Despite coming off back-to-back 2-10 seasons without winning a conference game, one member of the Kentucky football staff was very confident in the Wildcats as the program entered year two of the Mark Stoops era.
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown made it very clear that he expected his offense to be much improved this season. Brown also wanted Kentucky fans to believe that the Wildcat football was “the show in town.”
“We talked about this the other day – there’s no NBA team, there’s no major league baseball team. There’s no NFL team. So UK athletics is it,” Brown told the media in April. “The other team (Louisville) doesn’t want to hear that, but it’s it. We’re the show in town, in the state.”
Seven month later I’m still not sure what in the hell Brown was talking about. However, just six weeks ago he didn’t look quite as foolish as he does now. Kentucky got off to a 5-1 start and at that time, it appeared that we’d be in for a competitive Governor’s Cup match-up to close the regular season.
Unfortunately for Kentucky, their season took a turn for the worse. The Wildcats have now lost five straight games by a combined 128 points and average of 25.6 points.
Despite Bobby Petrino’s passionate desire to embarrass Kentucky, he claims that his team is focusing only on themselves.
“All we’re concerned about is ourselves,” Petrino said during the ACC coaches teleconference. “We need to go out and have a great week of practice and really focus and do a great job preparing and go out what do what we need to do.”
Petrino also says that despite Kentucky’s recent struggles, they’ll still be a challenge for Louisville.
“They’re a good football team They have a quarterback who can throw and run, receivers who can make some plays down the field, and a defensive front that can bring a lot of pressure. We know that this is going to be a great challenge for us.”