Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops knows exactly what he needs to do to stop Kirby Smart, to end the Georgia football dynasty in the SEC East forever.
Mark Stoops has done a sensational job of transforming the Kentucky football program in the last decade, but his Wildcats have been unable to beat Kirby Smart’s Georgia football team to date.
Kentucky was picked to finish second in the SEC East at SEC Media Days in Atlanta this week behind defending national champion Georgia. While the Wildcats are on the precipice of becoming a New Year’s Six team, Stoops knows exactly what he has to do to slow down the Georgia dynasty.
"“I saw Kirby a while ago; maybe I should haven taken out his knees?”"
Is Stoops really about to channel his inner Motor City Dan Campbell to conquer the SEC East?
Kentucky football HC Mark Stoops could go full-blown Motor City Dan Campbell
Although we are not entirely sure of Stoops’ Starbucks habit, we know what gets the Detroit Lions head coach’s motor running up in Motown, alright. All biting kneecaps jokes aside, like the Lions, the Wildcats should be a feisty non-division winner in their upcoming seasons. Though Kentucky may not be able to beat Georgia, the Wildcats can totally win double-digit games again this year.
The Wildcats went 10-3 last season after beating Iowa in the Citrus Bowl. Though they lost by 17 points to the eventual national champions, dropping the following two games to rivals Mississippi State and Tennessee is what hurt them in the end. Their schedule might be a little tougher this year (at Florida, at Ole Miss, at Tennessee), but they should win another five games in SEC play.
The only problem with that is five conference wins will not even be close to overtaking Georgia in the SEC East. If the Dawgs get past Oregon in Atlanta on Labor Day Weekend, they could navigate their regular-season slate to perfection once again. However, their mid-November road date at Kentucky is arguably their hardest conference game, as well as Sept. 17 at rival South Carolina.
More importantly, Smart remembers what Stoops tried to do at the end of last season’s game…