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ESPN Ranks UK’s Non-Conference Schedule as One of the Weakest in America

Kentucky’s 2019 football schedule is setting the Wildcats up for success. Even though Mark Stoops must replace the record-breaking Benny Snell and Josh Allen, finding wins will not be so difficult thanks to a favorable schedule.

Kentucky plays eight home games in 2019, four of which are against unranked non-conference foes — Toledo, Eastern Michigan, UT-Martin and Louisville. According to ESPN’s Chris Low, it’s the fifth easiest non-conference slate in the country.

Mark Stoops has done an outstanding job in Lexington. The Wildcats won 10 games a year ago, the first time they’ve won 10 or more games since 1977. But they’re losing several key players from the 2018 team and a ton of experience, so having a cushy nonconference schedule in 2019 won’t be all bad. The Wildcats will play all four games at home, and the only Power 5 opponent is the annual rivalry game against a Louisville team that’s starting over after going 2-10 a year ago.

It’s not just who UK is playing, it’s when they’re playing weak teams too. Low penned a piece on schedule superlatives, and he believes the Cats have the “Cushiest close to a season.”

Kentucky closes the season with a November that has a distinct Volunteer State flavor to it, and three of the four games are at home. Tennessee on Nov. 9, UT-Martin on Nov. 23 and Louisville on Nov. 30 will all come to Kroger Field. The only away game is against Vanderbilt on Nov. 16. None of UK’s four November foes finished with a winning record a year ago.

What does this mean? If Kentucky can upset Florida at home in week three, they can lose at South Carolina and at Mississippi State and still finish the regular season with nine wins. Obviously, there’s a lot of “ifs” that play into that scenario (like taking care of business at The Kroge vs. Tennessee and Mizzou), but it’s not out of reach.

It also means that Louisville sucks. When Louisville is bad at football, being a Kentucky football fan is much easier. Thanks Petrino!


Kentucky football’s over/under win total set at six

Kentucky football’s over/under win total set at six

We have our very first over/under win total set for Kentucky for the 2019 college football season, and it’s both laughably bad and free money for the BBN.

FanDuel set their lines for every team in the nation today, with the Wildcats coming in at six wins overall. 

Yes, despite the Wildcats coming off a historic 10-3 season with an extremely favorable schedule this year with eight home games, they believe they will just reach bowl eligibility.

Elsewhere, only two SEC teams had lower set win totals than Kentucky: Vanderbilt and Ole Miss.

Here is how everyone else in the conference fared:

  • Texas A&M – 7.5
  • Florida – 9
  • Alabama – 11
  • Auburn – 8
  • Georgia – 11
  • LSU – 9
  • Mississippi State – 8.5
  • South Carolina – 6
  • Vanderbilt – 5
  • Tennessee – 6.5
  • Ole Miss – 5
  • Arkansas – 6
  • Missouri – 6.5

Taking a look at other local schools, Louisville’s over/under was set at 4, while Indiana came in at 6 and Western Kentucky at 5.

#FreeMoney

(FanDuel)


Kash Daniel Reminds us that it’s always a good time to throw the L’s Down

Kash Daniel Reminds us that it’s always a good time to troll Louisville.

At the Kentucky Football Pro Hall of Fame, Kash, alongside Landon Young, Davonte Robinson, and Drake Jackson was recognized to the all Commonwealth team, which includes a few outstanding players who are from Kentucky in each in-state school. From the Univerity of Kentucky to Upike, every team was recognized.

So, while ex-convict Ryan Lemond  announced the recipients of the award from the Louisville Cardinals, in this hilarious video Kash seemed unamused and reminded us, that it’s always an appropriate time to remind everyone “L’s Down.”

56-10, gotta love it.


Go Cats, L’s Down. @BrentW_KSR


PPF ranks Kentucky No. 19 in preseason poll

PPF ranks Kentucky No. 19 in preseason poll

The Kentucky football team has found plenty of bulletin board material going into the 2019 season, and Pro Football Focus wanted to make sure they didn’t add to the list.

In their official preseason poll, PFF ranked Kentucky No. 19 overall and ninth in the SEC.

SEC foes ahead of the Cats? Alabama (2), LSU (3), Georgia (4), Florida (8), Auburn (13), Texas A&M (14), Mississippi State (15), and Missouri (17).

Take a look at the entire list:

In not-so-optimistic news, Athlon Sports has Kentucky at No. 48 in their preseason rankings:

Meanwhile, ESPN, USA Today, and CBS Sports failed to include the Wildcats in their preseason top-25 rankings.

While Kentucky lost a lot of talent on both sides of the football from their historic 10-3 season, the Cats still have elite playmakers at their disposal, depth, and a solid mix of young talent and seasoned veterans.

While coaches always tend to be optimistic going into every season, guys like Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow, Brad White, Lynn Bowden, and Kash Daniel all touched on their program not getting enough National during their appearance on KSR on Tuesday.

I guess they’ll have to prove to Pro Football Focus why they are right and everyone else why they are wrong again this season.

I like my team.


PODCAST: Kentucky Football coaches take over KSR

Miss today’s show? Stop what you’re doing and download the podcast because the Kentucky Football coaching staff killed it.

Associate head coach/tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow hosted hour one with special guests Lynn Bowden and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran, while new defensive coordinator Brad White hosted hour two with appearances from Josh Allen, Kash Daniel, and head coach Mark Stoops. We’ve shared plenty of highlights from the show so far, but be sure to listen to it all on podcast:

Get ready for more football tomorrow as Charles Walker and Austin MacGinnis join Ryan, Drew, and Shannon in studio. Matthew Mitchell gets his turn on the mic on Thursday, while ESPN’s Laura Rutledge wraps up the guest host schedule on Friday. Matt will be back before you know it.