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Enjoy the ride

Expectations may rise, but the most important thing for fans to do is simply enjoy the journey as it goes.

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If you told me before the season started that the Wildcats would be 4-0 and beat both Florida (in Gainesville) and Mississippi State to reach that, I probably would’ve laughed at you. Not because I didn’t have faith in the team and coaching staff, but because of the many hopeful years I’ve had in the past. It’s hard to simply not think about the years we’ve expected so much, but received so little.

It was always fun to imagine what a 4-0 start, a potential Heisman hopeful and a win against Florida would feel like as a fan. Not many of us know what the combination of that feels like. Well, now we all do and I’ll be the first one to say it feels a lot better than I ever imagined.

Sure, Kentucky fans know what winning is like. The basketball team has graced us with that for many many years. But this…this is a different feeling. This is the feeling of being a part of a fanbase that has been through the lowest of lows playing in the toughest league in the nation, to now experiencing some of the highest of highs in the same league.

We’ve watched Mark Stoops build this program from the ground up, all while complaining on Twitter that he should be fired after his first few years. Who am I kidding, Kentucky fans on Twitter were calling for his job last season.

Now, how crazy do they seem?

While Saturday’s game against the South Carolina Gamecocks is a sell-out and will be an exciting game all around, it needs to be stated that even if they do lose this game, the fanbase cannot lose hope in the team.

This is a fun team to watch, and even if things don’t go as planned this weekend, it’s not over. I only say this because I’ve been apart of the fanbase my entire 25 years and know how easy it is for some people to jump ship. We’ve all seen it happen.

This is not a team you should jump ship on, they’ll make sure you regret it.

Do I think they win on Saturday? I sure do. I think the fact that Kroger Field is sold out and will be rockin’ will help them more than they did even against Mississippi State.

But is the season over if they don’t? Absolutely not. It’s just beginning and it’s going to be a fun ride.