It is officially a new era of UK Football
Times are changing with the football program at the University of Kentucky. I think that most fans would agree that in years past (maybe, decades) that any good news associated with UK football was quickly met with harsh reality in some form of disappointment. That is no longer the case as Mark Stoops has his team 5-0, ranked 13th nationally, and quite possibly the best player in America on the roster. This is the highest ranking for a Kentucky football team since 2007 when Andre Woodson and company made it up to 8th nationally. The Cats have risen to every challenge so far this year and are setting up this season to become even more special than it already is.
Kentucky is ranked 13th. Let's party like it's 2007
— Jake Nazar (@ATVS_JakeNazar) September 30, 2018
In Saturday’s domination of South Carolina there was never a point in the game where I felt as if Kentucky was going to falter. Previously the UK football fan in me would not have allowed myself to feel over confident in beating an SEC opponent not named Vanderbilt. But now, myself and most other fans are expecting a victory no matter who is on the schedule. This week’s match-up will be no different when Kentucky heads to College Station for a game against first head coach Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies.
As the fans may be boasting with unprecedented confidence, much of the college football world is still not showing the Cats the respect they have earned this season. As of noon on Monday, ESPN has Texas A&M as a 6.5 point favorite and are giving the Aggies a 68% chance to win.
Home field advantage is a big deal but how many times is is going to take before these odd makers learn that Kentucky football is for real?
The Georgia Game
Let’s talk about it. The seemingly unavoidable showdown with the Georgia Bulldogs for the SEC East title is becoming more of a likely scenario after each week passes.
Before we go any further, just close your eyes and imagine this. It’s Saturday morning, November 3rd, you wake up earlier than usual because you are excited. You are excited because Kentucky football will be playing in primetime on CBS against the Georgia Bulldogs with a trip to the SEC Championship on the line. This is now no longer some fantasy, not only could it happen, I think at this point, it is the expectation that UK’s home game against Georgia next month will be to decide the SEC East.
Obviously Kentucky needs to take care of business and make sure they are in that position but right now it is looking good. Even with a loss at Texas A&M the Cats will still be set up well to stay even with Georgia in the standings. A game to keep your eye on will be when Georgia travels to LSU on 10/13. Should the Bulldogs slip up and lose, the freaking SEC East title will be there waiting for Mark Stoops and team. All Kentucky fans should be cheering mercilessly for the Georgia Bulldogs to lose a conference game.
After this weekend, Georgia plays these games back-to-back-to-back-to-back.
3 on the road.
@ #5 LSU
@ #22 Florida
@ #13 Kentucky
vs #8 Auburn
— blakejmorgan (@blakejmorgann) September 30, 2018
September comes to an end and the #Dawgs head into October with a perfect 5-0 record sitting at No. 2 in the country.
Let’s keep it rolling. Tough stretch coming with Vandy, #5 LSU, #22 Florida, #13 Kentucky and then #8 Auburn.
The hype for that game under those circumstances would be an all-timer for Kentucky fans.
The team has to take it one game at a time and it starts with beating Texas A&M on Saturday.
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