LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky finished the last two seasons stuck on five wins, but this year’s team has two games left to capture the elusive sixth.
A home date with Austin Peay this weekend seems like a surefire win for the Wildcats against an FCS side that hasn’t won a game in more than two years. Kentucky faces a much more daunting task the next weekend with a game at No. 5 Louisville.
Stoops has made it clear how important a sixth win signaling bowl eligibility would be, but he seemed confident simply because of the team he has this year compared to the teams that got stuck on five wins.
“I think we’re a better team,” Stoops said Wednesday on his SEC teleconference. “You know, we’re playing better. Even though we’re coming off two losses, I think we did some very good things against some very good opponents the last two games.”
Kentucky fell to Georgia on a last second field goal and traveled to Tennessee where the Wildcats ran for 443 yards despite losing by 13 points. Kentucky finished 4-4 in conference play — it’s best SEC record since 2010.
“We know there’s always room for improvement,” Stoops said. “We’re trying to peak at the right time, but I think our team is stronger. I think we’re more physical than we’ve been in the past, particularly running the football.”
Kentucky and Austin Peay kick off at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.