ESPN just released their final Football Power Index rankings for the season, and Kentucky didn’t make the list.
That’s right, after finishing 10-3 including Citrus Bowl win over Penn State, the computer-generated ranking system didn’t have Kentucky as a Top-25 program. The FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. To make matters worse, Kentucky beat four teams that made it onto the list: Missouri, Florida, Penn State and Mississippi State.
Let’s think about that.
No. 14 Missouri finished the season 8-5, including a 15-14 loss to the Cats.
No. 11 Florida also finished 10-3, but let’s not forget that 27-16 loss to Kentucky inside the Swamp.
No. 10 Penn State lost to Kentucky less than a week ago, finishing their season 9-4.
No. 9 Mississippi State fell to the Cats 28-7, finished with an 8-5 record and earned a top-10 spot.
See the complete Top-25 list here on 247 Sports
This Kentucky team is used to being disrespected. My guess? This will only continue motivating Kentucky into the spring season. While the FPI rankings don’t actually “mean” much, it still stings to be completely left off the list following such a spectacular season in the Bluegrass.
In the wise words of Vince Marrow:
I just heard what these so called experts said on college football live that we won’t have good players to compete for next couple years. Lol I guess we will go 4and 8 like this year. Go Big Blue.
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) January 3, 2019