10 Things you might not know about this year’s UK team (courtesy of Phil Steele):
1) Against Ranked Opponents: Despite pulling off several surprising wins over the past couple seasons, Kentucky has not defeated a ranked opponent since beating #1 LSU in 2007. Since that time, Kentucky has lost 9 straight games against ranked opponents by an average score of 39-23. Kentucky has 3 ranked opponents on the schedule this season.
2) Home-grown talent: While 6 of the 11 projected starters on the offensive side of the ball (including all 5 offensive linemen) come from the state of Kentucky, only 1 projected defensive starter (Winston Guy) is a Kentucky-bred player.
3) Returning Offense:Kentucky returns 82.7% of it’s carries, 84.1% of it’s rushing yards, 84.0% of it’s rushing TD’s, 88.8% of it’s completions and 92.3% of it’s passing TDs.
4) Kentucky Away from Home: Last season, Kentucky averaged 50 more yards offensively, and 60 more yards rushing at away games compared to home games. The defense also gave up 90 less yards per game on the road. Hence why Kentucky went 3-1 on the road last season and 3-4 at home.
5) The Underdog Too Often: In the last 10 seasons, Kentucky has been the underdog in the point spread in 73 games, and the favorite in 35 games.
6) Non-Conference Domination: Kentucky has won 15 consecutive regular season non-conference games (13 at home, 1 on the road, and 1 neutral) by an average score of 39-16. Out of those 15 wins, 4 have come against 1-AA opponents, 8 against non-BCS opponents, and 3 BCS opponents (all Louisville).
7) Home Attendance: Kentucky ranked 22nd nationally in attendance last year while having the 32nd largest stadium. Kentucky jumped Arkansas, Missouri, Miami (FL), California, Washington, UCLA, Arizona St, Tulane, UAB, and Temple in attendance despite having smaller stadium capacities.
8 ) Scared to Throw the Ball?: In the 4 non-conference games last season, UK threw the ball an average of 29 times a game. In conference games, UK threw the ball an average of 22 times. Excluding the Alabama and Florida games, in which UK threw the ball 32 and 31 times respectively, the average in the other 6 conference games was 20 passes a game.
9) New Head Coaches: Kentucky will face new head coaches in each of it’s first 3 games and each of it’s last 3 games. So help me god if we can’t beat Derek Dooley. IT’S DEREK FREAKIN’ DOOLEY!!!
10) Weather: According to Phil Steele, you can find weather info at 859-281-8131. Or you could just step outside and stop being such a lazy fat arse.