Heading into this week's return to SEC competition the Cats are looking to build onto that steamrolling of Jacksonville State last week. And, although the Cats may not have impressed everyone with their performance, Dan Mullen has seemingly taken a look at the cats and disseminated their difficulties and made this conclusion:
"One of the issues has been turnover ratio and I think that is what's giving them their negative results," Mullen said. "All of a sudden, you take away their turnovers, they're a pretty hot team right now."
God Bless you Dan Mullen.
While Mullen's assessment is spot on in that turnovers have killed the Cats all year, it is far from the answer to all their woes. He does point out that even though the Cats have struggled, their bye-week layoff, combined with an FCS opponent, have given the Cats a much needed respite which has helped them to address some of the problems they have been facing.
"They had a bye week going into that game and got some things settled down, came out, responded and put up big numbers," Mullen said.
And while coachspeak is nothing hew to the Cats faithful, considering we have the guru of all coachspeak right here in John "I may tell you everything you know, just not everything I know" Calipari, Mullen may indeed be rightly concerned that the Cats are on the verge of breaking out of the coffin they built themselves over the first few weeks of the season. Either way, Mullen is smart enough not to rile anyone considering his own squad's difficulties. After all, they have more SEC losses than UK and have had some of the very same struggles that the Cats have had to play through.
Mullen also points out that the games between UK and Mississippi State are usually a serious war.
"Kentucky plays us tough every single year," Mullen said. "It usually comes down to the last play of the game. I imagine it's going to be another brawl this year."
It may be ugly, it may be painful, but it most assuredly won't be for nothing as one of these two teams is going to no longer be winless in the SEC. Let's hope that the friendly (albeit not crowded) confines of Commonwealth Stadium will be enough to put the Cats in the win column.
Read the rest of Mullen's assessments here.