As we move within three weeks from kickoff at Kroger Field and across the country, the preseason rankings are beginning to flood in. Over at USA TODAY Sports, they’re going beyond the typical Top 25; chopping up the rankings by conference. So naturally, they saved the best for last.
The Southeastern Conference is expected to have as many as 11 teams competing for bowl eligibility this upcoming season. The NCAA’s Top 25 overall preseason rankings include seven schools from the SEC – four of them in the Top 10. Ranking a conference that is *this* deep is a massive (and most likely controversial) task.
Kentucky Football came in at No. 10, smacked between Tennessee (9) and South Carolina (11). With a predicting record of 7-5, Paul Meyerberg says to bet against the Wildcats at your own risk, however, the losses of Benny Snell and Josh Allen can’t be ignored.
“Pick against Mark Stoops’ program at your own peril, but losing all-time program stars like running back Benny Snell and linebacker Josh Allen makes it hard to picture a repeat of last year’s historic season that saw the Wildcats win 10 games for the first time since 1977.”
This seems to be a common trend amongst the media this summer. 6-7 wins appears to be the consensus for this team, although 8-9 wins are fully within the realm of possibility.
Alabama was the obvious choice for the No. 1 spot with Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, and Florida rounding out the Top 5. Can you take a guess as to which team was picked last? Since they’re always listed last alphabetically, they’re probably used to being 14th.
Next to each ranking, in parenthesis, the article also posted that team’s overall ranking across all Divison I teams and Kentucky was listed at No. 53.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) August 13, 2019