The newly renovated Commonwealth Stadium will be “rocking” on September 5th when the Wildcats kick off the 2015 season against Louisiana-Lafayette. Fans will travel from all across the state to get the first glimpse of this years team.
Mark Stoops begins his third year at the realm with a new Offensive Coordinator, a record summer of recruiting and more talent and depth than in previous years.
There are questions surrounding this team that still need to be answered. Who will be starting quarterback? Who will step up and lead the defense, filling the void left by Bud Dupree and Zadarius Smith? Does this team have each other’s back? Who will be the go-to guy when it is third and three?
Could this team go bowling? Will a successful season be determined by bowl eligibility?
A look at the schedule shows the probability of four wins. This team must find a way to win two games in which they will be underdogs. Can this be done? Sure it can, that is why the games are played.
When the CATS play UL-Lafayette, EKU, Vanderbilt and Charlotte they will be favored to win. UL-Lafayette will not be a cupcake game and the game against EKU could easily turn into a brawl but the CATS should be able to mark 4 wins in the column against these opponents.
Could this be the year the streak against Florida ends? Coach Jim McElwain does not want to be known as the coach that allowed the streak to end and will have the Gators fired up for this game. A win for the CATS would give confidence and momentum as the Missouri Tigers come to town on September 26th. The Florida game could easily be the most important game of the season.
The CATS will travel to Georgia and Mississippi State for matchups with both Bulldogs. Georgia has been known to lose a few unexpected games. If Kentucky stays competitive during these games strange things could happen.
Thanksgiving weekend the other team from Kentucky will travel down I-64 for a date with the CATS. Bowl eligibility could be on the line and the emotions will be running high. This will be the year the CATS beat the Cards. After all this is the weekend we all eat bird, right?
Get excited! The drought of the summer is almost over. GO CATS!