Cats need emotion, fire against Texas State

Kentucky fans around the Commonwealth have been anticipating the start of the 2006 football season for months now. Several players returned to what most believed, including Head Coach Rich Brooks, a much improved football team. The jury is still out on that last sentence after the Cat's were throttled in the season opener to #13 Louisville.

Louisville 59 Kentucky 28

Hardly the start anyone wearing blue and white envisioned, especially against their instate rival. However this rivalry has taken a major twist in the last few years.

Louisville is no longer a middle of the road bowl team, the Cards are a serious national title contender. Could Kentucky have played better Sunday night? Absolutely, but no matter how hard the fans argue that the talent level has closed, Bobby Petrino and his Cardinals displayed Sunday night how false that statement truly is.

The Louisville Cardinals are a well oiled machine with depth, speed, and athleticism at every position on the field. The argument that Louisville no longer rebuilds, yet reloads, is starting to become the crystal clear truth. As if the challenge wasn't tough enough, Petrino is almost impossible to beat playing at home.

Needless to say, so far through one football game in the 2006 season, the Cats have been a disappointment. The team must learn from their mistakes, and keep working hard to prepare to face Texas State. Kentucky needs to play with emotion and desire to gain some confidence after getting run off the field against Louisville.

The Cats must get to 1-1 this week, then another big test will show its face when Ole Miss comes to town on September 16, in what most believe is the most important game of the season. Getting to 2-1 before the trip to Gainesville to take on the Gators should be Kentucky's goal.

But as we all know with Kentucky football, you can never get ahead of yourself when predicting future wins.

One game at a time, one game at a time……

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