Good morning to all of the BBN reading audience.
Yesterday we finally were given the SEC conference only football schedule and, boy, it’s a doozy. The Kentucky Wildcats will have their work cut out for them with this:
2020 #SECFB Non-Divisional Opponents— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) August 7, 2020
Eastern Division ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/2yCNdU0qI6
Of course the Cats will also have to play Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri, and Vanderbilt.
So what kind of record are you expecting with the ‘Cats? Some have said that 5-5 would be a good season but I disagree. 5-5 means the only teams that UK will beat are the ones they are supposed to beat. Considering the confidence surrounding the talent and depth of this team, 5-5 wouldn’t be good enough.
For me, 6-4 would be a fine season. But for Kentucky football to take it to the next level, 7-3 should be the target. I lean more towards 6-4 for the moment, but if Joey Gatewood is ever made eligible, then I’ll go with 7-3. Gatewood gives the Cats more clarity at the quarterback position as well as options.
And look: I get it. That schedule is tough. But for YEARS we have been saying “this isn’t the same old Kentucky”. Coach Stoops has been saying “this isn’t the same old Kentucky”. The players have been saying “this isn’t the same old Kentucky”. 5-5 or worse would be the same old Kentucky.
Don’t let your previous conceptions of Kentucky football cloud your optimism. It’s OK to want more from your football team. Don’t let other fans drag down your high expectations with excuse making about this schedule.
Tweets of the Day
The SEC bringing Alabama its schedule like pic.twitter.com/aWsoC8Cjm7— BUM CHILLUPS, NPR CLASS PUNDIT (@edsbs) August 7, 2020
Hey! The Cats are no pushover!
Kenny Payne going to the Knicks is a real possibility....should know this week— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) August 8, 2020
Would hate to lose Kenny Payne but I would completely understand the move to the NBA. If it happens then #BringBackCoachO.
This year's @UKFootball team will join the 1955 Mississippi State football team as the only teams to ever have true SEC road games at Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and Tennessee in the same season (that Mississippi State team was 2-2 in those 4 games)— Corey Price (@coreyp08) August 8, 2020
Bring it on!
SEC winners and losers | CBS- Missouri and Arkansas sure got raked over the coals with their added opponents.
UK should be 5-5 at worst | LHL- I agree with this take 100%.
Trevor Lawrence still all in for Clemson | ESPN- Trevor Lawrence is expected to be in heavy contention for the Heisman Trophy and being the number one draft pick in 2021. Many players are opting out due to COVID concerns but he is planning to play the entire season.
SEC outlines COVID testing plans | Vaught’s Views- Mandatory masks and lots of testing.
Ranking 10 SEC opponents | Courier-Journal- This shakes out pretty much how you think it would.
Draymond Green wants Booker out of Phoenix | Sporting News- Devin Booker’s star continues to rise in the NBA and Draymond Green understands how Phoenix has been a mess. But, right now, the Suns are the only undefeated team since the NBA restart.
Former UNC basketball player expelled for sex-assault claims | USA Today- Jalek Felton was dismissed in 2018 for sexual assault claims. Chargers were never filed and of course this was buried by UNC.