Probably not, but hear me out.
Like every college football fan, I get my hopes way too high at the beginning of the season just to be let down and leave me asking, “why do I do this to myself?” Because I love it, dammit. I love getting hyped about every college football season and I’ll be damned if I don’t find a way to do it again. Thanks to the SEC Network that has become possible.
Peter Burns and Chris Doering went through every SEC team’s schedule. In true SEC Network form, they wildly overstated every program’s possible ceiling. They had Kentucky at 8-4, but subtly mentioned that two of those losses were winnable. So, why did I blindly believe that Kentucky was going to have their first 10-win season since 1977? Why did I believe a random TV personality’s take when he gave zero support to back himself up? Because that is the kind of sheep I am when it comes to football.
Kentucky is a lot better of a team than they are getting credit for. On defense, the cats are returning starters that will have a huge impact in the SEC. A linebacker core of Jordan Jones, Josh Allen, and Kash Daniel, then a secondary led by Mike Edwards seems like a damn good crew especially for the SEC East. The offense is not far behind. CJ Conrad is a top 3 Tight End for the sake of this column. Benny Snell is the SEC’s leading rusher from a year ago. And, now we have Touchdown Terry Wilson at quarterback who may be the fastest person in the commonwealth of Kentucky.
Side note: If I see any football player whose name begins with “T,” they will most likely be referred to as “touchdown *insert name.”
Let’s get into the schedule and discuss the wins and losses. Kentucky will lose to Georgia and Mississippi State. That’s just how it is. It be like that sometimes. The rest of the games are winnable though. Kentucky did not have the best game against Central Michigan, but I almost want to guarantee wins against the rest of their opponents except for Florida and Texas A&M. Texas A&M is a complete toss up especially with Jimbo Fisher in his first year of a new program. Finally, there is Florida. It has been 31 years since UK has won a game against them. This year… it ends.