After starting the season 4-0, the Kentucky football team took the turn for the worse by going 2-3 in the following five games.
I think the season started to take its turn once that final play was snapped in Oxford. Since that very moment, things have not been the same with this group. A game-winning throw that was called back resulted in the Cats first loss of the season, and all Stoops teams have been known to turn one loss into back-to-back losses, which came to light this season when they followed up with their losing streak. They were without Will Levis for South Carolina, gathered things together for a top twenty-five win over Mississippi State the next week (with Will Levis back), and then got the brakes beat off of them down in the Neyland after a long bye week before hand, going 1-3 after their first four wins.
Fast forward to present day, Kentucky squeaked out a very ugly win over Missouri, their second straight and 8th in the last 9 outings against them, pushing them over the edge for 6 wins on the season, making them officially bowl eligible.
This now Marks the 7th straight season a Kentucky team has been tabbed bowl eligible under Mark Stoops' reign, extending the school record set by the 2020 team when they snapped the record of five straight postseason appearances.
December 31, 2016: TaxSlayer Bowl
December 29, 2017: Music City Bowl
January 1, 2019: Citrus Bowl
December 31, 2019: Belk Bowl
January 2, 2021: Gator Bowl
January 1, 2022: Citrus Bowl
The Wildcats are now 6-3, have matchups left against Vanderbilt, Georgia, and Louisville, alongside a realistic expectation of a 8-4 season to finish this thing out.