Cats need a 2006 type bye week

Joker Phillips and his staff have their work cut out for them during this bye week if they are to make a 2006 type turnaround and keep Kentucky's bowl streak alive.

With the Wildcats on the verge of slipping out of contention for what would be a record sixth consecutive bowl appearance the team is in need of a bye week rejuvenation ala 2006.

There are a lot of similarities in this team and the team that went into the October 21st bye week in 2006.

In 2006 fans were calling for a rare midseason ouster of the head coach, Rich Brooks. There was open talk on the messageboards of the bye week being a perfect time to replace the embattled coach, as his replacement could use the bye week to make some needed changes.

In 2011 fans are calling for the ouster of the current coach, Joker Phillips.

In 2006 the Wildcats went into the bye week following a humiliating 49-0 defeat at the hands of the Bayou Bengals of LSU.

The 2011 edition of the Wildcats head into the bye week after being embarassed by South Carolina, a team they defeated last season.

The 2006 team rallied around their coach and lost only one more game, against Tennessee.

Does this team and coach have it within them to rally coming off the bye week and finish strong? In order for a strong finish to occur and save the bowl streak that began in 2006 Phillips and his staff are going to have to make some major changes to their approach to the game, the way players approach the game, and to a lot of attitudes on both the staff and team.

Can they do it? Anything is possible, but the Vegas odds makers are probably betting against it.

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