The SEC East, outside of Georgia’s force field, is down. No one is more surprised to be typing this sentence than me, but could Kentucky actually make a run at the conference championship game?
Here’s the remaining conference schedule:
- South Carolina
- at Texas A&M
- at Missouri
- at Tennessee
All three of those road trips are winnable, with College Station presenting the biggest obstacle. It’s possible, though not entirely likely, that Kentucky could be 8-0 overall and 6-0 in conference when Georgia comes calling.
More realistically, the Wildcats put together a solid 8-win season and earn a respectable bowl game. Having that for a floor is pretty good for a program desperate for relevance.
Benny Snell Jr. has been as advertised. His 540 rushing yards are good for third in the country. Kentucky is 11th in rushing yards/game as quarterback Terry Wilson has added 241 of his own to augment spotty passing performance.
A ball-control offense has been buoyed by a lethal defense, which is allowing a paltry 13.3 points/game — good for 7th in the nation. Mississippi State was averaging a 50-burger before encountering the pain in Lexington and mustering a singular touchdown.
This could all be fool’s gold. For now, though, it’s shining so pretty.