It's time for a Kentucky Wildcats football edition of America's favorite game show, Truth or Fiction?
Topic one: In its triple overtime loss (36-30) at 181/2-point favorite Florida, Kentucky scored a "moral victory" Saturday night.
To the surprise of most, Kentucky had a golden chance Saturday to snap what is now a 28-game losing streak to Florida.
A losing skid of such length to a conference foe undermines Kentucky's legitimacy as an SEC football program. For UK, a victory in The Swamp not only would have removed that stigma, it likely would have turbo-charged UK's recruiting momentum.
That the Wildcats could not seal the deal against Florida despite numerous chances to claim victory should be seen as a lamentable outcome.
You spell "moral victory" — L-O-S-S.
Topic two: Off the Florida loss, Kentucky backers nevertheless should be excited about the direction of the UK program.
Before Saturday night, the big positives that UK head coach Mark Stoops had presided over since coming to Lexington were recruiting successes and investments in facilities upgrades. The name for that is off-the-field progress.
Going toe-to-toe for three OTs with Florida in Gainesville, even if the Gators are not at the level they once were, was easily the most meaningful on-the-field evidence so far that the Kentucky program under Stoops is poised for flight.
It is not contradictory to be unhappy about a game's outcome but encouraged about a program's future based on how a team performed.
That's where Kentucky fans should be this week.
Topic three: The no-call in the first overtime on what appeared to be a delay-of-game penalty against Florida — on a fourth-down play where the Gators then scored a game-tying touchdown — cost Kentucky the game.
I was watching on TV, but it looked like delay of game to me. Still, even after the no-call, Kentucky could have won by:
1.) Stopping Florida on the ensuing play, which became a 9-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Driskel to a shockingly wide-open Demarcus Robinson.
2.) Scoring a touchdown in the second OT, after the UK defense held Florida to a field goal.
3.) Outscoring the Gators in the third overtime.
For that matter, even if the delay of game had been called, Florida would have faced 4th-and-12 at the UK 14. The Gators would have still had a viable chance to extend the game.
Topic four: UK football is cursed.
Many like to think Bear Bryant left a hex on the football teams of UK, a university foolish enough to let the great coach leave. Heck, I've had my fun with the idea of a UK football curse — remember the time (2006) I took the ghost hunters to Commonwealth Stadium?
It is indisputable that, across the decades, Kentucky has lost football games in some of the most excruciating manners possible:
From Hail Mary passes (LSU, 2002) to "game-clinching" interceptions that are fumbled away (Peach Bowl, 1993) to back-to-back pass-interference penalties to set up the winning field goal (Tulane, 1980).
Yet, with all that, all should have learned during Kentucky's five-year bowl streak (2006-10) that there is no super-natural force that keeps UK from winning football games.
From the time Rich Brooks' 2006 team rallied in the final minutes to beat Georgia through the 2010 game where Joker Phillips' Cats made a fourth-period charge to slay the dragon Steve Spurrier, UK won 14 games in which it trailed or was tied in the fourth quarter.
Included in those 14 were three victories over top-10 foes, one against an eventual BCS champion (LSU in 2007) and road wins at Auburn and Georgia (both 2009).
Recruiting talented players who learn how to make winning plays under game-deciding pressure leads to victories — even at Kentucky.
So the most encouraging thing to be taken from UK's showing at Florida is that the 2014 Wildcats appear to have young talent capable of growing into a nucleus that can compete in the SEC.
Perhaps the victory that got away Saturday in Gainesville is the first step for that nucleus in learning what it takes to win those kind of games in the future.