Cats face important stretch of games

After a rough start to the season Kentucky now finds itself in a situation where a much more favorable schedule gives the team hope for bowl eligibility.

Over the final five weeks of the season four of the teams Kentucky is scheduled to face currently have a combined one win in SEC play.

Vanderbilt leads the pack of the hapless with a 1-3 league record. Impressive until one considers the lone win came against 0-4 Mississippi.

Kentucky is currently second among the quartet with an 0-3 record. Mississippi State, Tennessee and Ole Miss all come in at 0-4 in league play.

Kentucky (3-4) has a very favorable schedule the rest of the way, or as favorable as a team that struggled early can get.

Over the next three weeks Kentucky plays in order Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, with the lone road game coming against Vandy.

Those three games could either make or break the season for the Wildcats. The best case scenario would be a sweep of the trio, which would make the Wildcats bowl eligible with games at Georgia and at home against Tennessee yet to play.

Kentucky has had some recent success against Georgia, and the game comes at a good time for the Cats. Georgia plays Auburn the week prior to playing the Cats, and plays rival ranked Georgia Tech on the road the week after playing the Cats. This is by definition a trap game for Georgia.

Kentucky finishes the season by playing Tennessee in Lexington. Eventually the streak against Tennessee has to end. For the current team to break the losing streak to the Vols would be monumental, as the Cats have brought much better teams into the Tennessee game and came away with losses. This could be the worst team Tennessee has fielded since Kentucky last defeated the Vols with Bill Ransdell, Joker Phillips and company pulled off the feat back when we were all much younger.

Given the way Kentucky played early in the season they are lucky to be in a situation where the schedule could not have worked out better for a turnaround season. The team got the first needed win against Jacksonville State, now the challenge is to build on that win and produce a bowl eligible season.

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