SEC – Kentucky Wildcats
This is my philosophy on Kentucky: if the world expects the Wildcats to be good, they will underwhelm. If they are expected to be mid or bad, they will probably get at least nine wins and beat someone they shouldn’t.
Kentucky didn’t impress anyone out of the gates. They had a struggle win over FCS Eastern Illinois, and their other wins were over Ball State, Akron, and Vanderbilt. Not awe-inspiring.
Then in Week 5, the Wildcats hosted the Florida Gators. While few thought the Gators were a solid team, the typical assessment for this game was that Kentucky was just masquerading as a contender.
329 rushing yards and a 19-point victory later, Kentucky has confirmed for everyone that they aren’t a fraud. Quarterback Devin Leary’s stats aren’t impressive, but he has over 1,000 yards passing already.
If you are looking for a team on Georgia’s schedule that could step up and knock off the Bulldogs, your choices are the aforementioned Gators, a Volunteer team that was beaten by the Gators, or the Wildcats.
Kentucky does have to play at Sanford this weekend. If you want to avoid a letdown following a big game against a rival, schedule the defending champion the next week.