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ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit Expects Breakthrough Year From This SEC Program

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Winning in the SEC is never easy, and when you're one of the programs in the league lacking a rich football tradition, the task becomes harder.

Kentucky is in search of its winning season in seven years and first bowl berth in six. The Wildcats have gone 4-20 in league play the last three seasons under Mark Stoops. 

Stoops was brought in to rebuild the program after the dismissal of Joker Phillips, and while he's got UK recruiting at a higher level than it had been, the victories haven't followed.

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit expects that to change this year. Speaking at a fundraiser today in Louisville, Herbstreit said he expects a "breakthrough" year for the 'Cats. 

From The Courier-Journal

"I'll be very surprised if he doesn't have a breakthrough year this year," Herbstreit said during the Kickoff Luncheon at the Galt House to benefit the 21st Century Parks and the Parklands of Floyds Fork. "Now a breakthrough year for Kentucky isn't (the same as) a breakthrough year for Florida or Georgia. A breakthrough year for Kentucky - if they were to get to a bowl game and get to seven or eight wins - that would be monumental."

Kentucky last reached the eight-win plateau in back-to-back seasons under Rich Brooks in 2006 and 2007. Is Herbstreit correct in thinking they could do it this season?

Wildcats fans, what do you think? 

[ Courier-Journal ]