LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) – For the first time in the Mark Stoops era, the Kentucky Wildcats enter an SEC game as the favorite.
It may not sound like much but when you consider Joker Phillips was only favored in 1 of 24 conference games during his three seasons at Kentucky, you have to believe the team is making considerable strides.
“I think we're much further along obviously than any time I've been here,” said Stoops Monday at his weekly press conference. “We've been a work in progress.”
Kentucky (2-1, 0-1 SEC) hosts Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-2 SEC) Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. The Wildcats have an opportunity to end an SEC losing streak that reached 17 games with a week 3 loss at Florida.
"It's important, it sure is,” said Stoops. “We'd sure like to get one, that's for sure. We work extremely hard each week to go out and put ourselves in a position to win. As I said after the last game, I was proud of the effort. I felt like if we keep on giving ourselves chances like that to win, then we'll get some wins."
The Wildcats would like to have immediately carried over any momentum from the Florida loss by playing a game in week 4, but Stoops admitted Monday the bye week was crucial in recharging the team, both emotionally and physically.
"Players had some time off, coaches were on the road recruiting. We have to get back today, get energy up. We had a good week last week."
Kickoff is at noon Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.