Football season is fast approaching. The 2008 University of Kentucky Wildcats football team will be in somewhat of a rebuilding mode this season.
I will go through Kentucky's 2008 football schedule and give my game-by-game predictions and analysis.
Aug. 31 @ Louisville
Kentucky and Louisville will square off in Louisville. Both teams lost a lot to graduation.
UL lost the likes of Brian Brohm, Harry Douglas, Mario Urrutia, Anthony Allen due to transfer, and George Stripling getting kicked off to just name a few.
With UL's totally new offensive personnel and their horrible defensive struggles, I think the Cats very experienced defense and running game prevail in this one.
Kentucky 24, Louisville 10
Sept. 6 vs. Norfolk State
The Cats will improve to 2-0 in this one.
Kentucky 42, Norfolk St. 17
Sept. 13 vs. Middle Tennessee State
The Cats will struggle early and get off to a slow start.
But in the end, the Cats defense and running game will be to much for MTSU to handle.
Kentucky 35, MTSU 17
Sept. 27 vs. Western Kentucky
Kentucky will be to much for WKU in Commonwealth Stadium and will improve to 4-0.
Kentucky 42, WKU 14
Oct. 4 @ Alabama
This will be UK's first real test other than a depleted Louisville team in the season opener.
The Crimson Tide's defense will be to much for the Cats' offense on the road.
The Cats will suffer their first loss on the season and fall to 4-1.
Alabama 28, Kentucky 17
Oct. 11 vs. South Carolina
This game is always a toss up.
Both team will rely on their rushing game with their inexperienced passing game. This will be a defensive battle in Commonwealth.
I'm still on the fence but Spurrier has always found a way to beat the Cats. The Cats will lose their second straight and fall to 4-2, but like I said, I'm still on the fence on this game.
USC 17, Kentucky 10
Oct. 18 vs. Arkansas
The Kentucky defense will hold Casey Dick and the Razorbacks newly implemented passing game installed by new coach Bobby Petrino in check.
There is no Darren McFadden or Felix Jones, so the Cats will take this one and improve to 5-2.
The Bobby Petrino own-age of the Cats will be out to rest in this one.
Kentucky 34, Arkansas 21
Oct. 25 @ Florida
This one is at the Swamp, this one is going to get pretty ugly in a heartbeat.
Florida 42, Kentucky 14
Nov. 1 @ Mississippi State
The Cats will be looking for revenge to avenge last year's drubbing by the Bulldogs in Commonwealth last season.
This will be a very good game. Both teams have strong running games and pretty good defenses. This will be a down-to-the-wire game and will go either way.
Kentucky 28, MSU 24
Nov. 8 vs. Georgia
In a previous article that I published on Bleacher Report, I explained that Kentucky could be a trap game for the Bulldogs.
UGA comes into Kentucky after two very tough games @LSU and Florida in Jacksonville. Also right before a very tough road game @Auburn.
The Cats are in a perfect position to be a trap game for UGA. Until I see the injury report for the Dawgs after the LSU and Florida games I'll mark this one down as a win for Georgia.
UGA 35, UK 17
Nov. 15 vs. Vanderbilt
The Cats defense will shut down Vandy's inexperienced offense and the running game will have a field day against Vandy. The Cats will officially become bowl eligible and improve to 7-4.
Kentucky 38, Vandy 17
Nov. 29 vs. Tennessee
The Cats make to trip to Neyland Stadium in Knoxville for the usual end of season rivalry game.
Tennessee has absolutely owned Kentucky for years and years. It will be a good game with a lot of yards racked up on the ground with Foster for Tennessee and Locke for Kentucky.
It will be a close game but in the end I can see UK pulling it out, but as much as I hate to say it, Tennessee will win, yet again. Kentucky falls to 7-5.
Tennessee 28, Kentucky 21
I can defiantly see the Cats beating Tennessee, South Carolina, and even Georgia if everything falls in place in our favor for the trap game against the Dawgs.
But on the other hand, I can see the Cats losing at Mississippi State and to Arkansas. All of those games will be very close, except for the UGA game if we don't play our absolute best.
I am predicting a record of 7-5 overall and 3-5 in SEC play.
It may be a rebuilding season but the Cats still have enough talent and the coaching to make it to the programs third straight bowl game.
Also, for a complete and in-depth preview of the Kentucky Wildcats, check out my 2008 Kentucky Wildcats Football Preview.
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