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Remember when the College Football Playoff bracket was on UK’s wall?


Let me take you back in time to July 2017. Kentucky was coming off a 7-6 season and preparing for year five of the Mark Stoops Era. The new $45 million practice facility had been open for a year and a sign on the weight room wall kept catching people’s eyes: a replica of the College Football Playoff Bracket with Kentucky’s name in one of the four slots under the heading “What have you done to get better today?”

At the time, most mocked the sign, but 16 months later, here the Cats are, number nine in the College Football Playoff rankings. It’s not the top four, but could any of us have imagined that?

A win over Georgia (No. 6 in the rankings) would move Kentucky up that list even further up that list, possibly into the top six. That seems crazy…but not as crazy as that sign did 16 months ago.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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13 responses to “Remember when the College Football Playoff bracket was on UK’s wall?”

  1. Wade

    In my best Dracula voice hahahhahahahhahahahahabahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahhaaba

  2. EastKYCAT

    No one. No one that follows the CATS predicted this type of season. I will say I thought we would go 8-4. It looks like we can go further than 8-4. This season is special and to be able to watch it unfold is fun. I believe we are going to give everything the Dawgs want this Saturday. They struggle with run game and Fromm struggles in the pocket when pressure is placed on him. CATS by 3, 27-24.

    1. CombatMedic_98

      I called 10-2 back in August…I hope I am wrong and we go 12-1 after the final game! If so, recruiting door just exploded open!!!

  3. Alleykat16

    I believe short of beating ‘bama in the SEC Championship game we will not be in the playoff. ESPN has more or less treated us a overly lucky team. But I was surprised that the committee takes us a little more serious. Ranking is at #9 was great showed me they take as a very good football team. GO BIG BLUE!

    1. foamfinger

      There have been some good articles I’ve read that show this year’s committee is really valuing how good a defense is, which is why LSU with one loss gets the nod over Notre Dame or even UK coming ahead of OSU. Washington State probably has a solid defense, but they are above us because their offense is so good and it is paired with what is, at worst, a serviceable defense.

  4. KYCat4EVER

    This 2017 Weight Room picture solidifies what our football program has used so effectively… being the underdogs… being mocked by others… being disrespected by pundits… being left to fight the world with our own initiative … SO PROUD OF UK FOOTBALL

  5. davis2319

    Obviously we need to win out the rest of the regular season, but it would be nice to see Alabama lay an egg and get beat this weekend in Baton Rouge. I’m not saying we could beat Bama or LSU, but our most realistic shot would be to play LSU in Atlanta. But first things first we need to beat the dawgs Saturday!

  6. Teamhhc1

    I’m gonna dream and dream big!!! CATS 48 and dawgs 7. We make a statement win!!!!

    1. SanDiegoDave

      That’s not a dream. That’s a fantasy. I’ll settle for a UK one point win.

  7. N-UR-i

    UK 17 UG 16

  8. ScottGreene22

    31-17 CATS. We will be up 24-17 late in the game and the Defense seals the W with a strip fumble TD. Book it!!!!

  9. W1ldCats4Life

    Up know, everyone said UK had no shot to do anything when MSU came to town. And we witnessed the Cats throttle MSU in all phases. 3 TD whipping. At least for this season, I’ll not say this team cannot do something. Even on an ugly day, they pull out a win. Good teams find ways to win.

  10. notFromhere

    I’d rather play Bama in the SEC championship with them being an undefeated team. Better for our Wildcats.

    Sure hope they do what they are capable of, and beat Georgia Saturday.