Florida-LSU game a "Reality Check" for UK's Brooks

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- If Rich Brooks had any job in America other than Kentucky football coach, he says he would have thoroughly enjoyed the classic battle between top-ranked Louisiana State and defending national champion Florida.

Considering his current occupation, Brooks had to watch the Tigers' 28-24 comeback victory Saturday, but he didn't like what he saw.

"It was a great game, then I had the reality check -- these are the two teams I've got to play the next two weeks," Brooks said Monday.

A week after tumbling at South Carolina, the No. 17 Wildcats face back-to-back home games that should determine whether they have any shot at reaching their goal of challenging for a Southeastern Conference championship.

For the second-straight year, LSU will go a long way toward defining Kentucky's season. Last year, expectations were high in Lexington when the Wildcats headed to Baton Rouge and were pounded 49-0.

This Kentucky team, which already has victories over Louisville and Arkansas to its credit, appears better than that squad, which went on to win the Music City Bowl. But LSU also has a better team than last year, Brooks said.

"We haven't seen a team yet this year that is going to give us the problems this one is going to give us," Brooks said. "I'm just hopeful we can get into the fourth quarter with an opportunity to win this game."