I’m not gonna lie to you friends; This Week in Wildcat History doesn’t have a whole lot of positive news to bring to the table here in week 7 of the 2010 campaign. Our opponent, their head coach, recent close defeats, injured key players…it all adds up to the first real “Debbie Downer” edition of TWIWH.
Fortunately, the last three weeks have tried to do just the opposite, but have still been followed by Kentucky losses on the gridiron. So, maybe a change in the approach to TWIWH won’t be such a bad thing after all.
As we all know far too well, the Cats enter Saturday’s contest against the University of South Carolina Gamecocks riding a ten game losing streak to their Eastern Division rivals from Columbia, despite having fielded a better team in many of those contests. On top of that, it’s no secret that The Old Ball Coach has, throughout the years, treated the Cats as if they were the Washington Generals to his Harlem Globetrotters. The OBC sports an all-time 17-0 record against the boys in blue.
The last time that Cats beat the Cocks, they were partying like it was 1999…because it was, in fact, 1999. That October, Kentucky left Columbia with a 30-10 victory over the home team in front of their undeniably loyal fan base.
The Cats currently sit at .500 with a 3-3 record and, fortunately, have seen the 7th game of their season fall in their favor during each of the past three seasons. Last year, they took a break from the grind of the SEC to play host to Louisiana-Monroe, and sent the Warhawks home on the wrong end of a 36-13 contest. The previous year, the Legend of Cobb officially started to take shape, as the Wildcat freshman with the ice blue eyes and the ice in his veins led an unbelievable comeback against Arkansas, scoring 2 touchdowns in the game’s final few minutes to bring the Cats back from the verge of defeat and secure an unimaginable 21-20 victory.
And, who could ever forget the epic 3 overtime contest during the seventh game of the 2007 season, when Stevie Got Looseeeee (again) and the Cats took down the nation’s #1 team and eventual National Champions, the Tigers from Louisiana State University.
Much like the 7th game of the past few seasons, the task this year is quite tall, with this week’s opponent coming off the biggest win in their program’s history. With our heroes in blue having lost 8 SEC contests in a row at home, and with some new found swagger in the step of the Gamecocks and their “Aww Shucks” coach, this one, on paper, looks to have all the makings of another Wildcat loss.
However, since we’re now fully aware of our history, I think that means we are no longer doomed to repeat it. Good thing, because it’s about time one of these streaks comes to an end. And with a win on Saturday, Kentucky can put an end to more than just one of them.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I still believe.
Until next week.