So here it is: We are 37 days from kickoff between our beloved Wildcats and the Auburn Tigers. Although fans may not anticipate throwing toilet paper at Toomer's Corner, and Jordan-Hare Stadium will not be filled with 88,000 screaming fans, the excitement could not be unmatched. It's (almost) football time in the Bluegrass.
The days of dreaming to win these games are over. Kentucky has potentially the best offensive line in the country and one of the top defensive lines. How does Auburn compare? Auburn lost 4 of their 5 starting offensive linemen last year, leaving only their center, Nick Brahms. Aside from that, Auburn is rolling in a new offensive line coach, Jack Bicknell. Auburn RARELY has a drop off on the defensive line, however it's possible to have growing pains early on. As Auburn loses its second team All-American in Marlon Davidson, as well as Nick Coe and Gary Walker, Jr, it is very likely this game comes down to the trenches. It's the race against time, will Gus Malzahn have the Tigers ready to take the field?
In a season where there are no tune-up games, this is the game to take advantage of. We will know where Kentucky is. Auburn recently announced the stadium will hold 20%, about 17,500 students. As we all know, Kentucky is a veteran team led by senior quarterback Terry Wilson. Kentucky has typically been good on the road in the Stoops era, and you should expect this years Kentucky team to be another solid road team. The schedule is set up almost perfectly and Kentucky fans should be excited. This game is not the make-or-break game, but it is a game in which could boost Kentucky and give the team confidence moving forward, and could potentially set Kentucky up to go to Atlanta.