Don't look now, but Kentucky has won two bowl games in a row, with wins over
Florida State in 2007 and East Carolina in 2008.
So the expectations for 2009 and this Kentucky football team are probably higher than ever. With Tennessee making a coaching change, and Georgia replacing their entire backfield, this could be a year for Kentucky to crack into the top 3 in the Eastern division.
2008 Regular Season Record: 6-6; Win over East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl
Three easiest games in 2009
1. Eastern Kentucky 11/7
2. Louisiana Monroe 10/24
3. at Miami (OH) 9/5
The Wildcats have one of the easiest out of conference schedules you can find. All 4 out of conference games are at home, the toughest being a game against Louisville.
Three hardest games in 2009
1. Florida 9/26
2. at Georgia 11/21
3. Alabama 10/3
For a team that didn't even make this year's NCAA tournament, the Kentucky Wildcats received as much, if not more, coverage during and after the tournament than the recently crowned national champion North Carolina Tar Heels.
That's what happens when you're Kentucky and you hire John Calipari as the new men's basketball coach.
In 1998, Kentucky, under first-year head coach Tubby Smith, ascended to the top of the college basketball world by winning their seventh national championship.
But the problem for many in the Bluegrass State is the Wildcats haven't been back.
Since the last banner-hanging ceremony, Kentucky has advanced to five Sweet 16s and three Elite Eights.
They've captured four regular season SEC titles, along with four SEC Tournament championships.
Certainly, most programs in the country would be thrilled to have Kentucky's résumé of the past 11 years.
Most programs aren't Kentucky, though.