With the Cats coming off a heartbreaking defeat Saturday night to the Ole Miss Rebels, I thought it would be a good idea to not dwell on the past but continue to look forward as Kentucky still has a real shot at finishing the regular season 8-4.
I understand that the fans are going to remember last week for a long time but for the players they must have a short-term memory and get ready to take on Vanderbilt this week. The Cats will travel to face off with the Commodores Saturday at 4:00 PM on the SEC Network.
Vanderbilt is coming in with a 4-5 record with losses to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, and South Carolina. According to Sports-Reference, the Commodores are giving up 191 yards through the air, 214 on the ground and 405 yards total on average per game.
Sounds like another game to keep feeding Benny Snell the ball. Although the Cats are a 3-point underdog this week this is a game that Kentucky has a good shot at winning and this is probably a game that most fans believe we should win.
Then, Kentucky has to go on the road to face the current number 1 team in the nation Georgia Bulldogs. It was announced that this will be the 3:30 CBS game in two weeks.
This will be a tough environment for Kentucky to head into and play a team that has been demolishing SEC opponents all season. Georgia is a team that does most of their work on the ground and they have the backs to do it with Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. Sports-Reference shows that the Bulldogs are averaging 279 yards on the ground and a total of 446 while only allowing on average a total of 254 yards. Kentucky will need all the stars to line up in order to go into Sanford Stadium and pull off the upset.
To finish off the season Kentucky will host a Louisville team that has been struggling this season (except for Lamar Jackson). Louisville currently sits at 5-4 with games against Virginia and Syracuse before the match-up with Kentucky.
After seeing the way Louisville has looked at times this season it is impossible to chalk either of these games up a win for the Cardinals. Louisville’s defense has struggled this season stopping the pass at nearly 260 yards per game, but has been solid when it comes to the stopping the ground game.
Kentucky can very well win this game, especially if the defense can find a way to slow down the Cardinals offense who is averaging over 500 total yards a game.
While the loss to Ole Miss stings and has a lot of the fanbase down we must remember that we still have winnable games left on the schedule and a win this Saturday puts the Cats in a great position to head into the bowl season with an 8-4 record, something we haven’t seen a Kentucky football team do very often.