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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Living In a Football World Edition

It’s been a long time since Kentucky was a thing in football. But coming into the Georgia game, all kinds of history is on the line, including UK’s first real chance at the SEC Championship game.

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies. Also, welcome to Kentucky, the football school.

You know you have arrived when the Gray Lady starts including you in their sports commentary section, especially if your team is in flyover country like Kentucky.

But let’s not get carried away. Kentucky did not look good winning the game on Saturday (note — I just watched it last night, I was at Western’s homecoming this weekend). As improbable and spectacular as the victory was, however, it’s drama could become a trivia question now that it sets up an opportunity for UK to participate in its first ever SEC Championship game.

It will take much better offensive execution to win against the Bulldogs than we saw Saturday, and even though Terry Wilson looked anything but great against Mizzou, Gunnar Hoak is definitely not ready to step into his shoes if his three series against the Tigers are any indication. He was indecisive, inaccurate, and ineffective. He also demonstrated the lack of athleticism that it’s hard to be without once you have it. Wilson has that in spades.

Not that Wilson was great, but that final drive was a solid piece of work, and that final walk-off throw a thing of beauty. Hopefully, that will give him the confidence he seems to be struggling with. To be fair, he had several on-target throws dropped that might’ve made the game a little less dramatic had they been hauled in.

Well, I’m going to enjoy this week, no matter what the outcome of the actual ball game. If you had told me we’d be 7-1 coming into the Georgia game, I might’ve believed you given our schedule. But if you asked me if I’d take 7-2 after Georgia, I’d have said, “Hell yes!”

But 8-1 sounds so much better, doesn’t it?

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Well, Kentucky being an underdog versus just about any SEC team not named Vanderbilt isn’t exactly earth-shattering.

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