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If Kentucky could have stayed fully healthy all year and just undone one of a series of mistakes against Ole Miss, they would be in the SEC East race with Tennessee football and Georgia, which would have set up an epic showdown. Instead, they have two losses they shouldn’t have had, and now they are playing spoiler.
However, Mark Stoops’ team just had a bye to get healthy, which is huge for quarterback Will Levis. He and Chris Rodriguez Jr. have only played two games together so far, both were against ranked teams, and they split them. This is a top 20 team in both polls for a reason.
In an era where everybody likes cutting-edge offenses to win, Stoops continues to roll at Kentucky, arguably the most impossible football school to win at, with defense and big plays at the right time. It’s an old-school way of looking at things, but it keeps working.
Now begins a top 10 push. Kentucky has a huge visit to Tennessee football this week, a great chance at playing spoiler. Then they visit Mizzou and host Vanderbilt before welcoming the Dawgs to town. With the Louisville Cardinals at home to close out the year, 8-4 is the minimum, but the goal is to shock UT or UGA.