LEXINGTON, KY. (WDRB) – In preparing to face top ranked Alabama, the Kentucky Wildcats know the odds are stacked against them.
But they also know they’re starting to play a lot better.
After a 0 and 2 start, the Cats have bounced back to win its last two games. UK’s offense showed signs of life against New Mexico State and then this past weekend, the defense stepped up against South Carolina.
“I’m confident we’ll continue to push forward. Our players are growing,” said Stoops. “I think they learn every time they take the field and every time we practice and we’re going to continue to do that.”
Stoops was proud of the way his defense got back to the fundamentals against the Gamecocks, allowing a season low 268 yards offense. If his team is to have any chance against defending national champions, he knows they’ll still need to improve on their all recent success.
“What impresses you about them is their whole program,” Stoops said of the 4-0 Crimson Tide. “Top to bottom, they do things right. They’re extremely talented and very well coached. There’s a lot you could talk about what they do right.”
Bama is tops in the SEC in points per game and on defense, they are second in the conference in fewest points allowed. It’s a lot to worry about for Kentucky (2-2, 1-1 SEC) which is why right now, Stoops is putting most of the focus on what his team can do.
“I want to see us continue to worry about us,” said Stoops. “We know who we are and what we’re capable of.”
Given the circumstances, UK beating a number one team would be unexpected but it wouldn’t be unprecedented. Cats have actually beaten a top ranked team three times, most recently in 2007 against LSU.
Kickoff Saturday at 7PM in Tuscaloosa.
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