Winnable games. It may be the most overused and useless idea in Kentucky football. Easy winnable game against lowly Central Michigan? A nailbiter to the end. Unwinnable game against mighty Georgia? Cats win. Where is the logic?
Case in point, at 1 pm ET today at Commonwealth Stadium, the gridiron Cats take aim at Vanderbilt for win No. 6 on the season, which would make them not only bowl eligible, but would ensure no worse than a .500 mark in the conference this season -- a feat that sure seemed unattainable when UK was unable to corral a final desperation pass against South Carolina a few weeks ago.
But with last week's momentum-building victory over Georgia, Kentucky rests at third place in the SEC East with two to play. Not bad, Mr. Brooks, not bad.
But Vanderbilt, despite a 1-5 conference mark to this point, does own a win over the same Georgia team, and between the hedges, no less. So a road game at UK isn't going to scare them much.
Last week, it was the much-maligned defense that came through in the clutch, while the Kentucky offense did enough to win. This week, a powerful offensive game could be enough to blow past the Commodores, even if the defense can't replicate its strong showing. Hopefully, though, it will take the same passion and fight it had last week.
If nothing else, a win would make the Cats bowl-eligible, and would shut the yappers of the naysayers like myself, a feat that I would absolutely love to see happen.
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