I would take ending this streak over beating UL every single year
3: at Louisville: if this was at Commonwealth, I’d take Tennessee over this but beating UL at Papa John’s is so sweet
4: at Tennessee: hasn’t been this good of a Vols team in quite a long time, would be amazing to beat them in Neyland
5: Mississippi State: as much as we think the Bulldogs are at “our level”, they’ve actually won big games, need to beat them at home
6: at Missouri: this is that tricky road game UK has enough talent to win but historically does not
7: Southern Miss: getting off to a good start could make or break how the fans feel about this team
8: Georgia: UK actually normally plays pretty good against UGA and it’s at home
9: Vanderbilt: wake me up when it’s over (and hopefully we’ve won)
10: South Carolina: I think it’s a trap game but UK has also had their number for 2 years and they are rebuilding big time
11: New Mexico State: Um, fun?
12: Austin Peay: the yearly paycheck game (although EKU just about ruined that last year)
So what games do you want to see UK win the most this year? Is it the games that are winnable and can get us to a bowl? Is it the games against the best teams? Or is it always Louisville and nobody else? Give me your thoughts…….