LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) – Mark Stoops knows his Kentucky Wildcats have not beaten the Florida Gators since 1986.
He knows the losing streak has reached 27 games.
He knows it's the longest active losing streak in the nation between big schools in an annual series.
He knows it all. He would prefer his players did not.
"It's not something I want to put in front of them," Stoops said Monday at his weekly press conference.
You'd have to go back even farther to find the last time Kentucky (2-0, 0-0 SEC) won in Gainesville-1979 for the history buffs. No, the history here has not been too kind for the Wildcats but this year, they hope to change their fortunes. The Wildcats believe they've made significant progress and at 2 and 0, their record backs up those claims.
"I'm anxious. I want to have a great week of preparation by our coaches and our players. I want us just as excited to go down there and play as we were in the first two games at home," said Stoops. "We know we are all in for a higher level of competition and we are excited about that."
Stoops admits there's a lot of uncertainly about just how far his team has come. That's why Saturday night's game at Florida (2-0, 0-0 SEC) is so important.
"I think it will be interesting to see how our young players respond and how they go play," said Stoops. "So, yeah, it's a measuring stick for us."