Kentucky Football Must Look Past the Loss to Florida

LEXINGTON, KY - SEPTEMBER 23: Stephen Johnson
LEXINGTON, KY - SEPTEMBER 23: Stephen Johnson /

The Kentucky Football team must be able to look past a heart-breaking loss to the Florida Gators on Saturday in order to keep afloat in the SEC East.

Though it may be hard to see right now, Kentucky football still sits in a good spot in the SEC East. On Saturday, the Wildcats had a chance to do what they hadn’t done in over 30 years – beat Florida.

Once leading 27-14 in the 4th quarter, Kentucky was in a great position to beat the Florida Gators on Saturday. After falling apart, the Gators ended up topping the Cats 28-27. Despite the agony Kentucky football faces right now, they still sit in a decent position to win the SEC East.

While Kentucky’s schedule doesn’t look too friendly, the door is still slightly open even sitting 1-1 in the East. The key games for the Wildcats down the road will be at Mississippi State, at home against Tennessee and at Georgia.

If Kentucky is able to pull 2 out of those 3 games out, it’s likely that the Wildcats will finish with only 2 conference losses. Looking at the other two teams favored to win the East, this could possibly be enough to earn a trip to the SEC Championship.

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The Gators have a tough schedule ahead. They play Vanderbilt this week then LSU, Texas A&M and Georgia. Although all of these games are home games, Florida is obviously showing signs that they are very beatable.

They will probably be favored in 3 out of 4 of the games, but could drop another one due to a lackluster offense. They will also visit Missouri and South Carolina late in the year; games which may end up have the utmost importance.


The Bulldogs may look extremely strong right now, but their schedule does them no favors. During the next two weeks they have to visit Tennessee and Vanderbilt. They also still have to play Florida in Jacksonville and go up against Auburn on the road.

Of course, they still have Kentucky at home this season. This may come down as a pivotal match-up to decide the SEC East. Kentucky would need to keep up their solid play and hope that Georgia loses at least one of their previous mentioned games before playing them on November 18.

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There’s no question that Kentucky could’ve really used a victory on Saturday. It would’ve made things much easier on them, but in SEC football anything can happen. The Kentucky football team will need some help along with strong play to have a chance to win the East. The game against Georgia late in the season could end up playing a deciding factor.