Taylor's Thoughts: 2007 Season Predictions

he months have turned to weeks. The weeks have turned to days. You get the picture. In just a matter of hours, the University of Kentucky football team will kick off its season, looking to improve on last year's 8-5 campaign. Most of the team's valuable tools return, including quarterback Andre Woodson, running back Rafael Little and wide receiver Keenan Burton.

The Wildcats will play a 12-game schedule, starting on Sept. 1 against Eastern Kentucky University at Commonwealth Stadium. The following is this writer's predictions on the upcoming season.

Barring a significant injury, this team has a chance to go above and beyond the level of expectations.

Game 1: Eastern Kentucky

The last time these two teams met, Kentucky had a prolific quarterback in Tim Couch and will have the same type of signal caller this time around. Enough said. Kentucky 42, Eastern 10.

Game 2: Kent State

The Golden Flashes will bring a former graduate assistant coach and graduate Doug Martin to Lexington.

Kentucky has struggled against MAC programs in the past few years – remember Ohio University? This could be a dangerous game for the Wildcats with Louisville looming on the schedule the following week. Not to worry, Kentucky should put this one in the bag. Kentucky 35, Kent State 17

Game 3: Louisville

This game has upset written all over it. The Cats are at home and are eager to beat the Cardinals.

It should be an interesting battle between Woodson and Brian Brohm. Kentucky 28, Louisville 21

Game 4: at Arkansas

The first road game of the season will give UK its first big test of the year. The big question is has the team's defense improved enough to stop Darren McFadden?

Not many teams can. Arkansas 31, Kentucky 17

Game 5: Florida Atlantic

Welcome back, Howard.

While at Louisville Howard Schellenberger had the players to beat the Cats. It's not the same case this time around. Kentucky shouldn't have a problem with this one before heading into conference play. Kentucky 48, FAU 13

Game 6: at South Carolina

Kentucky returns to Thursday Night Lights. This game will be a dandy and it just might be Kentucky's best chance to get Steve Spurrier. The Cats have improved and so have the Gamecocks. This one is a marginal game for Kentucky. South Carolina 24, Kentucky 17

Game 7: LSU

Remember the Tigers' miracle in Lexington just a few years ago? Kentucky has a chance to get revenge with the Tigers coming back to Commonwealth.

LSU is ranked high, but doesn't have a quarterback by the name of Russell. This is another upset in the making. Kentucky 30, LSU 28

Game 8: Florida

The defending national champs have a few question marks, but it's not hard to plug in the holes when you are Florida. Kentucky won't go down hard, but the Gators still have a big bite. Florida 34, Kentucky 20

Game 9: Mississippi State

Homecoming won't be as difficult this year. Kentucky turned it around after playing the Bulldogs last year and will have the same success this time around. Kentucky 44, Miss. St. 13

Game 10: at Vanderbilt

The Commodores aren't a pushover anymore. Just because of that fact, Kentucky may have to dig deep for this one, but should be able to yank out a win. Kentucky 17, Vandy 10

Game 11: at Georgia

The Cats toppled the Bulldogs last year and I am sure Georgia remembers the loss.

The Bulldogs typically don't lose many games in Athens and expect that trend to continue. Georgia 23, Kentucky 16

Game 12: Tennessee

What would be better than celebrating senior day with a win over the Vols? It may happen, but depending on how Tennessee progresses, it may be hard to overcome Tennessee's past history.

This game is too close to call. Tennessee 17, Kentucky 14

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