Kentucky WIldcats: Prediction at 2009 Schedule

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Kentucky WIldcats: Prediction at 2009 Schedule
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When Rich Brooks took Kentucky to its third straight bowl game in 2008, he became only the second coach in Kentucky football history to accomplish that feat behind the great Bear Bryant.

Like the previous years, Kentucky will have its work cut out for them if they want to go bowling this season as well. They have found a way the past three years, so this year should not be any different.

Kentucky will most likely have all the chips on the table, ready to go all in. Ready to take that next step and insure there mark in the history of Kentucky annuals.

Kentucky Wildcats 2009 schedule:

Saturday, September 5: Miami (Ohio)

  • Series: Kentucky leads 6-4-1
  • Where: Paul Brown Stadium
  • 2008 record: 2-10
  • Starters lost: 10
  • Returning starters: 11
  • Player to watch: Daniel Raudabaugh, QB

It marks the first time in years that Kentucky has not started the first game of the year at home. It should have the home field feel to the game being so close to Lexington.

Kentucky should not have a problem taking care of the Redhawks. The defense will stop Miami from ever getting started. The question here is: Mike Hartline.

If Hartline doesn't seem to be moving the ball against a defense that lost six starters, then he won't be able to do much. If this happens, look for Brooks to make a switch at some time and put in one of his studs behind center.

Kentucky 27-10

Saturday, September 19: Louisville

  • Series: Kentucky leads 12-9
  • Where: Commonwealth Stadium
  • 2008 record: 5-7
  • Starters lost: 11
  • Returning starters: 17
  • Player to watch: Victor Anderson, RB

In the past years, the winner has gone on to a bowl game. The loser has endured a long season. This rival game means everything to the state of Kentucky.

Look for it to be closer then it was last year when Kentucky won 27-2. The cats will have the upper hand on the cards again this year as Kragthorpe goes win less against Kentucky in his tenure.

Kentucky 28-17

Saturday, September 26: Florida

  • Series: Florida leads 42-17
  • Where: Commonwealth Stadium
  • 2008 record: 13-1
  • Starters lost: 4
  • Returning starters: 18
  • Player to watch: Tim Tebow, QB

Florida has owned and will own Kentucky again in 2009. Kentucky has yet to gain the talent needed to keep up with the Gators. The losing streak continues.

Florida 45-13

Saturday, October 3: Alabama

  • Series: Alabama leads 34-2-1
  • Where: Commonwealth Stadium
  • 2008 record: 12-2
  • Starters lost: 9
  • Returning starters: 13
  • Player to watch: Julio Jones, WR

Kentucky kept it close last year, proving that they could play with the crimson tide. Only a field goal keep Kentucky away.

It will be another hard task for Kentucky to win against a defense that lost only two players from last year. The good thing is that 'Bama lost seven on the offense side of the ball.

Could be a upset if everything goes Kentucky's way, but as of now: Alabama 17-7

Saturday, October 10: South Carolina

  • Series: South Carolina leads 13-6-1
  • Where: Williams-Brice Stadium
  • 2008 record: 7-6
  • Starters lost: 11
  • Returning starters: 11
  • Player to watch: Moe Brown, WR

Steve Spurrier has owned Kentucky when he was at Florida and the same at South Carolina. Spurrier lacks the depth and talent as years past. Game should come down to the fourth quarter.

Kentucky 24-21

Saturday, October 17: Auburn

  • Series: Auburn leads 24-5-1
  • Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium
  • 2008 record: 5-7
  • Starters lost: 8
  • Returning starters: 14
  • Player to watch: Kodi Burns, QB

Auburn will be looking to rebuild under Gene Chizik. Chizik was a surprise hire, having a career record of 5-19. Auburn still has talent, but do they have the coach to make the best of it?

Auburn 13-6

Saturday, October 24: Louisiana-Monroe

  • Series: Kentucky leads 2-1
  • Where: Commonwealth Stadium
  • 2008 record: 4-8
  • Starters lost: 8
  • Returning starters: 14
  • Player to watch: Anthony McCall, WR

Louisiana-Monroe doesn't have the talent to match up with Kentucky on offense or defense. Cats should run up the score on this one.

Kentucky 38-17

Saturday, October 31: Mississippi State

  • Series: Kentucky leads 21-15
  • Where: Commonwealth Stadium
  • 2008 record: 4-8
  • Starters lost: 10
  • Returning starters: 13
  • Player to watch: Tyson Lee, QB

Usually a hard fought game, with the winner coming late in the game. State is rebuilding under new coach Dan Mullen. Look for Kentucky to avenge a lost to the dogs two years ago at home.

Kentucky 27-14

Saturday, November 7: Eastern Kentucky

  • Series: Kentucky leads 2-0
  • Where: Commonwealth Stadium
  • 2008 record: 8-4
  • Starters lost: 10
  • Returning starters: 12
  • Player to watch: Cody Watts, WR

Kentucky has more talent that will win the game. Kentucky won the last meeting hands down and the same with this one.

Kentucky 41-21

Saturday, November 14: Vanderbilt

  • Series: tied 38-38-4
  • Where: Vanderbilt Stadium
  • 2008 record: 7-6
  • Starters lost: 5
  • Returning starters: 17
  • Player to watch: Jared Hawkins, TB

Vanderbilt got over the long hump last season going  to a bowl game and winning. The 'Dores and cats always play hard and close. Game is won before the fourth.

Kentucky 20-14

Saturday, November 21: Georgia

  • Series: Georgia leads 49-11-2
  • Where: Sanford Stadium
  • 2008 record: 10-3
  • Starters lost: 9
  • Returning starters: 13
  • Player to watch: A.J. Green, WR

Georgia has lost star power off last years team but has talent to replace them. Kentucky has played Georgia close the past few years. Kentucky could pull out another upset.

Georgia 27-24

Saturday, November 28: Tennessee

  • Series: Tennessee leads 72-23-9
  • Where: Commonwealth Stadium
  • 2008 record: 5-7
  • Starters lost: 10
  • Returning starters: 13
  • Player to watch: Gerald Jones, WR

Like Florida, Tennessee has dominated Kentucky. Before the game last year, Kentucky looked to have the edge after Tennessee fired there coach. Tennessee showed Kentucky that they didn't

The Lane Kiffin season one, ends with a loss to rival Kentucky.

Kentucky 21-17

Final prediction on 2009 season: 8-4

 

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