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While the Kentucky Wildcat’s loss to Georgia likely ended their SEC East title hopes, a historic season is still very much within reach for Mark Stoops and his Cats.
Remember, Kentucky has just three 10+ win seasons in program history (11 in 1950, 10 in 1977 and 10 in 2018), so hitting that mark this season would make for a banner season, even if the Cats did just accomplish it three years ago.
If Kentucky loses just one more game and finishes with a 10-2 mark, then winning the bowl game would lead to the Wildcats’ first 11-win season since the 11-1 team in 1950.
But looking at the rest of the schedule, the opportunity is absolutely there for Kentucky to win out and finish 11-1, which would be the best regular-season finish in program history.
Do that and win the bowl game, then we’re talking about the program’s first ever 12-win season.
So yeah, while Kentucky may not win their division, the history that is still within reach absolutely exceeds that.
But first thing’s first. Get rested up during the bye, and beat Mississippi State.
Tweet of the Day:
For one of my former high school coaches and the current guards at Ballard High School to see my smile on the wall in the men’s locker room at UK really brings life full circle for me. When you have vision, heart, desire and discipline, anything is possible. @FOCUS_Bball pic.twitter.com/AFuntm4LV1— Twany Beckham (@agentTwany) October 17, 2021
You love seeing it!
I’m hearing UK is tinkering with idea of selling only “paper cups” of water/milk to visitor sections at the stadium when UT comes to UK Nov. 6. Mustard will be available only in individual packets for . If it works, it becomes a SEC policy . . Okay, I’m trolling. @Lane_Kiffin pic.twitter.com/HLLAPX8LAM— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) October 17, 2021
Kentucky lost to Georgia again. What can the Wildcats still achieve this season?
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On Kentucky: "I am not going to punish the Wildcats too much for losing to Georgia. The Bulldogs are the best team in the country, by far. They shut down Kentucky’s running game, which has been its bread and butter all year. The SEC’s leading rusher, Chris Rodriguez Jr., was held to 7 yards on 7 carries. That’s how good the Dawgs are on defense. This still can be a special season for the Wildcats. They’ll have a chance to get back on track on Oct. 30 at Mississippi State after an off week in Week 8."
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