Remember When Kentucky Knocked Off #1 LSU in Overtime

The year was 2007. T-Pain wanted to Buy U a Drank, Soulja Boy just taught us how to Crank Dat and Kentucky was about to have their most successful football seasons in a long while. Achieving a 5-1 record and #17 national ranking led the Cats to their biggest test. The #1 LSU Tigers came to Lexington for a battle they did not expect. Kentucky, however, came ready to play.

It was back and forth all game. The Kentucky greats solidified their place in Kentucky history. Names like Andre Woodson, Derrick Locke, Stevie Johnson, Jacob Tamme, Dickie Lyons Jr. and Trevard Lindley all played pivotal roles in knocking off the best team in the country. Relive the whole game here:

The craziest part about this game is that LSU actually had a quarterback that was capable of throwing the ball in Matt Flynn. And even he was no match for the secondary led by Trevard Lindley. Only posting 130 yards to Andre Woodson’s 250.

This team was destined for so much more. Reaching as high as #8 in the rankings, this Kentucky team ended up unranked with a 7-5 record. Eleven year old Wic watching this game though Kentucky was going to at least the SEC Championship, if not a BCS bowl. But Kentucky football is going to Kentucky football, especially before the Mark Stoops era.

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Big Blue Storm

If you would have told me that Kentucky Football was beating LSU, Alabama, Michigan, and even Louisville in recruiting, I would not believe you, not at all. But it’s a different feel in Lexington these days and that is mainly due to Vince Marrow and Mark Stoops. In November 2012, Mark Stoops took over the program and it started off very rocky. In his first year he went 2-10 and then followed it up with two straight 5-7 seasons, barely missing bowl season. Everyone was calling for Mark’s head, including myself but I am forever thankful that Mitch trusts himself more so than the passionate Big Blue Nation.

After his first three years of going a combined 12-24, he started his 2016 season with another disappointing 0-2 before he turned it around. He finished up going up 7-5 defeating Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals in the best way possible. This was followed by another 7-6 season due to another bowl loss and we all know what happened this past season, 10-3 with a Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State. Stoops has given Kentucky fans a wild ride, but the actual ride is only beginning.

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This past weekend, Kentucky stole Izayah Cummings right out of Louisville’s hands. The 7th ranked wide receiver in Kentucky is six foot three with a 37 inch vertical and the sky’s the limit for him. Another commitment this weekend came from Joshua Jones (who picked Kentucky over LSU among others), Ernest Sanders, and Jordan Watkins (picking Kentucky over Louisville again). 2020 is shaping up to be the best class in Kentucky Football history, but none of this would have been possible without last year’s team.

Last year put Kentucky Football on the map. A team that was never expected to win more than 6 games ended up being the team that beat the streak, demolished Louisville, and posted a 5-3 record in the SEC. Josh Allen led the way and became the eleventh top 10 pick in program history and the 17th first rounder. He is the highest Wildcat drafted since Dewayne Robertson in 2003 when he was selected 4th by the Jets. Benny Snell also changed the program, becoming the all time leading rusher as well as posting highs that haven’t been accomplished in so long at Kentucky. Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow have built on all their success. When looking at Allen, the 2 star recruit out of high school, helps Kentucky’s recruiting game more than anyone. Marrow and Stoops built him into a top 10 pick after being a 2 star and it shows the tide is turning at Kentucky.

Kentucky is changing, folks. It is no longer only a basketball school and a big thanks goes to Mark and Vince. With the growth, comes the disrespect which many analyst have already brought on. Not predicting a bowl game, not thinking they’ll get over 6 wins, ranking Terry the worst in the SEC, etc. This only builds the passion of the team. Their feeding this team with tons of bulletin board material as they prepare to shock the world even more. As Michael Jordan once said, “the ceiling is the roof.”

Remember When Kentucky Beat Tennessee with a Wide Receiver at Quarterback

The year was 2011. Kentucky Football was 4-7 entering the final game of the season against Tennessee. That same damn Tennessee team that had bested the Cats for 26 straight years.

With the Vols needing only one win to become bowl eligible and Kentucky missing their top two quarterbacks, Morgan Newton and Maxwell Smith, it looked all too certain that the streak would extend to 27. But then, from the ashes rose Matt Roark… a wide receiver. Joker Phillips made the ridiculous decision to have someone, who had never played a collegiate snap under center, start at quarterback. And it worked.

Roark played a third-option quarterback’s perfect game. Manage the game, move the football, keep turnovers to a minimum and let the defense take care of the rest. He threw for 15 yards on 4-6 passing and no interceptions. He ran for 124 yards on 24 carries and no fumbles. On top of that, the defense stepped up holding Tyler Bray’s Volunteer offense to just 7 points.

The final score was 10-7, UK. The best consolation prize for another season ending without a bowl appearance. Normally, Kentucky fans storm the field after beating a 5-7 team, but this game just meant more. I bet every Kentucky fan can remember where they were when we broke the streak.

If Roark’s stat line sounds familiar, that’s because it should. It is eerily close to what Terry Wilson’s was against Vanderbilt last season.

The Disrespect Continues

Kentucky Football is going through a huge identity change thanks to Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow. We’re not used to expecting a 7-8 win season but they have done that to and for us. We’ve seen idiots like Braden Gall who thinks Terry is the worst in the SEC which is just stupid to even say. We have so called experts saying Kentucky would have to stretch it out to even win 6 games and then we have a new idiot today, Phil Steele. Steele released his bowl game predictions and he did not even include Kentucky in it. What an idiot.

First, Terry Wilson has what it takes to be an elite quarterback. He is tall, athletic, and can run the RPO offense which the NFL seems to be leaning towards. He has the arm to make the downfield threat but you really never know where his ball will go. He has experienced the lowest of lows, including his season opener against Central Michigan where he went 11-18 with only 78 yards and 2 interceptions but he also has had his highlights when he beat Florida at the Swamp by throwing two touchdowns and running for one more. Terry has shown he has what it takes, especially against Kentucky’s rival opponents. To say he is the worst quarterback in the SEC after he led Kentucky into the Swamp to defeat Franks and the Gators to end a long streak. To have Franks ranked above Terry is just as disrespectful as having Terry last.

Second, Kentucky has an easier schedule than last season, ya know when they went 10-3 including a huge Citrus Bowl win. Since then, Kentucky has recruited their asses off, including potentially stealing an Alabama commit in De’Rickey Knight just a week after visiting Kentucky…hmmm. Phil Steele is an idiot. Here were his predictions…

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What an idiot. Kentucky will be better than Tennessee, Florida, Missouri, South Carolina oh and not to mention they went 3-1 against those teams last season. Kentucky is on the rise and the national hate will surely be something to keep an eye on. Just give us every single piece of bulletin board material there is, then we can shove it right back when we finish near the top again. They hate success stories, let’s keep it going.

Terry Wilson Ranked Worst in SEC

Terry Wilson, aka Touchdown Terry, has had his highs and his lows, but he will always be remembered in Kentucky Football history as the quarterback that led Kentucky back to football relevancy. Now, I have never been a fan of Terry Wilson. I think it’s fair to say he underperformed last season but even at that level, he led Kentucky to 10 wins. Well as we approach the season, Kentucky fans have a new enemy and his name is Braden Gall from ESPN Nashville.

Braden Gall is someone who thinks his word is the bible, so in trying to gain some twitter interaction he has begun ranking his QB’s in every league of College Football. Now, in order to get the most interaction you attack the best fan base right? That’s exactly as he did as he ranks Terry as the worst quarterback in the SEC. You know, the same Terry that led the Wildcats to a 5-3 record in the SEC last season and the same Terry who battled through injury all last season. This dude is a buffoon.

Terry Wilson has what it takes to be an elite quarterback. He is tall, athletic, and can run the RPO offense which the NFL seems to be leaning towards. He has the arm to make the downfield threat but you really never know where his ball will go. He has experienced the lowest of lows, including his season opener against Central Michigan where he went 11-18 with only 78 yards and 2 interceptions but he also has had his highlights when he beat Florida at the Swamp by throwing two touchdowns and running for one more. Terry has shown he has what it takes, especially against Kentucky’s rival opponents. To say he is the worst quarterback in the SEC after he led Kentucky into the Swamp to defeat Franks and the Gators to end a long streak. To have Franks ranked above Terry is just as disrespectful as having Terry last.

It’s sad to see national media getting so scared of the Cats. They look like cowards and they absolutely should be scared. The rise of Kentucky Football has just begun…be ready for more slander in the future.

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Kentucky Football Is Changing

Kentucky has finally turned the tide on their football program with a huge thanks going to Vince Marrow and Mark Stoops, of course. In November 2012, Mark Stoops took over the program and it started off very rocky. In his first year he went 2-10 and then followed it up with two straight 5-7 seasons, barely missing bowl season. Everyone was calling for Mark’s head, including myself but I am forever thankful that Mitch trusts himself more so than the passionate Big Blue Nation.

After his first three years of going a combined 12-24, he started his 2016 season with another disappointing 0-2 before he turned it around. He finished up going up 7-5 defeating Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals in the best way possible. This was followed by another 7-6 season due to another bowl loss and we all know what happened this past season, 10-3 with a Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State. Stoops has given Kentucky fans a wild ride, but the actual ride is only beginning.

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I never thought these next words would be in the same sentence, but in 2019 Mark Stoops is challenging Nick Saban and Alabama for more than a few recruits. Stoops is fighting hard for four star linebacker Quandarrius Robinson, who many say is Alabama’s to lose mainly because he is the 28th ranked prospect and is in Saban’s backyard. Not only are they trying for Robinson, but today they are hosting three star Joshua Jones…another Alabama commit. The fact that Kentucky has been able to land these visits as well as constantly getting into people’s head is just amazing. And it proved that Kentucky is changing their culture and they were able to do so with Justin Rogers…who Alabama just happens to be hosting this week.

Justin Rogers is the highest commit Kentucky has ever had. He committed to Kentucky over a plethora of schools but right after that, Alabama began their push. Now Kentucky has gone against Bama before with Matt Elam and Damien Harris, gaining the lesser of the two. But this is nothing new for Marrow and Stoops. To change the program they need to do it one step at a time and right now, it starts with keeping Rogers and stealing a few from Alabama.

Can Kentucky Football Hit the Over on Projected Wins?

The over/under for Kentucky football’s projected win total for the 2019 season has been all over the place. We’ve seen it set anywhere between 6.5 and all the way up to 8.5 total wins. It seems like there are some sportsbooks that really don’t want to get burned by another stellar Kentucky season while others still have yet to accept that basketball schools can also be good at football. Either way, this season looks like another one for the books.

But how confident should BBN be about the upcoming season? Touchdown Terry is looking good. AJ Rose could rival Benny Snell. Lynn Bowden will be absolutely electric. But can they hit the over on the projected win total? As always, I am here to argue @soft7sports and @Soft7Wic.

Projected win total from 247Sports is 7.5. This is the one I’ll use since it falls in the middle of the range. Now, for the schedule.

Aug 31- vs. Toledo
Sep 7- vs. Eastern Michigan
Sep 14- vs. Florida
Sep 21- @ Mississippi State
Sep 28- @ South Carolina
Oct 12- vs. Arkansas
Oct 19- @ Georgia
Oct 26- vs. Missouri
Nov 9- vs. Tennessee
Nov 16- @ Vanderbilt
Nov 23- vs. UT Martin
Nov 30- vs Louisville

The Gimme’s, Locks, and Probable Blowouts
Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, UT Martin, and Louisville all look like guaranteed wins. I don’t like to count out opponents before the season even starts, but there is nothing about these teams that pose any kind of threat.

Almost Definite Losses
Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi State could be rough games for the Cats. I am not saying that UK is completely out, but winning these games is incredibly unlikely given the inexperience at defense.

Crucial Contests
South Carolina, Missouri, and Tennessee are extremely important games. Kentucky will have to win two of these games to hit over 7.5 wins. UK is on a hot streak against South Carolina and there is no reason to expect that to change. Especially with Jake Bentley (more like Jake Kia) at QB. Missouri will be tough with the addition of Kelly Bryant. Total toss up of a game. And Tennessee is the same as Mizzou. While Tennessee did not add a terrible amount of talent, they also did not lose hardly anybody. After all, they were the only SEC team to not put a single player in the NFL Draft.

So, how do you bet? Well, if you are a Kentucky fan, do not bet the under. It’s going to be a sad season if you are rooting for your own team not to win 7 games. Put money on Kentucky going 8-4. The crucial contest games will come down to the wire and they will win two of them. Probably against South Carolina and Tennessee.

Take the over and let’s go bowling again, BBN.