The University of Kentucky Wildcats football program has recently established itself as a top-25 contender. The Wildcats have one national championship to their name, along with conference championships and bowl game appearances. Kentucky Wildcats play football in the SEC Conference, often the best in the nation, and thus competes against some of the toughest teams in college football. Although the Wildcats may be better known as a top contender in basketball, Kentucky football has made a strong statement that opponents need to take them seriously. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Kentucky Wildcats football tickets.
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2017 Kentucky Season Preview
The 2015 Kentucky Wildcats football team finished the season with 5 wins and 7 losses for the second consecutive year. Mark Stoops will be leading the team for his fourth year and is striving for the Wildcats' first bowl showing since 2010. As Kentucky enters the 2016 season the offense looks promising with the most returning starters in the SEC. The offensive line will be anchored by senior center Jon Thoth, with Drew Barker predicted to join him as the favorite for starting quarterback once the 2016 football season starts. The biggest question mark for Kentucky coming into 2016 will be on defense with a young team taking on that side of the ball. The SEC schedule is never easy but crucial games from the Wildcats 2016 schedule will be at home against South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.
Kentucky Wildcats Football at Commonwealth Stadium Address: 1540 University Dr, Lexington, Kentucky, 40502
The Kentucky Wildcats play their home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. The stadium holds nearly 68,000 spectators. At Commonwealth, you'll hear the singing of “On, On U of K”, the school's traditional fight song. In a sea of blue and white, you'll see the team take the field on the beautiful new Bermuda grass field, hear the roar of the crowd and enjoy the new video screens and sound system. It's an experience rich in old traditions but with the modern amenities of recently updated stadium. The Kentucky Wildcats home bench is on the Commonwealth Stadium sideline with sections 105-114. Commonwealth Stadium parking information is covered in our Wildcats event guide.
Commonwealth Stadium Experience
Kentucky vs. Mississippi State
This has been one of the most evenly matched rivalries anywhere in the country. Both teams are charter members of the SEC; they have been played consistently since 1944, and annually since 1990. A chance to take the lead in this rivalry is on the line every year, making the games unpredictable, and with both teams taking strides to challenge the SEC elite, this matchup promises even more excitement in the future.
Kentucky vs. Louisville
The battle for the “Governor’s Cup” pits the Bluegrass State’s two largest universities against each other. First played in 1912, the rivalry was reinstated in 1994, with the “Governor’s Cup” the prize for the winning school. This has been a close matchup over the years, with Kentucky holding a slight edge in series wins. The state of Kentucky is divided down the middle and this can’t miss game has state bragging rights on the line for an entire year.
Kentucky vs. Tennessee
Separated by only 170 miles, this is one of the closest interstate rivalries in the country and it dates back to 1893. Initially this was a very close matchup, but since the 1930’s, Tennessee has dominated the series. However, a majority of the games have been won by small margins, and both fan bases are eager to beat the other, making this game always interesting and one of the best experiences in the SEC.
Kentucky Wildcats in the College Football Playoff, Bowl Games and SEC Championship
Believe it or not, the Kentucky Wildcats have been a member of the SEC their entire existence. Starting with legendary coach “Bear” Bryant under the realm, the Wildcats have won their fair share of bowl games over the years, compiling a better than .500 record in the process. With an impressive two SEC to date, the Wildcats are surely a presence in College Football’s most premier conference. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and the SEC Championship Game.
2015 Kentucky Football Preview
The Kentucky Wildcats had an increasingly competitive team last season. Despite ending the season 5-7, the Wildcats had some major wins, including beating SEC East rival South Carolina. Kentucky returns in 2015 to try and turn some of those close losses, into victories. Wildcats quarterback Patrick Towls will try and best his 2,700 yard performance from a season ago, and will lead Kentucky into a wide open SEC East division. Kentucky will also feature one of the most experienced defenses in the SEC in 2015, with 6 seniors slated to start. The Wildcats defensive line should be one of the top unites in the SEC and could help turn Kentucky into contenders in the East. Top games on the Kentucky Wildcats 2015 schedule are in Lexington against Florida, Missouri, and Auburn.
2014 Kentucky Football Preview
After reaching bowl games every year from 2006-2010, the Wildcats have struggled over the past 3 seasons. With head coaching changes, and a daunting conference schedule every season, Lexington has not had much reason to cheer. But with head coach Mark Stoops heading into his 2nd season, the outlook for Kentucky is as good as it has been since 2010. The Wildcats have a chance to match their season total of wins from last season in their first 3 games of 2014. Look for Kentucky to have a stellar defensive front 7, headlined by Za’Darius Smith, and Alvin Dupree. Key games for the Wildcats bowl chances in 2014 will be September 27th against Vanderbilt, and then the final two weeks of the season against rivals Tennessee and Louisville.
2013 Kentucky Football Preview
Mark Stoops enters his first season as the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats after leading the Florida State Seminoles defense for the last three seasons. Kentucky finished with two wins in 2012, so Stoops has a lot of work cut out for him to turn around a football program that plays in the very tough SEC. Stoops’ impact on defense will be felt immediately and he will implement a more up-tempo offense that should put more points on the board. The key for the Wildcats this season will be returning to a bowl game and with many winnable games on the schedule, Stoops has a chance to make an immediate impact on a football program that is desperately trying to find its way in college football. Louisville, Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee will all travel to Lexington in 2013.
2011 Kentucky Football Preview
Despite heading to five consecutive bowl games, Wildcats head coach Joker Phillips is looking for something more. He’s not in it for another .500 season, and in his second season is looking to make Kentucky known for more than basketball.
That will begin with junior quarterback Morgan Newton, who is getting tons of praise during spring practice. He will have to step up his game because his backfield will be getting a lot of on-the-job training. Last year’s leading rusher Derrick Locke was lost to graduation, so sophomore Raymond Sanders will have to carry the load. The wide-outs will be in the situation since both of UK’s starters from last year are now in the NFL. Junior La'Rod King and sophomore Brian Adams look to be the best prospects to fill their shoes.
The sieve that was known as the UK defensive line is hoped to be gone after switch to a 3-4 scheme. They’re hoping that sophomore defensive tackle Mister Cobble, who was ineligible in 2010, is that player. The switch, however, will make the linebacking corps even more important, which makes senior Winston Guy’s move from safety to linebacker is so important. senior linebacker Danny Trevathan will be the most important cog in that system, however. The 2010 SEC leader in tackles debated about entering the NFL, but retuned to follow his head coach to something possibly bigger.
2010 Kentucky Football Preview
Kentucky has enjoyed an era of success not seen in Lexington in nearly half a century. The Wildcats have been to four straight bowl games, going 3-1 in that stretch. Coach Joker Phillips enters his first year as head coach after being the offensive coordinator since 2005, and while Kentucky has seen success lately, they still have yet to break into contention for the SEC title.
The Kentucky offense struggled a year ago, especially at the quarterback position. The Wildcats ranked 114th in the country in passing offense, and 93rd in total yards per game. Senior Mike Hartline is the presumptive starter, but sophomore Morgan Newton could quickly replace him if there are any problems. However, the offense does have some weapons at their disposal with junior receiver Randall Cobb and senior running back Derrick Locke, who have the potential to be an explosive force.
The performance of the defense is also uncertain, as the Wildcats lost tackle Corey Peters and cornerback Trevard Lindley. Replacing them will be difficult for defensive coordinator Steve Brown, and he'll be looking to senior defensive end DeQuin Evans to provide much needed leadership on this squad.
It may be difficult for Kentucky to make it to a fifth straight bowl game, especially with tough road match ups against Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee.
2009 Kentucky Football Preview
Much of the talk around Lexington has been about new Kentucky Wildcats basketball coach John Calipari. When the 2009 college football season kicks off Kentucky Head Coach Rich Brooks and his Wildcats will be looking to make fans forget about basketball season for awhile. Brooks returns a talented squad that is capable of making some noise in the always brutal SEC. If Kentucky gets its offense playing good football early, then watch out for UK to win some big football games in 2009.
2008 Kentucky Football Preview
The 2006 and 2007 seasons were some of the best football seasons Kentucky has experienced since the 1950's, winning two bowl games back-to-back. However, the 2008 season looks a little rough for the Wildcats, as the team will be losing several key players. The loss of Andre Woodson is going to make moving the ball via pass a little harder for the Wildcats offense, and a replacement will have to get some live snaps to get the offense back on a roll. However, there is plenty of talent on the ground. With three returning linemen and a solid running game, the Wildcats will have an advantage with a running offense.
The Kentucky defense was ranked last in the SEC last season, but had enough stamina to endure teams like LSU and Arkansas and pull out the win. This year's defense is looking much stronger, and there will be plenty or returning starters to put their experience to use. Though Kentucky may have had its best season in 2007, there is no telling what this Wildcat team is capable of in 2008. The success of this team is going to depend on the defense stepping up to the block, and the offense moving the ball despite having lost one of the best QB's the program has seen.