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at 19:00, EDT timezone (-0400 GMT)
There’s all this talk about Kentucky and bowls and eligibility and where the Cats might go and whom the Cats might play.
I can tell you right here and now that this year Kentucky’s bowl game will once again be played in Tennessee.
The Cats don’t need to be bowl-eligible to play there.
Yes, the Kentucky-Tennessee game on Nov. 27 in Neyland Stadium is the game the Big Blue Nation is truly anticipating.
To be sure, the Cats need to handle matters this Saturday and notch the season’s obligatory sixth triumph by flogging feeble Vanderbilt.
How feeble? The Commodores are last in the SEC in both total offense, total defense and scoring offense. On the bright side, they are 11th in scoring defense.
Last week, in a 55-14 drubbing by visiting Florida, the Commodores punted 12 times. Poor punter Richard Kent — get this man a leg massage — is on pace to break the team record for most punts in a season, a record set last season.
The ‘Dores are converting just 20.7 percent of their third-down opportunities. Next worst among SEC teams in that category is Tennessee. The Volunteers are converting at a 35.6 percent clip.
Need we go on?
How did Vanderbilt beat Ole Miss in Oxford all the way back on Sept. 18?
Houston Nutt, you have some explaining to do.
Joker Phillips will have some explaining to do, too, should the Cats slip Saturday. We shall excuse last Saturday’s near slip. It’s tough for any SEC school to get up for an FCS team, especially one that lost 66-7 to Hawaii. Playing a flat game against a bad FCS team is one thing, being unprepared for an SEC foe — even one by membership only — with something on the line, is another thing.
I find this article to be the height of stupidity. It’s a joke. My opinion is that THE JOKE already has some explaining to do. Like how “Operation Win” turned into Operation Failure with one of the easiest schedules that UK will face for a while.
This was supposed to be a year in which UK graduated to a bigger Bowl picture. Instead, Neyland and the possible defeat of a downtrodden Vols team is THE BOWL GAME of 2010.
WHAT A JOKE!
At least the name fits.
The “Bowl Game” to which UK Football is looking forward is the game at Knoxville?
It’s an admission that UK Football is so bad that they can’t win against a quality opponent. UK must win this year while UT is down or miss it’s chance at breaking that streak.
UK Football is so terrible that they’re looking forward to going down to Neyland Stadium and defeating (or attempting to defeat) the Volunteers. A Tennessee Vol Team in disarray. A UT Football team on it’s 3rd coach in as many season. A team depleted by scholarship reductions, defections and any number of scandals and problems.
That’s how awesome UK Football truly has become under Rich Brookes.
Now! Dont get me wrong. Rich Brooks did an incredible job of pulling UK Football out of the dregs. He took UK Football from the bottom of the SEC to a respectable bottom of the SEC. And that was a HUGE improvement. That’s how terrible UK was. Now, UK is a threat to actually beat the 2nd Tier Teams of the SEC and to occasionally defeat a #1 LSU team. They’ve done it. They defeated UGa two years in a row. They picked off Auburn last year. They finally took out Spurrier and the Cocks this year.
The only problem is that UK has no depth. They lose one or two key players and the year is over. The year that they beat #1 LSU. They went on to lose the next three games. Why? Injuries.
Why can’t UK recruit? I don’t know. They get decent kids. They just never have enough get over the hump and to stay there. Recruiting kills UK.
Now, we’ve got The Joke and Operation Win. No more moral victories. The Failed First Season.
I don’t see anything that’s changed. Some of the UK fans whom I know rave about The Joke. I don’t see it. What UK needs is something to bring in the recruits. Usually, that’s a head coach. I see Joker Philips simply continuing to bring in the same kind of recruits that Brooks brought in. An occasional gem but no depth.
That’s not going to build UK Football into a powerhouse nor is it going to bring UK Football out of the “respectable basement” of the SEC. It’s simply going to maintain the status quo.
Bottom line. I’m not excited about defeating a down in the dumps Tennessee Vol team. Sure, it would be nice to kick the SOBs while their down. It’s just that I’d like to see a Kentucky Football Team that can go into Neyland in a UT Vol Championship year and kick their butts. I’d like to see a Kentucky Football program that is feared in the SEC. Not just a team that the other SEC programs shouldn’t overlook.
Problem is. The UKAA doesn’t want this and UK Football fans don’t know what they want. And if UK Football fans did know what they wanted, they wouldn’t have the necessary courage and fortitude to do anything about it. The sporting world is full of chumps.
If you need any evidence of that: There are still UK Basketball fans who love Tubby TLT Smith. (They’re usually the same stupid SOBs who don’t want to hear anything but positivity about UK Football.)