Why Not Kentucky For SEC East Champions?

Jesse MitchellCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2009

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 15:  David Jones #7 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates after intercepting a pass during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores on November 15, 2008 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

OK, we all know Florida is the entire NCAA right now. They had a mistake-free win over a junior college team, and the rest of us should just pack it up and go home.

With all the pundits and experts already crowning them the National Champions, how dare I write an article about the SEC East having the possibility of a different champion.

But, hold on a minute friend. This is the SEC. Thee are no freebies in conference play, and we are all fools trying to even come close to predicting the conference champions.

All the talk has been on Florida, Alabama, and the dark horses of LSU and Georgia complicating. Arkansas has an explosive offense, and the Auburn faithful would have you believe that Shug Jordan or Pat Die is the new coach out on the plains.

Who do you not hear about?


They are a basketball school and cannot win the SEC. SO what they have been to three bowl games in a year.

Who cares that Rich Brooks and Joker Phillips have quietly recruited playmakers.

Miami of Ohio? Well, they have a good team, but with a new coach, they just could not be comparable with any SEC team. Who noticed that the Wildcats third string had more offense in the fourth quarter than the opponents had all game.

This is Kentucky, give me a break. They do not win championships in football.

This is the same Kentucky that almost beat Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee last year. They lost all of those games in the fourth quarter.

They return most of their players, and they have focused on winning games.

The Wildcats have a bye this week, but then embark on an eleven game endeavor that could be brutal.


They have all of the big test up front. A rivalry game at Louisville, then Florida and Alabama at Lexington.

We are going to find out real quick if Coach Brooks has the team ready. Five years ago, he asked for five years to win the East. This is their year. If they are going to do it for 68 year old Rich Brooks, this is the year.

If they can win one of those games, preferably over their SEC East peers Florida, then Kentucky will go all the way to the SEC CS game.

You heard it here first, folks.

Lets face it. Florida, much to Urban Myers chagrin, has looked past every opponent except Georgia and who they think they will play in the SEC Championship Game, Alabama.

This leaves them ripe for an upset, and despite the Gators vaulted defense, I smell upset in the Bluegrass on September 26.

So keep ignoring and looking past them, this team that lost to Bama by three in Tuscaloosa.

Who better than Kentucky?

I will redact this article if I am wrong, but...