Whitney Houston said that the children are our future and for Kentucky Wildcat Football fans, the growing pains are evident. Hit by a rash of injuries, Kentucky is playing as many freshman and sophomores as upperclassmen and the results have been painful. After Saturdays 29-24 loss to #11 Georgia, Kentucky sits at 1-7 and is in the midst of their longest winning streak since 2004 when they went 2-9.
Is a similar finish in store? It depends on if you are a glass half empty or a glass half full type of guy. Or should we say Commonwealth Stadium half empty or full? Either way, there are a lot of positives to take from Kentucky’s moral victory over Georgia and unfortunately a lot of questions remain as well. On a night when the rushing defense was stellar, the defensive backfield fell apart, allowing Aaron Murray to slice and dice his way the Rick Minter’s dreams like a Freddy Krueger firing footballs. Even with that effort, if Kentucky would have had Max Smith or even Patrick Towles available, I say Kentucky sends Georgia home with a LOSS and spoils Georgias dreams of a SEC East Title.
With four games left on the schedule, Joker Phillips is fighting for his job. In the minds of most of the Bluegrass, it is a done deal that he is gone. But with four games left, and given the scenario that Kentucky can get to four wins with all of the injuries, you have to at least entertain the product that Joker may be around another year. I know none of us wanted 4-8. But in reality, with all the injuries and the fact that a very young team gave Georgia all they wanted and and won three of their last four games … well you have to throw some slack in there.
Finishing one game less than one season with all the injuries and a team this young has to account for something, right? So now that there are no numbers before the rest of the opponents, Kentucky has a pretty favorable schedule remaining. Will we see a team that was dead and starting to spoil like we dsaw against Arkansas and Florida? Can they spoil the bowl bid dreams of Missouri, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee? Let’s take a look: