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SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic could see nine or 10 wins for UK

Kentucky’s physical play has impressed SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By DUSTIN CORDELL, Contributing Writer

It’s football time in the Bluegrass. Kentucky is officially a football state right now after a 4-0 start to the season by the Wildcats. Kentucky is unbeaten after four weeks for the  first time since 2008, and ranked for the first time since 2007. Even better is the fact that this team has a shot to surpass anything those two teams accomplished.

A big reason this season is likely to surpass those two is due to the scheduling. Traditionally the second half of the season for Kentucky has been the toughest part of the season. Outside of the Georgia game, that simply is not the case this year as both Tennessee and Louisville appear to be very vulnerable right now.

Kentucky has beaten two top 25 teams through the first four games this year while snapping the Florida streak at 31 and beating then 14th ranked Mississippi State who had won eight of the last nine meetings with UK.

The Wildcats appear to be set to win eight or more games in a season for the first time since 1984 under Jerry Claiborne. Benny Snell is having a Heisman type season and Josh Allen is solidifying himself as a first round pick for the upcoming NFL draft.

While almost nobody saw the Cats starting 4-0 this season and being ranked 17th at any point, some thought this could be a really good season for the Cats

One of those people was Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network. Cubelic is on record saying the Cats could finish the season at 7-5 before the season started. I was able to touch base with him about the Wildcats and what to expect for the remainder of the season. Without question, the Big Blue Nation is going to be happy with what he had to say.

Vaught’s Views: You predicted a 7-5 season for Kentucky heading into the season, after the first four weeks what are your expectations now?
Cubelic: “I  thought they could win seven or eight games then but now I can see them getting nine, 10 wins this season. I didn’t see them winning against Mississippi State then and the Louisville game is very winnable.”

Vaught’s Views: What about Kentucky has stood out to you the most to this point?
Cubelic: “Their physicality. It is very hard to match for other teams. Offensive line has been impressive with Logan, Drake, and Bunchy. Terry has been more dynamic than expected, and the defensive line has been huge.”

Vaught’s Views: As an offensive linemen yourself, what about the UK line has made them so dominate so far?
Cubelic: “Very good technique, and  experience. Very impressed with the line considering they lost Landon Young to injury because it takes all five guys doing their job. Benny Snell also is patient enough to give them time to do their jobs.”

Vaught’s Views: You played on the line so can you tell me if there is any way you can prepare for Josh Allen outside of double teams  at this point?
Cubelic: “Have to study film, double him on the outside, or use a running back. Problem with that is he is so flexible, you can move him around so much it’s hard to stop him.”

Vaught’s Views: Kentucky is ranked 17th, have beaten two top 25 teams, yet an unranked South Carolina team opened up as a two-point favorite. How is this possible?
Cubelic: “I can not explain it. It makes no sense. Kentucky should have been the favorite and are the favorite in the updated odds.”

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