Good morning, BBN!
We all know that this upcoming football season has a chance to be a big one, but just how big could next season be? How can the Kentucky Wildcats make history?
Here are five big ones. Let’s hope they pull some of these feats off, because they would be very impressive:
1. Win in Starkville
While Kentucky has defeated Mississippi State three times under Stoops, they’ve all been wins at home. They’ve never won on the Bulldogs’ turf in the Stoops era (last win there with Rich Brooks in ‘08), but this might be their best chance yet after a lackluster first year of Mike Leach. The only wrinkle is that they play them right after a trip to Georgia, which always drains the ‘Cats.
2. Go back-to-back against the Vols
Now this would be awesome! The ‘Cats haven’t beaten the Vols in consecutive seasons since 1976 and 1977. A win in Lexington this fall would signal a changing of the guard in the rivalry, as it would make the ‘Cats 3-2 in their last five meetings.
3. Make it 6-in-a-row vs. Vandy
From 1976-1981 the ‘Cats beat Vanderbilt six times in a row, and now they have a chance to do it again. This is their longest active SEC winning streak, and their only good one left after losing the South Carolina and Missouri ones. With the way the Commodores have been playing, the ‘Cats better extend this streak to 10 or 12 before letting it go.
4. Win a 4th consecutive bowl game (and 6th trip)
This would be a big one. Kentucky has NEVER won four bowl games in a row, much less four in four seasons. They’ve also never gone to bowls in six consecutive seasons. Big history at stake here.
5. Have an all-time winning record
628 wins, 632 losses, and 44 ties. That’s the summation of Kentucky football going all the way back to 1881. If they go 9-4, they’ll be 637-636. Wouldn’t it be weird to say that Kentucky’s won more games than they’ve lost? That’ll hopefully be the case very soon.