The Kentucky Wildcats (1-2, 0-0) have a pretty good defense but desperately need a quarterback and some playmakers to step up on offense and cash in on scoring opportunities. This team is simply not good enough to win while consistently coming away empty on several drives per game deep inside their opponents’ territory.
The Cats were given golden opportunities to jump ahead of No. 7 Louisville (3-0, 0-0) last week, but mistakes killed several scoring drives. Kentucky’s defense held the powerful Cardinals offense and Heisman Trophy candidate Teddy Bridgewater in check for most of the first half, keeping the game tied at 3-3 before giving up a late first-half touchdown.
But Kentucky’s offense couldn’t take advantage as receivers dropped passes from Maxwell Smith – who took all but two snaps in the first half – while Raymond Sanders fumbled a handoff at the Louisville 13 late in the second quarter, erasing a chance for the Wildcats to tie the game before halftime. Then down 17-3, quarterback Jalen Whitlow threw a costly interception at the Louisville 2-yard-line on the Cats’ only scoring opportunity in the third quarter. Kentucky’s final drive of the game ended with a sack near the Cardinals’ red zone, resulting in another scoring chance blown.
What to look for in Week 4: Will a clear-cut starter emerge at quarterback during the off week? This Kentucky team has some fight in it but won’t be able to win many games at all unless its offense starts executing better and putting points on the board when opportunities arise.