How good it feels to be back! Sorry to the audience for being out a couple weeks. As you
know, it is the time of the year, but our Kentucky content will pick back up.
The regular season ended with a a 9-3 record and the #25th spot in the AP poll, and a beat down of Louisville. By all measures this is a great season for the program. Hell, we even have a top 10 recruiting class! Stoops has got this program rolling and has brought the Cats to another appearance to the Citrus Bowl to face the #17 Iowa Hawkeyes. It may not be a New Year’s Six bowl, but it’s still a pretty prominent bowl. The Hawkeyes finished 10-3 and lost to Michigan In the Big 10 title game. This will not be an easy game for Stoops and his troops.
Iowa has a very skilled defense that carried them to a top 3 ranking at one point in the
season, but the offense spiraled downward throughout the season and proved to be weakest link. Especially against top tier teams. The Hawkeyes three losses came to Purdue, Wisconsin, and
Michigan. Purdue and Wisconsin were not the best losses, but their offense was exposed. in each of those games they had troubles moving the ball. Tyler Goodson, Iowa’s leading rusher, would have been the guy our defense had to stop, opted not to play. He gained 1,151 yards rushing with 6 touchdowns. This is a big loss for Iowa as he was easily their best weapon. Iowa will have to depend on their QB Spencer Petras who has 9 TDs and 6 INTS. This game sets up with pretty well for UK’s defense as Iowa doesn’t have the passing attack to really threaten the Cats secondary.
Offensively, the season ended pretty well for the Cats. Even though the win streak at the end
came against weak opponents, the team played well. Levis stepped his game up with better
decision making and unreal running at the quarterback position. If Kentucky is going to beat Iowa that trend has to continue. The defense stepped up, but the secondary is still scary. With the national recruiting day being huge for the program, I feel like we will have high spirits going into the game. The program is growing bit by bit and this win can catapult us even further.
Overall, this has the chance to be a very entertaining game for BBN. I have a great
feeling this will be a game for the Cats to just prove to the nation that we are knocking on the door
of being a premier SEC team. The team is nowhere near at the Alabama and Georgia level, but
we can occupy the space right below that. I got Cats in this one with a 28-10 win over Iowa. Bowl season is right around the corner and it’s time for BBN to cheer on this squad. GO CATS!
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Devin Hall is a columnist for MESPORTS digital. A University Louisville graduate who loves good music, good games and good times. He can be reached at DHall@maineventsports101.com. Follow him on Twitter @Mista_Hall25