2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Kentucky Offense
Running game, running game, running game. It’s not that Terry Wilson can’t throw, but the downfield passing game just isn’t a huge part of the offensive scheme. The rushing attack has to take control of games and take over when needed … without UK all-time leading rusher Benny Snell.
It’ll take a village to replace the main man, and it’ll take Wilson to be dangerous out of the backfield again, too. How much did the ground game matter?
Kentucky ran for over 100 yards nine times last season, and went 9-0. It went under the 100-yard mark four times, lost three of them, and needed a miracle comeback to get by Missouri.
Biggest Key To The Kentucky Defense
Find the pass rush. It was way too easy to rely on Josh Allen to take care of getting to the quarterback and making big things happen, and now it’ll take a whole lot of work to replace his 17 sacks.
Boogie Watson was second on the team with just five sacks, and the pressure came from a whole slew of spots, but there has to be consistent pressure to make up for the loss of seven starters, especially Allen.
The Wildcats came up with two sacks or fewer seven times, failed to get one in the loss to Georgia, and came up with just one in the loss to Tennessee.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Terry Wilson, Jr.
For what the offense needed him to do, he was good enough. He ran for 547 yards and four scores, his 67% of his throws for 1,889 yards and 11 scores, and he showed he could come through when absolutely needed. Now he’s the main man.
There’s a massive leadership void on both sides of the ball with Josh Allen and Benny Snell done. It’s up to Wilson to be a bigger figure both statistically and for the team as a whole. He can do it, but the O is now his to carry.
Key Game To The Kentucky Season
Florida, Sept. 14
Do it again. 1986 was the last time Kentucky beat the Gators until last season’s fantastic 27-16 stomping in the Swamp. That set the tone for the rest of the amazing season, and now the Cats have to do it all again with the SEC opener at home against an improved Florida squad. Considering three of the next four SEC games are on the road, lose, and it’ll likely be a tough start.
– Kentucky Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Kentucky Fun Stats
– Penalties: Opponents 101 for 858 yards – Kentucky 79 for 721 yards
– Rushing TDs: Kentucky 27 – Opponents 12
– 1st Quarter Scoring: Kentucky 75 – Opponents 30