By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky was favored to win another Southeastern Conference championship this season.
But is that possible now that UK has dropped to only 4-3 in SEC play after Saturday’s home loss to Florida?
Florida is 6-4. Auburn — yes, Auburn — is 5-1. Alabama is now 5-2. Tennessee is 4-3 like UK and Missouri is 3-3.
Kentucky still has to play at Auburn, Missouri, Florida, Texas A&M and Arkansas.
The Cats are almost certain to fall out of the national rankings today — something that has not happened since the 2013-14 season. Of course, that team went to the national title game after Calipari’s late season “tweak” that he never really explained.
Road wins are perhaps the best indicator of which team will win the SEC championships. Four road wins and no home losses has been enough to win the the league title each of John Calipari’s previous eight years at UK. Three road wins and no home losses has been enough to win the SEC in four of Calipari’s eight years.
Florida already has three road wins — Texas A&M, Missouri and Kentucky with a loss at Mississippi. The Gators still have road games at South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Alabama. One more road win and a sweep of games in Gainesville would likely make Florida the SEC champ based on past records unless UK basically ran the table with its SEC road schedule.
No there’s no way to know if that might be true this year or not, but the SEC is supposed to be more balanced than in recent memory. Based on play so far, it seems logical to think teams will lose even more, especially on the road, than they have in past years and that just makes the wins Florida already has at UK and Texas A&M even more crucial.