There isn’t any other team in the country whose first game will define their season more than the Wildcats. With a September 2nd collision course with Louisville rapidly approaching, a loss for Coach Phillips’ team to its most hated rival could do even more damage to his already shaky reputation around the Commonwealth. The big question fans want to know, “Is the team competitive enough to win games in the SEC?” With a lot of new, young faces in a host of different positions, it’s hard to tell. There were some good things that we saw at April’s spring game but, honestly, we won’t know how good they can be until they take the field at Papa John’s Stadium and beyond. I ran across an article today outlining exactly how hot each college football’s seat is going into the 2012 season and I was a little surprised with Joker’s number. CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd ranks each major coaches’ hot seat zero to five, depending on the vibe he gets from the fan base and the administration. Here’s his Hot Seat Rating Key and ranking for Phillips:
Knowing that there is huge part of Big Blue Nation wanting a coaching change, a two point jump for Phillips from last year is not a surprise. I am a little surprised that his rating is as low as 3.5. I don’t think it should be a five, but I do think that his seat is warm enough to be a four. What say you? Does Dodd have it right? Should the number be lower or higher?
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