The month of November is quickly approaching, and per DraftKings, the University of Kentucky Wildcats football team is listed at +2500 odds to win the College Football Playoff.
Long-time Wildcat fans know all too well just how completely outlandish that sounds — considering we are already past Week 7.
There are so many unbelievable statements that could be made about just how special this season has already been in comparison to decades past.
But Mark Stoops and his staff aren’t done yet. The motivation now moves to securing an 11-1 season record, positioning themselves for the best bowl scenario possible.
After UK’s 30-13 loss on the road in Athens, it’s hard to see a path for them to make the CFP.
But it’s still possible.
This midseason bye week should allow time for players to physically and mentally prepare for the back-half of the season.
To make things more interesting, the Cats should benefit heavily from what is one of the easiest remaining college football schedules of any team in America.
But not so fast — a trip to Starkville taking on Mississippi State is never a gimme, especially since Kentucky hasn’t won there since 2008. So it’ll be critical that Mark Stoops has his guys ready to play. We’ve seen just what this team can do under the lights at Kroger Field, but replicating that same energy on the road in the SEC isn’t an easy task.
Losing two in a row would be a major gut-punch to a fan base that remains on cloud nine in support of their 6-1 Cats. The expectation is that UK will walk on the field rested up and ready to play.
Barring a complete disaster, this has the potential to be one of the more special teams in the history of the University.
The question now becomes just how special that’ll be.
Kentucky will likely be favored in each of its remaining five games, so it’s up to them to handle business and potentially make a New Year's Six Bowl.