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Kentucky Wildcats Football: SEC Network Picks UK as Dark Horse in East

The national confidence in the Cats is starting to build, but is it justified?

NCAA Football: Kentucky at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

The hype around the Kentucky Wildcats football team is as high as it’s been in recent memory.

Coming off of a 7-5 record and a New Year’s Eve bowl game along with the fact that the team is returning the bulk of its starters on both sides of the ball, one can understand the excitement around the team.

SEC Network analysts Jordan Rodgers, Chris Doering, and Gene Chizik discussed the expectations of Kentucky. While Chizik favored the South Carolina Gamecocks as his Dark Horse, both Rodgers and Doering said the ‘Cats have the ability to win nine game, go into the game vs the Florida Gators at 3-0, and ultimately play for the SEC East Championship on September 23rd.

John Clay from the Lexington Herald-Leader posed the question “Are we being too positive about Kentucky football?”

Here’s the contrarian question: Is the coverage too positive?

This is Kentucky football, after all, a program with a long history of struggling to win on a consistent basis. It’s the same Kentucky that hasn’t produced a winning record in SEC play since 1977, that suffered through five straight losing seasons before finally reaching the elusive six-win mark last season.

These are good points posed by Clay and I echo many of them when I discussed the difficulty of winning seven or eight games with the schedule the ‘Cats have this season.

One thing is for certain, Mark Stoops isn’t listening to any of this. He’s not a fan of the “Talking Season”, which is rapidly coming to an end. Before long, Kentucky is going to have to prove it on the field.

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