The Kentucky Wildcats football team took a big loss against a very good Missouri team last Saturday but they will try to bounce back this weekend as they travel to Tennessee to take on Vanderbilt (5-4, 2-4 SEC). Earlier in the year I had said that this would be a winnable game for Kentucky but I’m not as sure now. Kentucky (2-7, 0-5 SEC) has had a very rough schedule which may have had a negative affect on the teams mental preparedness and Vanderbilt seems to have improved as they have gotten deeper into their schedule. In the past three weeks Vandy has beaten the Georgia Bulldogs at home, 31-27 and just last weekend they upset the Florida Gators 34-17 in the Swamp. A feat that a lot of schools couldn’t do.
On paper, Kentucky seems to match up pretty well against Vanderbilt but they really have nothing to play for other than pride. Vandy on the other hand has everything to play for. A win this weekend could secure a bowl game bid as it would put them at 6-4 on the season, with two games left to play in the year (Tennessee and Wake Forest). Wins in those two games would set them up in a nice bowl game with a record of 8-4 on the season and 4-4 in the SEC.
In the pre-Vanderbilt press conference held this past Monday, you could sense the frustration in coach Stoops demeanor. He talked about the team and the coaching staff and the fact that they just need to get better in all phases whether it be in play making or coaching. As I’ve said before, this is a guy who does not like to lose. He does however, understand that this is a process in building a sound football team and he insists that he knew what hes was getting into when he took the job. Coach Stoops said that he understood that the fans have been fair and that he knows they are frustrated, as is he. He said that he appreciated the people that have stuck by the team.
Watch the video below to see the press conference in it’s entirety.