The Wildcats of the University of Kentucky have always had an elite team – on the hardwood. The school’s basketball program prospered and flourished under legendary Head Coach Adolph Rupp. That has never been the case for the University of Kentucky’s football program.
This team is a member of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) which is, by any standard, the dominant “league” in men’s football at the collegiate level.
The Southeastern Conference is home to traditional football powers such as the University of Alabama, the Georgia Bulldogs, the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech, Louisiana State University (LSU) and others. It is now, and it always has been, difficult to build a football program that challenges the teams mentioned above.
So it is not surprising that the Kentucky Wildcats tend to suffer through losing seasons. Last year, in 2014, the men from the bluegrass state produced a disappointing Won-Loss record of 5-7 for second year Head Coach Mark Stoops. Included in that total were six losses in eight tries against tough Conference competition.
Coach Stoops, now in his third year, believed that his squad was ready to show improvement in 2015. The players he recruited in his first two seasons now make up a large part of the squad.
The Wildcats began the new football season at home on September 5th. On that Saturday afternoon, the home team beat Louisiana-Lafayette University by a score of 40-33. The following week, September 12th, the team from Kentucky played its first road game against the University of South Carolina and for the second week in succession this squad ended up winning. The final score was 26-22.
This past Saturday, on September 19th, the Wildcats played at home for a second time. In this third game of the season, the home team lost to a tough squad from the University of Florida. The Gators won a close, hard-fought contest by a score of 14-9.
The early season results have been very positive for the Wildcats and Coach Stoops even though the team has suffered a loss. All games have been close and competitive and the University of Kentucky has won two of the three games they have played.
This team will have many more chances to succeed in the games it will play at home over the course of the season. Its next home game will take place on September 26th against the 25th ranked University of Missouri. The Wildcats will also host Eastern Kentucky University on October 3rd, Auburn University on October 15th, the Volunteers of the University of Tennessee on October 31, the University of Charlotte on November 21st and the Louisville Cardinals on November 28th.
There are also three road games remaining on the schedule. The Wildcats will visit and play Mississippi State University on October 24th,the seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogson November 7th and the Commodores of Vanderbilt University on November 14th.
There is a good chance that the University of Kentucky Wildcats will complete the current football season with a winning record. If that happens, its players may get the same respect on campus currently given to the school’s basketball team.
Courtesy of Peachstatecollegesports.com