Sunday, September 26, 2010

And so it Goes...

If the meaning of the title of this post and the picture of this book is lost on you, then I suggest you go to a library. And fast.

Last nights butt whooping in the Swamp hurt a little more than usual due to the confidence that UK was in prime position to hopefully take the next step. The reality set in as I understood something that I had mentioned in a previous blog: Kentucky had not played anyone yet. The three teams that the Cats had defeated are all three terrible. The only team with a win was Louisville and that win came against an awful EKU team. And it wasn't easy for them to get.

Where do we go from here? One thing is for sure and that is the Cats need to take a look at themselves and answer a few questions. How do they improve an extremely porous run defense? Where do they go with Mike Hartline? Why isn't the Wildcat more of an option this year? Where is the agressivness on offense that was so prevalent the previous three games?

There are already people screaming to bench Hartline at this point in the season. Memories of his gangbusters start are already fading as he looked terrible against Florida and reverted to short, safe but ultimately useless passes.. He took few shots down field even though Randall Cobb, LaRod King and Chris Matthews all three has some big plays. Morgan Newton may see his chance if this trend continues.

The run defense was abysmal as Florida ran wild. I am not sure what the answer is but they need to do something. And fast. The SEC running backs are amid some of the elite in the country.

The Wildcat seems to have virtually disappeared from the playbook. This logic escapes me as it was one of the more effective packages that the Wildcats have utilized the past two seasons. Where does the blame lie here? Joker Phillips or offensive coordinator Randy Sanders. One thing that is clear to me is that someone intends to keep Hartline more and more involved in the offense. I'm not sure that this is a good thing.

My hopes are not dashed, not by a long shot. If the Cats beat Ole Miss Saturday then 4-1 puts them right back in the thick of things. I just hope that all of the Louisville fans enjoy cheering against UK this season since it's really tough to cheer for their team this season. Besides, all UK has to do is win 20 more straight games and then they will have their own 24 game winning streak to brag about.

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