Mark Stoops is the new kid on the block. UofL's Charlie Strong has been there, done that in the Battle for the Governor's Cup rivalry. He's both won and lost so he knows what it means.
Stoops meanwhile gets the importance of a big, in-state match-up...Florida versus Florida State a familiar game for the former FSU defensive coordinator.
Since day one in Lexington, Stoops has held Solid Blue fans attention by saying the Cats will beat that team in red when the time comes.
That time is now. But stealing a win won't be what this week is about.
It's about just playing the Cats' game and improving.
That is, if you believe what you hear in the video from Mark Stoops.