UK FOOTBALL | Georgia game will define Kentucky's season, Stoops' tenure as head coach
11/03/2015 04:28 PM
LEXINGTON — After suffering its two worst losses of the season in back-to-back weeks, the Kentucky Wildcats (4-4, 2-4 SEC) will play to get back on track this weekend on the road at Georgia (5-3, 3-3 SEC).
After starting the 2015 season 4-1, UK is currently on a three-game slide, including a 26-point loss on the road to Mississippi State two weeks ago, followed by a 52-21 home collapse to Tennessee on Saturday.
The Bulldogs have faced their share of trials in recent weeks, too, losing Heisman-contending running back Nick Chubb to a season-ending knee injury before losing three of their last four games, including a 27-3 defeat at Florida last weekend.
- “We are looking forward to Georgia,” Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said during his weekly press conference on Monday afternoon. “That is the beautiful thing is we have another great challenge going in and playing at Georgia, on the road, and a team that is probably upset just like us. The only way you can erase this feeling in your program is to get a victory, I am sure they feel the same way, just like we do to go out and play a very good game this week.”
Kentucky endured a similar slump during the second half of the 2014 season, starting 5-1 before dropping its final six games to miss out on bowl eligibility.
But despite fears growing throughout Big Blue Nation that 2015 could turn into a repeat of last year, Stoops assures UK is not giving up on the season.
- “We are anxious to get back to work,” Stoops said. “I don’t see one bit of anything within our program or in our players after watching that film – there is not one bit of me that thinks our hearts were not in it. Not at all.”
Click below to watch KSTV’s discussion on Kentucky’s matchup against Georgia this weekend, explaining why it could be a program-defining weekend for both UK and Mark Stoops: