It is officially the midway point of Kentucky’s 2013 football season. After six games, Mark Stoops’ team has managed to accumulate one victory. It’s not exactly the kind of start most people were hoping for in this new era of hope for UK football. On the other hand, it’s not that far offer from what most of us could reasonably expect. The Western Kentucky loss was very disappointing but since then the team has improved every week until running into the buzz saw that is Alabama. Luckily for the Cats, the schedule softens up considerably in the back half. It’s still the SEC, but Georgia and Missouri appear to be the only teams likely to be ranked by the time the Wildcats play them.
Most of us here at Wildcat Blue Nation predicted between three and five wins for Kentucky this year, with most counting WKU as one of them and Missouri as a possible upset. So how do the Cats get to four (the median) wins now? Can a 1-6 team really be expected to win half of their games down the stretch? I think it’s possible, not necessarily likely.
Kentucky should beat Alabama State handily. If the Hornets beat UK, then there are serious problems in Lexington. That makes two wins. Kentucky then has an excellent chance against Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Despite the Vols and Dores notching impressive victories today, the Cats should be in those games. Kentucky would likely have to win two out of those three games to get four wins. The matchup with Georgia is always tough, despite their recent struggles, and Mizzou has stormed out of the gates to surprise everyone in the SEC. It appears that the Tigers might be the real deal, even with Maty Mauk replacing James Franklin at quarterback.
It looks to me like Kentucky likely finishes 2013 with three wins. Still an improvement of last year and against a much tougher schedule. Besides the toughest team in the country, Kentucky has suffered no blowouts thus far. With a little bit of luck and better quarterback play, three could become four. A lot will depend on the health of Jalen Whitlow. But mark my words, Kentucky will upset someone this season, likely at home. So on Saturdays, turn your attention away from the quest for number nine and check out the quest for four. It may sound lame but who doesn’t love an underdog story?