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5 of Pre-Season Coaches Poll’s Top 10 on Kentucky’s Schedule

In case the reality of Kentucky’s brutal 2013 football schedule hadn’t completely sunk in with you yet, the 2013 USA Today Coaches Poll was released today. Kentucky will face 5 of the top 10 teams in America as voted by the coaches. In addition, 6 of the teams in the Top 15 hail from the SEC.


SEC Teams in the 2013 Pre-Season USA Today Coaches Poll

1. Alabama (@ Home, 10/12/13)

5. Georgia (@ Georgia, 11/23/13)

6. Texas A&M

7. South Carolina (@ South Carolina, 10/5/13)

10. Florida (@ Home, 9/28/13)

13. LSU


**Louisville, another Kentucky opponent, is the 5th team Kentucky will face in the top 10. Louisville checked in at #9 in the poll.

** A few other SEC schools received votes, but did not crack the poll:

Ole Miss (32 votes)

Vanderbilt (29 votes)

Mississippi State (3 votes)

Arkansas (1 vote)

Tennessee (1 vote)

Article written by Ally Tucker

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16 Comments for 5 of Pre-Season Coaches Poll’s Top 10 on Kentucky’s Schedule

  1. KSR Spy
    1:21 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink


  2. Crazy!
    1:24 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    And 4 of them are in a row! Unreal!

  3. asdf
    1:31 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    Is this the toughest schedule the Cats have ever had? Very possibly.

  4. TDog
    1:35 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    How in the world did UT receive votes? They are just as bad as we have been lately.

  5. asdfdsa
    1:43 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    To be fair TDog, they only received one vote. And 5-7 is kind of a lot better than 2-10…

  6. TDog
    1:51 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    25. Really? They went 5-7? I thought they had a lot worse of a record.

  7. Computer Blue
    1:52 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    On the bright side,at least we don’t play TAMU or LSU?

  8. Louisville Fan
    2:11 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    Looking forward to a good game this year. I hope we don’t over look you guys, you have a lot of young talent.

  9. GeePee
    2:30 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone check out the Card’s schedule? I wish we could flip UK and UL’s schedule as it will be much more fun to watch that than UK’s 3-9/4-8 season and UL’s 12-0.

  10. J in Orlando
    2:59 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    9 UL goes 6-6 at best (beating WKU, 2 other non-conf games, and beating 1-3 of Mizzou, UT, and MSU)with UKs schedule, assuming they have to replace the UK game with a top 10 team (since UK plays a “top 10 team” that day). As for UK with ULs sched, hard to say until we see how well the new staff has things going in year one.

  11. Mr.What-if
    4:31 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    @9,10 how can you possibly critique Louisville’s schedule and compare it. We are not better than them anyway. Besides they have beaten a top tier SEC opponent on a neutral field, destroyed them as a matter of fact. we haven’t in what 26 years or more. Wake up!

  12. jengland
    4:45 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    Good God! It is gonna be rough to watch UK football this year. Winning the TO battle may be the only chance we have at competing.

  13. JohnnyRed
    5:09 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    Full disclosure – U of L fan here – in case it wasn’t obvious. It will be interesting to see what Coach Stoops can do. UK’s schedule is brutal, but IMHO, football is the one collegiate sport where the head coach can have an immediate impact (either positive or negative). For example, look how fast Joker took what was a pretty solid UK team and made them mediocre – and look at Kragthorp at UofL for an even more extreme example (took a BCS Bowl winning team that returned 18 starters and could not get bowl eligible the next year). On the flip side, if Stoops can restore the players’ confidence, instill a “winners attitude” and get the players to believe in themselves, then the Cats’ performance will exceed expectations. The 2013 UK Football team is a real mystery right now, because no one really knows what will happen.

  14. kelleydog
    5:46 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    Confirmation again, losers mentality. I would rather lose playing a tough schedule than win playing an easy schedule. You can’t make this stuff up.

    I’m sure UL would lose several games playing KY’s schedule, hope that makes you feel better when you end up 3-8 or 4-7 and UL is playing in a bowl game, possibly a BCS bowl game. I don’t get it but that’s not important.

  15. Chaz
    6:10 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    Apologies for re-wording and gratitude for your writings, Mr. Thomas Paine:

    These are the times that try UK fan’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their school; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

  16. dshwildcats
    10:40 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink


    In over 40+ years of following Kentucky and Louisville Football, I have never wanted Kentucky to swap schedules with the Cards. As bad as this year’s Louisville schedule is, it used to be much worse back in the 70s and early 80s.

    Relax a little! Even the sports talk shows do the hypothetical “schedule swap” thing for fun! I want Kentucky to be successful against “Kentucky’s schedule”. There’s plenty of concern there without having to worry about who Louisville is playing.

    I do get a kick from Card fans who have told me that UK could’ve never gone to a BCS Bowl coming out of the Big East, though! UConn has made a BCS Bowl coming out of the Big East. And like Louisville, Cincinnati had made two.

    Two years ago (the 2011 season), Louisville was a late season Cincinnati loss away from going to a BCS Bowl with a 7-5 record; and, losses to FIU and Marshall on its resume.

    Anyone who says that SOS doesn’t have an impact on a team’s success or failure, is just kidding themselves, brother!