Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Three-point stance: Kentucky looks for rare win at Swamp
By Ivan Maisel
1. Florida has won nine consecutive SEC road games (excluding neutral-site games). Alabama has won eight. The team with the third-longest winning streak in conference road games -- Kentucky, with three. The Wildcats, 3-0, play at Florida on Saturday. “We've been on the road and have been focused and well prepared and did it for 60 minutes,” Kentucky coach Joker Phillips said. Kentucky’s last win in Gainesville? 1979 -- the Gators have beaten the ‘Cats 15 straight games in the Swamp.
2. It’s not fair to lump the Notre Dame of this season in with the Irish of last -- new coach, after all -- but this statistic stunned me. Notre Dame has lost six of its past seven games by a total of 24 points. You have to go back to the Gerry Faust years to find a similar streak. This team feels different, though. It may be the optimism generated by new coach Brian Kelly. But this team is a fake field goal and a last-minute loss away from being 3-0. If the Irish learn to win, they will pile up wins in a hurry.
3. BYU and Boise State signed a four-year deal beginning in 2012. Then Boise State agreed to join the Mountain West Conference. Commissioner Craig Thompson informed the schools that they would need to cancel the contract because the league would control the schedule. Then BYU announced it would become an independent. BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe told me Monday that a couple of weeks later, he got a message from his counterpart at Boise State, Gene Bleymaier. “Still want to play?” The series lives.