The Kentucky Wildcats are still in the early stages of a rebuilding stage that will likely prevent them from winning enough games to become bowl eligible, but that doesn’t mean games like the contest this weekend vs the South Carolina Gamecocks can’t be a great building experience.
For much of the tenure of Rich Brooks, and essentially all of the time Joker Phillips was head coach, UK struggled mightily in road contests against SEC opponents. Rarely were the Cats able to keep games close for even a half, and most games ended in 20+ point blowouts.
And while Mark stoops and co. will be significantly undermanned vs the No. 13 Gamecocks, they can still show the world that this is a different UK team.
That’s not to say USC won’t win the game handily, but even when the game is getting away from UK, seeing the players continue to go out and give their best effort, even when they may be down double-digits, will be significant improvement over the past few seasons when UK simply didn’t even make it off the bus to play games on the road.
This is about UK’s talent level, depth or who the starting quarterback is. This game is about Stoops getting his players to play hard for four quarters, regardless of what the scoreboard reads.