In case you were totally out of the loop, you missed an incredible weekend of SEC football.
There were six games on the schedule and in five of the games, the unexpected happened.
Vanderbilt beat Georgia. Ole Miss knocked off LSU. Tennessee shocked Spurrier and South Carolina. Auburn derailed Texas A&M. And while Missouri was higher ranked, it was unusual to see Florida get dominated like they were. It was almost sad to see Kentucky with a bye week on the day when the unexpected happened.
However, due to a scheduling quirk of fate, Kentucky may be able to extend the week of upsets as both the Wildcats and Mississippi State were off this week and will play Thursday night. So officially, it’s another week … but maybe there is still something in the air for Kentucky to make a splash of their own and get their first SEC win.
I have to admit that after this weekend, I don’t know what to think about SEC football anymore. I used to think Missouri was a winnable game, but now the Tigers are #5 in the country. And while Tennessee was thought to be a game we could win, the Vols have looked good the past two weeks versus Georgia and South Carolina. Vanderbilt seems to have gotten their mojo back too with a win over Georgia.
So could Mississippi State now be UK’s best shot at a SEC win?
I have to admit, I like the odds. The Bulldogs have not been impressive thus far as they are 0-3 in the SEC. Their three wins have been over Alcorn State, Troy, and Bowling Green. And they just beat Bowling Green by one point. So on paper, this appears to be a winnable game. And even though Mississippi State is not a SEC powerhouse, beating Dan Mullen on the road would be a nice feather in Mark Stoops’s cap to open the second half of the season.
With the game just a week from Halloween, it’s a great opportunity to exorcise some Kentucky football demons. Kentucky has lost their last 13 SEC games going back to that November 2011 win over Tennessee. UK has not won a road game since they beat Louisville on September 4, 2010. Kentucky has lost their last 13 SEC road games, dating back to when Papa Brooks defeated Georgia on 11/21/2009.
Not all the ghosts are Mark Stoops, but he has a great chance to play ghostbuster on some pretty embarrassing streaks. Let’s keep this wacky week going four more days.