Midseason review: Kentucky


Record: 3-3 (0-3 SEC)

Mired in a three-game losing streak, Kentucky needs to find a way to stop the bleeding and stop it fast. The 37-34 home loss to Auburn Saturday was a real downer because the Wildcats had battled back in the second half and put themselves in a position to win. Now, they have two games upcoming at home that are absolutely vital. If the Wildcats can’t win at least one of these next two against South Carolina or Georgia, they can probably forget about extending their bowl streak to five straight years. Defense has been the problem here lately, specifically against the run. The Wildcats are last in the SEC in rushing defense and giving up an average of 190.3 yards per game. In six games, they’ve allowed 15 rushing touchdowns -- four more than anybody else in the league. So to make a run in the second half of the season, they have to get that part of their defense shored up and get running back Derrick Locke healthy. He’s not expected to play Saturday against South Carolina after suffering a stinger.

Offensive MVP: WR Randall Cobb. There’s little doubt that Cobb is the most versatile player in this league. That was pretty well established before the season began. But as we hit the midway point, good luck in finding a player anywhere in college football who does more than Cobb and does it as well as Cobb. He’s produced touchdowns four different ways this season (rushing, passing, receiving and punt return) and has accounted for a touchdown in 20 of the past 22 games in which he’s played.

Defensive MVP: LB Danny Trevathan. He’s the SEC’s tackles leader with 59 total stops and the guy the Wildcats look to for the big play on defense. Trevathan leads the team with eight tackles for loss, and he’s also forced a fumble. The reality is that Kentucky needs more guys playing up to his level the rest of the way if the Wildcats are going to dig out of this hole and start stopping people.