By Damian C. Reynolds/Special to SEC Country
Kentucky has already ended two droughts this season.
The Wildcats defeated a ranked opponent for the first time since 2010 when they knocked off then-No. 25 and two-time defending SEC East champion Missouri on Saturday night.
Kentucky also ended its 22-game road losing streak by defeating South Carolina on Sept. 12.
The Wildcats are 3-1 and have already won two SEC games, which matches their SEC win total from a year ago.
Are they a sleeper in the SEC East?
The media picked Kentucky to finish sixth in the SEC East, ahead of only Vanderbilt, but the Wildcats already have defeated the No. 3 (Missouri) and No. 4 (South Carolina) preseason picks.
The Wildcats should enter their game against Auburn on Oct. 15 at 4-1 as long as they take care of business against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.
But we’ve heard this before.
Kentucky started 5-1 last year before losing six straight to end the season and missing out on another bowl.
The Wildcats seem to have more confidence this year, a more experienced quarterback in Patrick Towles and are better prepared to handle the second half of the season. Different players have already come through in key moments.
All that could help down the road in a sub-par SEC East.