Kentucky has fought their way through another SEC victory, making that two wins in just two tries this season, the second time they've been 2-0 (in conference play) to start the season in the last 44 years. A low scoring, 16-10 defeat over the Gamecocks has them sitting at 4-0 on the season with Florida coming to town next weekend.
While this win might've not went the way we probably would've asked for it to, we need to humble oursleves and remember that a win is a win. These are games Kentucky use to lose and before all, lets not forget that WE'RE STILL UNDEFEATED.
I wanted to break this game down into three parts: The good, the bad and the ugly.
The win. We're 4-0, and we can talk our talk alllll week long until our next fight against one of the SEC's powers, in Florida. Going into this season this is where we all wanted to be at during this point of the season. Breaking down UL Monroe, Missouri, Chattanooga and South Carolina, we looked at those games as winnable matchups, and teams that we are better than. Kentucky went out there and did what it took, some better than others, and they've wound up 4-0. The last time Kentucky started off this hot, I'm sure you remember in recent memory, was when that Benny Snell/Josh Allen squad did it in 2018. We went on to go 11-2 that season, conquering one of the best seasons in program history. We're on track to having another special season, and throughout all of my picky complaints, at the end of the day, we are still undefeated.
I think I'll settle with 'the bad' being labeled at the quarterback play, pointing fingers at our own, Will Levis. I'm not here to beat up on the guy, and I want him as our QB1 with no questions asked, but in the last two games, he sure hasn't been the quarterback we seen in the first two out. Levis has went from 546 passing yards, 5 touchdowns and just two interceptions compared to only 356 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and three interceptions in the last two games. A major difference in performances that have to revert back to where they were at, heading into our next stretch of games, facing the likes of Florida, LSU, Georgia and Mississippi State. I'm confident he'll show up when it's time, but tonight he definitely contributed to almost letting this one fall into the L column. This close game by all means does not fall solely on his shoulders, but as the face of the program you're going to catch some of the slack that the team receives, that's just how this thing goes.
This one was a no-brainer, and has been the most cuss-worthy problems of the season. THE FUMBLES. I'm not sure if it is just a mental thing, or if they soaked their gloves in olive oil before the game but for some reason our offense cannot hang onto the ball. Four fumbles in just this game! I know Mark Stoops is livid that his guys are only hurting themselves by skipping over the fundamentals, and this week of practice they need to set aside time for just that. Learning how to hang onto the ball because they won't be able to get away with this against Florida.
Kentucky looks to roll into the week preparing for the Gators, and it was just announced that the kick-off time will be at 6 pm EST, on ESPN. Another night game in The Kroge that I hope all of you will come out for, and pack in the seats with blue.
Four and O.