In late November, I sat in Commonwealth Stadium and watch the Kentucky Wildcats blow a 24-7 lead and lose to the Louisville Cardinals, 38-24. I have to admit, that's about the lowest I've been since Joker Phillips was blown out of CWS by Vanderbilt with about 5,000 onlooking fans.
But this was a different kind of despair. This was a despair that said, "We were just as good as that team, we just didn't play together and we were unprepared." That's what stung. That's what made me throw up my hands and say, "Don't talk to me about this team until they show me something different." After that game, I became more critical of Mark Stoops. I was tired of the excuses and I was tired of the game planning.
I vowed, as many Kentucky fans at the end of that game, to not get excited in the off-season. This was the second time in two seasons that, in my opinion, our most hated rival ended our dreams of going to a bowl game.
But here we are with just over a week until the season starts and I'm as excited as I have ever been for kickoff.
Why am I so excited?
- According to experts, Kentucky has the best secondary in the SEC.
- According to experts, Kentucky has one of the best wide receiver cores in the SEC.
- According to experts, Kentucky has one of the best running back cores in the SEC.
- Kentucky should have one of the best tight ends in the SEC.
- Outside of Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida, the East continues to be the weaker of the two divisions in the SEC.
- I believe in Eddie Gran, Darin Hinshaw, and Lamar Thomas.
- Finally, I'm just ready for some meaningful football.