Kentucky travels to Florida in Week 2, hoping desperately to break one of the most dubious streaks the SEC has ever seen.
The Wildcats haven’t beaten the Gators since 1986. That’s 29 consecutive losses in arguably the most lopsided annual series showcased by the conference. If UK falls to UF on Saturday, we’re talking three full decades.
Fourth-year coach Mark Stoops and Co. have been close recently. Two years ago in Gainesville, they took Florida to triple overtime before falling 36-30. Last season in Lexington, they mounted a fourth-quarter comeback that came up just short, 14-9. The gap in talent between the two programs has been more narrow than usual.
With second-year coach Jim McElwain rebuilding the Gators, a curse-breaking victory would cool Stoops’s seat considerably.
“Each and every season, each team is totally different from another,” Stoops said Wednesday on the league’s weekly coaches teleconference. “The fact that we played Florida well the past two games, the...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon is mostly retired and Tony Stewart is almost out the door. Now Dale Earnhardt Jr. is sidelined for the rest of the year, exposing NASCAR's glaring need for new stars to captivate the audience.
The three big names who have moved the needle for NASCAR the past two decades have a combined seven championships, 168 career Cup wins and five Daytona 500 victories. More important, they are the household names for NASCAR, the ones who move the needle and make people pay attention.
But Gordon called last year his last, only to be called back to the race car in late July when a concussion knocked Earnhardt out for the season. Stewart, meanwhile, has just 13 races left in his NASCAR driving career.
He was in vintage form Sunday night at Darlington Raceway, where he seemed to intentionally wreck Brian Scott in a move that earned him a post-race sit-down with NASCAR's bigwigs. Stewart's response to the incident? A wry smile and denial of culpability.
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