LEXINGTON, Ky. — It’s Week 9 and Kentucky still has a chance to win the SEC East.
It wasn’t conceivable after the Wildcats surrendered a 25-point lead to Southern Miss to start the year and got smashed in The Swamp a week later. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops still wants to keep the thought from his players’ minds even though his team sits in second place in the East.
“There will be no talk about that,” Stoops said Monday.
A couple players didn’t want to talk about a potential division title after a 35-21 win Saturday against Missouri. But senior safety Blake McClain said it’s hard to ignore the possibility.
“I’m not even going to lie,” McClain said after the Missouri game. “I know we’re up there, but every game we’ve got to keep winning. That’s the only way we’ll stay up there.”
And it’s true. The Wildcats need to beat Georgia at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and get a road win at Tennessee a week later. That, and two more SEC losses for division leading Florida. The Gators have two more road tests that Kentucky fans might be circling: at Arkansas on Saturday and at LSU.
It’s still the most unlikely of scenarios, but it could become a reality depending on this weekend’s results.
“Let’s play Georgia the very best we can,” Stoops said. “We’re in no position to look ahead against anybody. We’re going to do the same things we’ve been doing and we’re going to try to do them better this week. And that’s the great thing: I believe we have much better football in us.”