Kentucky football, long relegated to a pastime before basketball, has finally gotten to the point where we win the games we're supposed to win. Since following Kentucky from the John Ray days at Stoll Field I have always had the feeling of dread going into every season wondering when things would blow up, fold up or throw up as they inevitably would. Not this year.
Coach Brooks talks about taking that next step. He's referring to being competitive and winning in the SEC. Before that occurs there's that baby step of winning the games you're suppose to win; then you're primed to make those "upsets" for Papa's next step.
Louisville is a game we’re supposed to win and we will win. Any way you look at it Kentucky wins this game because we’ve finally grown up, football is here to stay. Even the so-called experts that pick us at or near the bottom of the SEC expect us to beat Louisville. The betting line is around two touchdowns, that is just a number picked so betting will be evenly split for Kentucky and Louisville. The actual spread is going to be +/- 5 points from the betting line that still puts us as the victor.
If we're going to eat crow for losing this game, we deserve it and we deserve to return to the basement of the SEC for another ten years. This is not just the next game, not just a rivalry game - it's proof that we’ve reached our next step. Should Kentucky lose this game, the program needs to take a hard look in the mirror. Real teams don't lose because the "Louisville came to play", "wanted it worse", "we didn’t respond to the pressure" or any other reason.
Fans should talk about winning some games before the game with an air of confidence. This is one of those games.
When I went to UK, we only played Louisville in basketball. I moved away from Kentucky, lost touch with the program and when I renewed my interest a few years ago was amazed at the depth of hate for all things red. Fine by me but this game is not about Louisville, it’s about Kentucky. Anytime Kentucky suits up when they’re a significant favorite, I expect them to win. It’s what good teams do.