It’s Thursday, so for those of you keeping score at home, it’s time for another rendition of This Week in Wildcat History.
We’re back after a much needed bye week and we’re happ…what’s that? Oh, we played last week? My bad. I thought that Charleston Southern thing on the schedule was just a prank that one of my co-workers played on me. In any case, we’ll begin this week’s TWIWH with a quick look back at the art of schedule-making.
As you may know, prior to the 2006 season, Division I football teams were only allowed to play a maximum of 11 regular-season contests in a given year. So, that meant that the Cats could only schedule 3 non-SEC opponents to go along with their large helping of conference beef. It also meant that the Tennessee game, which can now be found as the 12th and final game of the UK season on an annual basis, used to be the caboose of the Cats’ 11 game schedule each year.
We here at TWIWH are going to talk in more detail about our dreadful history with Tennessee in a couple of weeks, so for the purposes of today’s rambling, we’re just going to say the following: Since the NCAA allowed Division I football schedules to expand to a 12 game regular-season in 2006, Kentucky holds a 2-2 record during the 11th game of the season. During the years 1984 to 2006, I’m pretty sure we’re all well aware of the Cats’ record during the season’s 11th game.
This week’s opponent, however, comes a little further west from our violent neighbors from Knoxville. They reside in a fantastic city, have a world-renowned academic regimen, and walk around one of the more beautiful campuses in the South. Why do I speak so highly of Vanderbilt, you ask? Well, it’s a little easier to do so when the record books show that Kentucky has won 5 of the last 6 against the Commodores, 11 of the last 14, and hold a 27-13 record against the Black and Gold over the course of the last 40 years. Quite frankly, our Cats haven’t had a whole lot of weeks where their history has been this bright. So, I’ll continue to speak highly of Vanderbilt if for no other reason that I enjoy having them in the SEC for selfish, record-padding reasons.
This Saturday will mark the 16th time in program history that Kentucky has taken the field on November 13, with the Cats holding an all-time record of 9-6 on the birthday of Whoopi Goldberg (who, ironically enough, has inspired the hairdo of a certain current Wildcat defender). In fact, the only two times that Kentucky has played Vandy on November 13, the Cats have emerged victorious, having defeated the Commodores during the 2004 season by a score of 14-13, and during the 1999 season by a final of 19-17. Here’s to hoping that the third time isn’t a charm for our friends from Nashville.
And with that, you now have a little extra useless knowledge that you will no doubt forget by the time the sun sets this evening.
Enjoy the final Red Lot extravaganza of the 2010 campaign, folks. And be sure to give those Seniors a rousing ovation – they deserve it.
Until next week.