Im sure Beamer will try to land a few JUCO prospects, and maybe nab a few in players in the transfer portal to round out the class.
this year has really highlighted the difference between the upper echelon teams, and the middle/bottom of the conference. 10 SEC games is brutal for pretty everyone except for the top 4 teams. Everyone else is looking to finish close to or under .500 . To me there doesn't seem to be alot of separation from teams 5-10. I think most teams will be happy to get their OOC games back next year. I know UK will be. This season is a great example of how important OOC games are for most of the conference not named BAMA and a few others. Kentucky finishes 4-6. All 4 wins comes against teams they were already scheduled to play pre-covid. Added games were Ole Miss and Bama, so they would have reasonably finished 4-4. Throw in wins against 2 MAC teams, 1 FCS, and Lousiville and UK goes 8-4 this season, with a chance for 9th win in a somewhat decent bowl game. This is the same situation for alot of teams out their that aren't built for the playoffs every year. Im glad we had the season this year, but will be very happy when we get back to normal next year honestly.
I would also put a feeler out to PJ Fleck and see if he would like some warmer weather...
If UT opens up than I think that is where he(Freize) will land. Michigan will interview Freize, and Fickell from Cincinatti. Coastal's Coach could be a good move. Saw one tweet that mentioned stoops? That isn't going to happen. Stoops' contract at Kentucky is as good as it gets from a coaches standpoint, he wouldnt leave it for a lateral move like South Carolina. Best move for the gamecocks is to move in on Coastal's coach before any other programs do. They would still have a shot at Freize, but I think it depends on what UT decides to do.
umm yall forgot coastal carolina! kidding, but go chants. on a serious note, probably should have at least mentioned cinci or maybe byu. This is a weird year and either team might actually be able to sneak in if they catch a few breaks. If there is ever a year for a non-P5 team to make it, it feels like this would be the year!
gators** sorry for the typos.
If florida does indeed end up 7-3, I think the UK game is the likely culprit. The UK-UF games has been insanely competitive the last few years. So if Terry is able to get win #2 in the swamp against the gatords, than UK finishes 6-4 and UF finishes 7-3 with the other loss likely being to UGA. Not predicting this at all, but its within the realm of possibility.
^My thoughts exactly. A little early to condemning teams to losing seasons and crowning Mississippi State the national champs. Lots of football still left to be played.
everybody is freaking out about UK not being as good as people thought they would be, especially UK fans. We lost a close game on the road to Auburn. Game was 15-13 in the 4th quarter, with UK having a blown touchdown call heading into the half. We made some crucial mistakes late and that gave Auburn a short field twice that they used to pull ahead. Kuddos to them. Needs to be cleaned up. We are far from hapless. I expect them to bounce back and still have a pretty decent season even with the difficult games ahead.
Kentucky needs to pound the ground game, and then pound it some more. This will open things up for Terry, and not put the game in his hands. He was pretty good in the intermediate passing game against a good defense, but it wasnt getting us much. He has the ability to make teams respect the fact that we can pass the ball and that will keep defenses some what honest against us this year. We completely abandoned the run in the second half last week for some reason. Keep the ball away from Ole Miss offense this week and run, run , and then run some more. Terry can shine with these backs and Oline. No reason to chuck the ball 37 times.
I think that is really because in the SEC just about anyone has the potential to beat anyone on the schedule. This conference is filled with great teams. Unless your Arkansas or Vanderbilt. No offense to either team, they are just behind everyone else at this point. Playing a conference only schedule, upsets are bound to happen. We will probably see a lot of them this year.
im not saying Carolina couldn't pull off the win, but your position breakdown is certainly interesting. Kentucky had the number #2 pass defense in the country last season and returned everyone. Ill Give you LB and we can call DL even. although I think UK has the edge in DL depth this year. I really dont think Carolina will be built well enough on defense to keep up with the UK ground game this year. I think it will be a good game, but I see UK grinding the ball in the second half against a winded defense that has been on the field too long. We will see though. I live in SC actually and root for the cocks as long as they arent playing my cats. Im looking forward to the game
care to elaborate , because that seems like wishful thinking based on whats returning for each team..
i mean lets be honest, even if that was him ( which its not).... its not like its gonna help your defense stop him, so ya might wanna bite your tongues lol
Darrell has officially been roasted .
Not a big shock , nor is it a problem . We are recruiting at a higher level than we have in years past . Some kids have been recruited over , and those kids want to play , so they transfer . Best of luck to all these young men . Thanks for being part of big blue nation .
If we are talking favorites to watch, I loved watching Jared Lorenzon at UK . The hefty lefty was epic .
I mean someone still needs to block for him, dont expect the kid to carry team alone. Carolina needs to improve upfront on the offensive line to move the ladder in the east.
SEC Network analyst in hot water for comments made about women’s gymnastics during men’s basketball game
There is no double standard here, because no female commentator ( to my knowledge)has ever made those kinds of comments about a student athlete.
SEC Network analyst in hot water for comments made about women’s gymnastics during men’s basketball game
very creepy. some of these STUDENTS are 18-19 years old. They also deserve to be able to compete without being sexualized by men old enough to be their dads. Forget a suspension, this guy needs to be fired. He made it very clear on air he gets a different kind of thrill calling womens sports for reasons outside the game.
Also recruiting rankings aren't everything , see mark stoops
I have no love for UT , bit you sir are the epitome of a negative Nancy ... UT is absolutely progressing . Their recruiting is top 20 in the country . Than translates later on to wins . Are they at UF or UGA level yet , no . But Pruitt has then playing to a level now that they believe they can win . That is the difference . Never thought I'd be on here defending UT .
Didnt know A&M, Arksanas, and UK got kicked out of the conference.....lol
Sec East BOLD predicitions South carolina-goes 5-7, gets throttled by clemson. Muschamp fired after the season. Tennessee- Pruitt turns the corner and goes 9-3 and a trip to a decent bowl game for a chance at a 10th win. Mizzou- lack of depth spells doom for the tigers. Defense can't stop anyone. Finishes 2-6 in conference with wins over Vandy and Arkansas. a loss at BYU costs them bowl eligibility and they finish 5-7. Georgia- Newman struggles early in new offense, but gets better after first couple games. strong defense has them undefeated going into the game with Florida. Florida edges them out in a close one and Georgia loses 1 more to either Tennessee or @ Kentucky in an upset. finishes 10-2 (BOLD PREDICTIONS) Kentucky- I'll try to be unbiased here. Returning a ton of starters and contributors from last years 8 win season on both sides of the ball. Terry Wilson returning at qb after injury. Kentucky once again proves difficult to stop on the ground, and a solid defense. Finishes 9-3 after upsetting Auburn on the road in week 5 . 5th straight bowl appearance for stoops and co. Florida-schedule lines up nicely for a great season. After a tough fought win against LSU, UF slips up and loses to Ole Miss on the road. They rebound and beat UGA after the bye week and clinch the east at 11-1. Vanderbilt-with no talent to speak of returning, Mason finds himself in hot water early in week 4 after losing to colorado state. things dont get better from there and Vandy finishes winless in conference. Mason is let go after getting mollywhopped by UT in the last game of the year.
Will Mizzou fans ever not predict beating UK ? UK returning more than almost anybody in the east , and we have beaten Mizzou 5 in a row... Wouldn't chalk that up as a win for you until they can prove otherwise .
i dont think at all that he would have been a heisman finalist. I do agree we would have won at LEAST 1-2 more games had we been running this offense all season, or at least after Terrry Wilson went down. Most likely would have pulled out the Miss State and Carolina games would be my guess. I think its a no brainer he would be the leading rusher in the conference though, considering he has ran for over 1,100 in 6 games. I think he is averaging close to 10.0 ypc, which is nuts. That said, Florida should be in front of Auburn and Bama on this list.
Gonna have to figure out something on offense next with mizzou coming to Lexington. I like our defense and run game, but we need to be able to keep their defense at least somewhat honest. A couple of big plays helped UGA pull away in this one in the third quarter. Im not at all disappointed with the effort, especially considering the game conditions.
all of our games coming up will be at home, other than at Vandy. Props to Mason on the win over Mizzou, but I still think UK will have too much talent for them in Nashville. Home games against Mizzou next week, UT, and Louisville are now crucial. I think Kentucky will probably win 2 out of three and finish 7-5. 6-6 is certainly possible. Losing Terry Wilson in game 2 I think really limited the potential of this team. A 4th straight bowl appearance would still be a great accomplishment for this program.
I agree with you actually paris, there isnt any point in worrying about what UK would do in this given scenario until its an actual reality. Given how bad we have been historically, im more concerned about at least making a bowl game every year, with the possibility of a special season or two every few years. As long as we are building the program with winning seasons each year, I am happy.