UK Coach Rich Brooks said the emotions are overflowing as he gets his team ready for the season opener against Miami University on Saturday at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium. The Wildcats are going for a school-record fourth consecutive bowl bid and can’t afford to stub its toe against the RedHawks.
“I’m anxious, kind of frustrated, antsy, I’m kind of nervous, I want to go play,” Brooks said. “A lot of our team is in the same mood if you will. Every game is important when you’re trying to establish consistent postseason play in your program. Every game is important when you’re trying to make a bigger run in your league.”
Preparations haven’t been easy since Miami is welcoming in a new coach in Mike Haywood.
“We’re going into this game a little blind,” Brooks said. “We’re not sure exactly what to expect because of the new coaching staff. We’re just kind of winging it if you will in preparations. I’m sure we’ll have to do some adjusting early in this game. I’m sure we’ll be surprised with a few things.”
The Wildcats enter the game with a streak of 14 consecutive non-conference wins, the second-longest streak in the nation and the longest for the school since a 17-game streak from 1954-60.
“I think we’re continually trying to raise our team to the level of the upper half of the SEC, and when you do that you should be able to do pretty well against the rest of the non-conference schedule. That doesn’t mean you’re perfect, but certainly we have more talent that I would call SEC-caliber than we had three, four years ago, that should translate into more wins.”