By Steve Daugherty
September 11, 2015
Welcome to the first writing of the Big Blue Breakdown, a weekly pile of words which might include some intelligent analysis of Kentucky football, but will most likely be a highly debatable mish mash of my opinions mixed in with the skepticism that can only be developed through the sweet misery of approximately 35 years of being a Kentucky football fan. That’s right, 35 years. My first memories of the gridiron Cats are of the final season of Fran Curci’s tenure in which his recruiting violations left the program in a horrible state. The following season, Jerry Claiborne’s Cats would go winless and there was debate among pundits that perhaps Roy Kidd’s IAA Eastern Kentucky Program was stronger than Kentucky’s. I’ve watched Doering’s reception, Marty Moore’s fumble, the LSU Miracle Hail Mary and so on. I’ve read or heard the same comment from the Kentucky coaches and media every preseason that “this Kentucky team finally looks like an SEC team with SEC athletes”….every….single….year.
However, this season I actually have some hope, less so than a week ago, but still this old realist actual looked at the Kentucky schedule and realistically saw 7 wins. After all, the Cats have 4 returning offensive line starters, a quarterback who looked like a future draft pick during the first half of last season, and three quality running backs in Kemp, Horton, and most of all Boom Williams. I looked at the schedule and saw wins over Louisiana Lafayette, Florida, Missouri, Eastern Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Charlotte and Louisville.
I’m going to stick with my prediction the Cat’s win 7 this season but there better be a big improvement in week 2. After watching South Carolina last Thursday I really began thinking Kentucky might win 8 including a win over the Cocks. However, after the Cat’s second half performance last week, I’m going to temper that, South Carolina 31, Kentucky 28.