Don’t meltdown when things start going wrong – and they will go wrong.
The intensity of Sanford Stadium – along with the NFL defensive front on the other side – helped cause penalty after penalty by Arkansas in the 37-0 Dawg win.
Auburn couldn’t throw its way back into the game, Clemson couldn’t do anything right, and no one seems able to solve the No. 1 defense in the country. Kentucky has the offensive line and the running back in Chris Rodriguez to get pounding. The big yards won’t be there, but the Wildcats have to at least maintain some semblance of ball control with No. 24.
You can’t commit penalties to have any shot at Georgia. Kentucky is among the best in the SEC at keeping the flags to a minimum.
You have to bring the defense. Kentucky has yet to allow anyone to hit 175 rushing yards and no one has thrown for 300.
You can’t turn the ball over and have to take the ball away to pull this off, and …
Kentucky doesn’t come up with takeaways and it has a turnover problem.
Three things to unpack from that:
- The ‘Cats are impressively consistent — not elite, but consistent — on defense.
- UK has a turnover problem that likely isn’t going to be resolved in a positive way Saturday.
- Intensity at Sanford may be a bigger issue that I anticipated. A quick check of Kentucky’s schedule reveals they’ve only played one road game so far. That was a 16-10 win at South Carolina that was by far the closest conference game the ‘Cocks have played this season.