All right, I know what you want. You want me to make myself an even bigger dummy than I am by taking the suspense out of who’s going to win every game on the UK and U of L football schedules. So here goes:
Sept. 1: Yes, I know, Sept. 1 is on a Thursday and it’s Western Kentucky’s home game, but it’ll be played in Nashville. Doesn’t matter when or where, the Wildcats will romp. It’ll be a long, long climb before the Hilltoppers can compete in the big time.
Sept. 10: Central Michigan will be a warm-up for the next week when the Louisville Cardinals invade Lexington.
Sept. 17: Kentucky will put the first blemish on U of L – and it may be just one of two that the Cardinals will lose all season.
Sept. 24: There are two levels of play for UK – the SEC and non-conference. Florida won’t be its usual explosive self, and the Big Blue will have a chance to win in Lexington. I like the Cats’ chances in this one.
Oct. 1: UK will take a 3-1 record to Baton Rouge, where mighty LSU resides. ‘Nuf said.
Oct. 8: At South Carolina, the home of Steve Spurrier. His team is the defending champion of the SEC’s Eastern Division, and UK will be just a little bump in the road. Mark this down: Kentucky is never going to beat Spurrier.
Oct. 22: Jacksonville State gets the honor of being UK’s homecoming patsy.
Oct. 29: The two Mississippi teams are next – and both figure to be tough. This week it’s Mississippi State, which should win.
Nov. 5: Ole Miss drops by and the Cats have a chance, but not a very good one.
Nov. 12: Wouldn’t you know that this year’s Vanderbilt game will be played in Nashville? That levels the playing field, but the Commodores will be beaten down and the Cats will win.
Nov. 19: Host Georgia will be battling to save coach Mark Recht’s job, so that will help the Bulldogs to victory.
Nov. 26: Tennessee. This game is in Lexington, so you know which team will win.
The Cats will finish 6-6, which will make them eligible for a bowl. I have no comment on that. With a break here and there, Joker Phillips’ Cats could finish with a winning ledger.
Sept. 1: Charlie Strong season No. 2 opens with a runaway over Murray at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Sept. 9: Florida International will put up about as much fight as Murray as the Cards go 2-0 at home.
Sept. 17: In what should have been the opener, the Wildcats use their home-field advantage (good for at least a touchdown) to ruffle Cardinal feathers for the fifth year in a row.
Oct. 1: After a week off, the Cards return to friendly fans and push their record to 3-1 against the not-so-Thundering Herd of Marshall. Future U of L foe West Virginia will be paying close attention to this one.
Oct. 8: Great time to be playing North Carolina, even though it’s at Chapel Hill. Butch Davis’ late firing didn’t help Carolina’s cause.
Oct. 15: U of L opens Big East play at Cincinnati. If you’ve been paying close attention, you know that the Cards will be 4-1 when they take the field at Nippert Stadium, and will float back down the Ohio with victory No. 5.
Oct. 21: Last year in New Jersey, U of L romped 40-13 over Rutgers, so you know the Cards can repeat at Papa John’s. Wow! The Cards will be 6-1. BCS, here we come!
Oct. 29: Syracuse will be tough, but once again the Cards will fly high.
Nov. 5: Now for the toughest game so far, at West Virginia. Hey, only the Oklahomas and Alabamas of the gridiron world finish unbeaten. So most likely, the Mountaineers will be too rambunctious at home.
Nov. 12: Another tough one. Pittsburgh will be improved, but the Cards will be rolling when the Panthers come to town so stick with U of L, now 7-2.
Nov. 19: The Cards blanked UConn 26-0 last season. This one will be at Connecticut, but Charlie Strong won’t allow the Cards to let up.
Nov. 25: This one will be at South Florida, and the Cards owe USF big time (last year the Bulls won 24-21 in overtime).
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