5 signs that this ain’t your momma’s Kentucky football team
It is October 1st and the Kentucky Wildcats are 5-0 and ranked 13th in the nation. They are 3-0 in the SEC with each win being over teams that are projected to make bowl games. They exorcised the demons and snapped the 31 game losing streak to Florida and even did it in Gainesville to boot. Nope this ain’t your momma’s Wildcats, this is a new breed. Here are five signs how we know.
- Kentucky is one of four teams that are undefeated with each win being by double digits– The other three teams are Alabama, Georgia and UCF. The point is that Kentucky has not just won these games, they have been dominant.
- The Cats defense is the real deal– Kentucky is allowing just 12.6 points per game which ties them with Auburn for 3rd in the nation. They are allowing just 288 yards on defense which ranks 12th in the nation and 3rd in the SEC. Across the board this defense is the best that Kentucky has had in many years. They have been equally good against both the pass and the run. That has proved valuable as teams have struggled to find a way to gain consistent yards against the Cats.
- Josh Allen is an absolute beast and potential SEC defensive player of the year– He is currently tied for second in the nation with 6 sacks this season. On top of that he has made 17 tackles and forced 2 fumbles. He seems to wear the opponent down until he begins to dominate them in the 4th quarter as he did against South Carolina. Having a player that constantly puts pressure on the opposing quarterback is a huge plus. As teams are forced to double team him it will open up opportunities for other defenders to make plays.
- Benny Snell is the best running back in UK history– Benny is not just a good back, he is the best to ever wear the blue and white. He has already scored more touch downs than any player in UK history and before the season is over he will have the all-time rushing record. He is currently 4th in the nation this season with 639 yards rushing. He is also 4th with 8 touchdowns on the year. His 40 career touchdowns are just 9 touchdowns behind Herschel Walker for most ever by a player prior to his senior year. South Carolina did a good job of slowing Benny down in the second half but he still had 99 yards for the night. The more that teams load the box in an attempt to slow him down, the more the field should open up for Terry Wilson to throw the ball.
- When the old Cats would have folded this team bows its neck– The fans in Kroger stadium and around the bluegrass got nervous in the 4th quarter Saturday night as South Carolina drove the field. The nerves are because they have seen Kentucky fold up in that same situation so many times over the years. This team has had the chance to fold against Florida, Mississippi State and South Carolina yet in all three the Cats stepped up to the challenge. The old Kentucky would have survived by the skin of their teeth or likely blown the game and lost. While the fans still feel the nerves from the past experiences the team has shown no fear. That should be a huge factor over the remainder of the season.
This team is doing things that many fans and media members (including myself) did not think they could do this year. That is because this is not your normal Kentucky football team. They are the real deal.