The Kentucky Wildcats are a perfect 4-0 on the season and a perfect 2-0 in the SEC, but the road to get to those wins has been far from perfect. While Kentucky is one of the few teams in the conference left with an unblemished record, they still have a great deal to work on in order to have a chance against a VERY good Florida Gators team this Saturday.
Kentucky’s defense was lights out against the South Carolina Gamecocks last night. Shane Beamer’s team couldn’t muster a running game and had very limited success with Luke Doty throwing the football. The pass rush was much improved and Marquan McCall did a fantastic job clogging up the middle. He had his best game as a Kentucky Wildcat.
But the offense...oh the offense. After two good performances against ULM and Missouri, the offense has been a mess. The turnovers have been mind-numbingly bad and Will Levis’ efficiency has been spotty at best. They’ve left the door open to teams like Chattanooga and South Carolina because of turning the ball over and stalling on offense. That can’t happen against Florida or Dan Mullen’s team will burn them every single time.
The Cats have this week to get things in order. Crisp, efficient, and focused need to the the buzz words around practice this week. The worry is that, four games into the season, this is what this offense is and this is what this offense is going to be for the rest of the season. Is it better than what we are used to? Potentially yes it is. But Kentucky has to figure it out and put it together because playtime is over. The meat of the schedule is here and it could be a long October if they don’t minimize the mistakes.
Enjoy the win. Get ready for the Gators.
Tweets of the Day
The crowd for the Missouri game was great. The one for Florida is going to be even better.
Kentucky-Florida picked up for 6 p.m. ET kickoff on ESPN next week at Kroger Field.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) September 26, 2021
Cats and Gators get the primetime spot on ESPN. A lot of eyeballs are going to be on this game. Buckle up!
Cats keep winning despite turnovers worsening | Cats Pause- If the turnovers don’t stop, the winning will. Two scoring drives were stalled because of two Josh Ali fumbles and Levis missed a free running Wan’Dale Robinson with an interception. That’s 21 potential points left on the field.
Mark Stoops breaks SEC win record at UK | KSR- Stoops now has the lead in SEC wins at UK with 26 after beating South Carolina last night. The previous was held by Frank Curci with 25.
Glass half full, glass half empty | SDS- I think this is how most fans are viewing this team right now. There are some really bright spots but the deficiencies are glaring.
4-0 and 2-0 are the numbers that really matter | Vaught’s Views- This is the “glass half full” approach.
UK moves to 4-0 | WDRB- The Cats have taken care of business and they are where we thought they would be. The road is exponentially more difficult over the next three weeks.
Mark Stoops’ postgame comments | Cats Illustrated- Mark Stoops was very pleased with his defense’s performance but was very annoyed by the turnovers that his offense continues to give away.
Florida crushes Tennessee 38-14 | Alligator Army- Florida was messing around with the Vols and went in the half up 17-14. Then the second half happened.
Defense rises to the occasion for the Cats | UK Athletics- QB pressure and aggressiveness are the two things that stood out to me in regards to the defense. This was a Mark Stoops style game if there ever was one: low scoring, run heavy and defense dominant.
Skyy Clark ahead of schedule with knee injury | State Journal- This is great news for the Kentucky bound five star combo guard.
College football winners and losers | CBS- Arkansas was a big time winner yesterday with a massive win over #7 Texas A&M while the big dogs in the ACC were just downright B-A-D in losses yesterday. Wake Forrest, NC State or Boston College look like they’re the favorites to win the ACC. Blech.
Who to start in Fantasy Football Week 3 | Sporting News- Get those lineups set for today!
Bowling Green gets the best of Minnesota on and off the field | USA Today- Not only did Bowling Green beat Minnesota at their place, they were paid $1.45 million to do it. That’s a pretty good day.