I started off this season with very high hopes for this Kentucky football team. Admittedly, it was with a few chuckles that I predicted this team to finish the season 9-3. I expected losses to Mississippi State, Georgia, and Tennessee. With one game left in the regular season, the Wildcats are sitting at 7-4, with decisions dropped to Florida, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Georgia. While 7-4 is a pretty good record for UK football, there’s still the cringe-worthy statt that 2 of our losses came in the last minute games and were by a combined three points. This football team is two heartbreaking plays from being 9-2 with a home game against in-state Louisville coming up. Florida and Ole Miss woulda/coulda/shoulda been two wins, but instead they cast a very large shadow in the loss column.
Little Brother Louisville
With all that being said, there is still one very important game left on our schedule. Saturday afternoon, UK has a date with the dirty birds from Louisville. “Little Brother” will be making the 70 mile trip up to Lexington. Both teams sit at 7-4 and each side is looking for a much needed pick-me-up heading into bowl game preparation. After Kentucky’s legendary win over Louisville last year as 27 point underdogs, blue-clad football fans are looking for a repeat as UK takes a giant leap into Louisville Hate Week.
Going up against last year’s Heisman trophy winner, Lamar Jackson, will be a huge task. The Wildcat defense has had a notoriously terrible time combating dual threat quarterbacks throughout the years. In fact, it was against Louisville a few years back when this big issue was discovered. Kentucky was up 3 touchdowns and had injured Louisville’s starting QB. In came Lamar Jackson who walked all over UK to lead the Cards to a win.
Although the lofty preseason hype for the Cards has since died down after having dropped out of the playoff contention early this year, they are still a very strong football team. Lamar Jackson is just so good at this game. Even with a team that is not living up to expectations, Jackson just finds a way to escape from defenses and grab wins.
Home Game=Hyped Crowd
But, this game is at home for Kentucky. The Big Blue Nation will be sending off improbable senior star quarterback, Stephen Johnson. I’m looking for a large loud crowd to help push the Wildcats to come out on top. It won’t be easy and it will be another back and forth game like last year. But that makes it fun (and heart attack inducing). The Cats should win this game 35-31 and finish the regular season 8-4. Not exactly the 9-3 I’d predicted, but pretty damn close. I’ll be spending the rest of this week wearing as much blue as I can get away with, ignoring as many of my Louisville fan friends as possible, and enjoying some holiday fun with my family and friends. I hope all of you reading have a great Thanksgiving and be careful out there to all you Black Friday shoppers.