After spending some time decompressing after the horrible loss to LSU, it's time to look ahead at what Kentucky can do with the remainder of the season. It was a great time in the schedule to have a bye, but after discovering we had lost Fatu Turituri and Joe Schuler on the bye week, it seemed things were only going to get worse. The loss of the two players seemed to compound the agony of the previous loss. I likened it to getting kicked in the teeth after getting the crap knocked out of you.
If there was any button that was going to get pushed to get these Cats on the track to redemption, it was pushed in LSU. I have to say I would applaud any fan that was able to listen to the entire game without turning off the radio. You are a true fan that bleeds blue, and my hat is off to you.
So the Cats lost the game. Most people didn't expect them to win, but the manner in which they lost was unsettling. However, a win is a win; and a loss is a loss. In the record books it is only a loss, there is no difference in the record books between a loss by one point or an annihilation. Thank goodness for that. The loss was devastating, but Kentucky's record is still where most people thought they would be at this point in the season. We haven't lost a game we were expected to win; but unfortunately, we also haven't won a game we were expected to lose.
Coming into the second half of the season we face a very important game in Starksville this weekend. Dicky Lyons may have said it best when he said; "Every game we play is supposed to be the biggest game of the year. It doesn't matter if you've won every game or lost every game. It's still the biggest game of the year because it's the game you're playing this week." Well said Dicky.
Kentucky's big game this weekend is an important one. One has to hope that Mississippi State might be riding a little too high after hanging so tough with Georgia. Are they that good? Or is Georgia not as good as everyone thinks?
This game is one that everyone put in the W column at the beginning of the season when determining how many games we could possibly win. With MSU quarterback Michael Henig back in the saddle, their offense seems to be back on track, and this game is certainly no "gimme."
When you look at the two team's depth charts side by side, the teams do share some similarities in experience levels:
Kentucky depth chart MSU depth chart
OFFENSE VS. DEFENSE
7 Freshmen (3 true) 6 Freshmen (5 true)
9 Sophomores 7 Sophomores
6 Juniors 4 Juniors
5 Seniors 8 Seniors
DEFENSE VS. OFFENSE
7 Freshmen, (5 true) 7 Freshmen (2 true)
8 Sophomores 8 Sophomores
4 Juniors 7 Juniors
2 Seniors 3 Seniors