The Kentucky Wildcats haven’t really been known for fielding a dominant football team. John Calipari and their basketball brethren are the Kentucky folk that get all of the recognition, and understandably so. The Kentucky Wildcats football team hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2010, and last won one in 2008. Even though things haven’t gone quite as planned, there is still optimism that Mark Stoops has the Wildcats trending in the right direction.
Kentucky missed out on the bowl scene last season for the fourth year in a row, but Stoops carved out a competitive team that could carry some upside heading into 2015. Kentucky did lose stud pass-rusher Alvin Dupree to the 2015 NFL Draft, but otherwise, the talent is still in place to boast a solid defense for the upcoming campaign. The pressure could really be on the offense, where Patrick Towles is expected to edge out Drew Barker for the starting quarterback position. No matter who is taking snaps under center, Kentucky looks like they have a strong running game leading them, anchored by Stanley Williams. In addition, there is solid depth at wide receiver, an area that is littered with young talent behind junior Ryan Timmons.
The Wildcats crumbled after an amazing 5-1 start a year ago, but all of their weapons on both sides of the ball, not to mention last season’s hot start, are precisely why Kentucky Wildcats tickets carry so much value this season on secondary market sites like TiqIQ. Right along with that value is a talented, potentially-rising Kentucky squad operating in the ultra-competitive SEC, where massive conference showdowns await.
Kentucky gets the season started with a killer bargain at Commonwealth Stadium, where fans pay just $42 on average for their home opener date with the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. That likely win should get the Wildcats started off the right way and prepare them for a huge week two clash with the rival South Carolina Gamecocks (just $101.44 on average).
More value is to be had inside the conference, as Wildcats tickets are just $55.31 for a showdown with Eastern Kentucky, $60.64 on average for a matchup with Vanderbilt and $70.63 for a game opposite Missouri. Fans can see the value in Kentucky Wildcats tickets the most when they meet up with the Florida Gators, though, where fans can get in for $97.30 on average and the cheap seats are just over $54.
Kentucky’s most expensive game of the year still comes in under $200, as a road date with the Georgia Bulldogs is still just $182.54 on average. Kentucky doesn’t get the draw of the hated Alabama Crimson Tide this year, but an October 15 battle with the Auburn Tigers is just as good and only costs $111.75 on average. Can’t get to the games? DISH TV packages starting from $13 a month includes the SEC Network so not a moment of Kentucky’s season needs to be missed.
While Kentucky has some tough matchups this year, they also have three “gimme” games on the docket that could help put them in position to be one of the true surprise teams in college football. After impressive showings versus the likes of Louisville (lost by four), Florida (lost in triple overtime), Vanderbilt (won) and South Carolina (won), a rising Wildcats team could potentially be bad news for the SEC in ’15.