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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: The Elusive Shutout……

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We all have varying degrees of football knowledge, and according to the comments section on this website, nearly every writer for KSR has no knowledge of the game of the football.  But, I think there is something that we all can agree on:


Since the NCAA implemented overtime rules in the 1990’s, if you hold your opponent to zero points you are a lock to win the game.  The reason I bring this up is while perusing some past seasons for another post, I recognized that Kentucky didn’t seem to shut out very many opponents.  In fact, they shut out almost no opponents.  Kentucky hasn’t shut out an opponent since 2007 (Miami OH).  So I kept going further and further back into the record books to find out that Kentucky has only shut out that one opponent since 1997!  That’s 18 years of football, tons of 1-AA and lower conference level opponents, plus playing Vandy and Mississippi State every year and UK has only shut out an opponent ONCE since 1997.

Now, holding a foe to zero points is quite a huge standard to ask of a defense.  So while that number seemed incredibly low to me, I wondered if maybe that was actually pretty normal for an SEC school.  Maybe shutouts weren’t as common as a I tended to think.  So, I looked back at each SEC school’s schedule since 1997 and here are the number of shutouts each has produced in that time frame:

Alabama: 21
LSU: 16
Georgia: 11
Auburn: 10
Tennessee: 10
Arkansas: 8
Florida: 8
Ole Miss: 8
Missouri: 7
Mississippi State: 6
Texas A&M: 6
South Carolina: 4
Vanderbilt: 4
Kentucky: 1

Ummmm, wow?  Again, I recognize that shutouts is a pretty specific and extraordinary thing to focus on, but cmon Kentucky!  If Vanderbilt can get 4 shutouts in 18 years, I think we can get more than one.  In fact, Kentucky has been the recipient of several of these shutouts:

LSU (2000, 2006)
Tennessee (2002)
Louisville (2004)
Florida (2012)
Vanderbilt (2012)

So what’s the point?  Well, the point is that when looking at that list of SEC schools above, you see a variety of level of program.  You have the Alabama’s and LSU’s of the world at the top, and UK is just not going to get there.  We don’t have the commitment all around.  But that’s fine.  The problem is we are at the bottom and not even close to the team above us, Vanderbilt (and now South Carolina).  This fanbase has just experienced bad defenses year after year after year.  This year’s D wasn’t the worst in the world but UK has maybe had a “good” defense once or twice in 20 years.  And those shutout numbers are just a fraction of the pain we’ve had to feel watching our team try and defend.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

15 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: The Elusive Shutout……

  1. ukjaybrat
    8:22 am December 21, 2015 Permalink

    I very much dislike random moderation…

  2. fatbrat
    8:28 am December 21, 2015 Permalink

    When is the last time a UK coach stood at the podium and stated that we have a veteran team, and looking to take advantage of it? Seems we never have a seasoned club across the board.

  3. bigblueforever
    8:51 am December 21, 2015 Permalink

    UK is the only team that is “young” every year. I don’t understand that. Does everyone play one year and graduate at UK?

  4. bigblueforever
    8:53 am December 21, 2015 Permalink

    The “young” thing is an excuse used by our football staff. Doesn’t seem to hurt the basketball team.

    • dean winchester
      9:00 am December 21, 2015 Permalink

      In that regard, basketball is a completely different sport. Youth in basketball can be overcome by talent. Look at how many true freshmen play alot of minutes for Alabama, or LSU, or how many of them are even in the 2 deep at most schools. Ky football IS young in those terms. It does not excuse everything that happened this past year, but it is a factor.

    • dean winchester
      9:22 am December 21, 2015 Permalink

      And to be honest, youth is killing the bb team right now. We get challenged and wilt, or better stated we dont react until its too late. Skal has a great offensive game, until you body him and make him uncomfortable. Freshmen. Murray cant be guarded by 95% of the defenders in college, but he doesnt attack unless we are down. Again, freshmen.

  5. honaker
    9:15 am December 21, 2015 Permalink

    Nice try. Shutting out your opponent only guarantees that you do not lose. Winning requires you to score at least a field goal which has been a challenge for UK.

  6. DennyC
    9:49 am December 21, 2015 Permalink

    Yah, but JUST WAIT til Basketball Season . . uh .. . . wait .minutes . . . smh . . .

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:09 am December 21, 2015 Permalink

      DennyC December 20, 2015 at 8:18 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Is this the year of the LOUISVILLE SWEEP? BASEBALL, FOOTBALL and now (gulp) BASKETBALL? This hasn’t happened since 2013 . . . When they won the NCAA Championship. the last team from this state to WIN IT ALL!

    • ukjaybrat
      12:00 pm December 21, 2015 Permalink

      trolls will troll… at least say something intelligent instead of murmuring nonsense…

  7. The Rest of the story
    10:18 am December 21, 2015 Permalink

    Another love article about how much UK football sucks, has sucked and likely will suck.

    • ukjaybrat
      11:57 am December 21, 2015 Permalink

      dude, do you ever have anything positive to say… about any sport… ever?

    • J-Dub421
      4:13 pm December 21, 2015 Permalink

      No, Jay, he does not. There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and The Rest of the story being super negative about everything all the time.

  8. JTaylor22
    11:57 am December 21, 2015 Permalink

    I know it doesn’t qualify as a shutout, but notable: UK 27, UofL 2 in 2008.

    • ukjaybrat
      11:58 am December 21, 2015 Permalink

      i watched that game in a room with 12 louisville fans … by myself. they were not happy with me that afternoon. i changed my text alert to uk’s fight song so it would go off every 30 seconds when someone texted me about the game or later that day.