As a Kentucky Wildcats football fan, I hate the bye weeks, although I understand the reason for them. And that first bye week has hit us with the Wildcats sitting at a 1-2 record, so I thought it would be a good time to kind of look at what the teams on UK’s schedule are doing this weekend. As you may recall, I picked UK to have four wins this year and well .. I am a bit behind my predictions already. I had UK 2-1 at the break, but let’s take a quick look at our future opponents and see if we can pick up a game off my earlier predictions.
Here is what to look for as some of our opponents take the field this weekend.
TENNESSEE (2-1) @ #19 FLORIDA (1-1)
Florida is still licking their wounds after a loss to Miami and have a bruised and beaten Vols team limping into the Swamp. I know that Tennessee beat Western Kentucky, but WKU handed that game to the Vols with early turnovers. We saw what the Vols were made of last week with their 59-14 beatdown loss at Oregon. I picked Tennessee as a win for UK in the preseason, and I stand by that prediction here.
I also picked Florida to beat Kentucky and despite the Gators loss to Miami stand by that prediction. As inconsistent as Florida’s offense is, their defense is stellar and they dominated Miami much of that game. Florida’s offense is somewhat anemic and it is weird to look at the national stats and see Kentucky ahead of Florida offensively. But the Gators have a brutal defense and defense wins games. UF should still beat UK easily, but if the Tennessee game is somewhat close, I may move this to an upset special.
#12 SOUTH CAROLINA (2-1) @ UCF (3-0)
I picked this as a Gamecock win earlier and the Gamecocks have not done anything to make me question that. Seeing that UK plays them on the road, it could be an ugly UK loss. But their matchup against a UCF team that just won at Happy Valley should be interesting.
COLORADO STATE (1-2) @ #1 ALABAMA (2-0)
Nothing to see with the ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE as they are going to roll the Rams this week. And they should still win easily at Commonwealth on October 12.