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This actually IS the most important game of Mark Stoops’ career

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We’ve said this before this season: “Is this the most important game of HCMS’ career?” “This may be the most important game of HCMS’ career?” Time to remove the questions and maybes: this absolutely is the most important game of Mark Stoops’ career to date at Kentucky.

Why? Because I can’t even remember the last time we won four straight SEC games? (Someone in our brilliant community here at ASoB has that tidbit at their fingertips, and I encourage them to shout it out in the comments.) Because walking into Neyland Stadium with bowl status, and a lead in the SEC East standings firmly in hand will do wonders for this team’s confidence? Because the Big Blue Nation is just dying to prove UK can be a football school too?

All of the above are great reasons, but more than that, a win tonight represents the culmination of the hopes, dreams, and sacrifices made by every player who bought into Stoops’ mission. Every ounce of sweat, every tear, every injury can be seen as justified if the team wins tonight.

And we can win. We’ll have to do a lot of things brilliantly. Our run game may be slaughtered by the UGA defense. Our defense may be gashed by their run game. Both quarterbacks may be hamstrung by their OLines. But unlike Georgia, we are playing at home in front of a (hopefully) packed and crazy Commonwealth. We have momentum on our side. And we have a team who has shown us they can rise from despair to deliver when called upon.

Tonight at 6:30 on the SEC Network: be ready for a SEC battle of the ages.

Until the Call...Go Big Blue!