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Kentucky Football: Hardest Schedule in the Nation

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Spring has officially sprung in the Commonwealth. Temperatures are beginning to rise, flowers are in bloom, and wouldn’t you know it, spring football is already taking place. The latter of the three subjects has been an issue for Kentucky over the past number of years, however, first year head coach, Mark Stoops, is looking to reverse the losing trend. It’s never easy repairing a program that was in drastic need of change, but Stoops and company look to be the right men for the job. While it’s always difficult to build, Kentucky may have a more difficult path than most due to strength of schedule. Football prognosticator, Phil Steele, seemingly agrees with this sentiment as he released early strength of schedule rankings for 2013.

In the article which accompanied the ratings, Steele said this method for rating schedules was the NCAA’s and not his, however, he used their method anyway.  (I’m not sure why either.)  The ratings were compiled in a simple way, adding all 2013 opponent records from the 2012 season and calculating the best winning percentage. Kentucky topped the list with 2013 foes going 103-50 (67.3%) in 2012. Arkansas, Purdue, Missouri, and Kansas round out the top five.

If you’re interested in seeing the entire list, it can be found here.

 

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

32 Comments for Kentucky Football: Hardest Schedule in the Nation



  1. FootballCat
    4:06 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Anything less than a 10 win season is a failure for Stoops.



  2. bob
    4:09 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Of course Louisville is ranked 90th, they don’t play anyone. I hate Louisville who complain about their football schedule. Smh



  3. Steve Fitts
    4:21 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    And that’s exactly why Kentucky, though much improved over last season, will probably still end up with a losing record next season. If Stoops can go 6 and 6 with this schedule, it will be an unqualified success.



  4. CatFan in Louisville
    4:26 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    We’ve got the toughest schedule because most other SEC teams have to play us, lowering their strength of schedule.



  5. Great Expectation
    4:28 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    If Stoops is not winning the SEC within 3 year, then the program needs to go in a different direction.



  6. #5 is a retard
    4:30 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Moron.



  7. DLN
    4:38 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    #1 and #5…stupid. Stupid stupid stupid with no commas stupid.

    You’re talking about a team that won two games last year, has dire shortages in veteran leadership, big bodies, talent at the skill positions, and depth, AND brought in an entirely new staff with new offensive and defensive schemes, and had less than two months to recruit new talent, many of whom won’t even be with the team until summer.

    You expect 10 wins the first year? You need to get your head out of your lower half.

    We will be VERY competitive in three years. I’m not guaranteeing we’ll win the SEC in three years, and neither is Stoops. They’re going to go about their business and build this team the right way. Good things take time, so be patient. I still think we’ll surprise a few people this year.

    Go Cats.



  8. So
    4:41 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    2-10 first year, 3-9 second year, 6-6 third year? Is this what is expected?



  9. Mike
    4:42 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Florida just got blown out by Michigan. All of the teams playing in post season really exposed how bad we really were this past year. Still hard to believe that all of the national progs. could have been that wrong. We did not deserve more than 1 week in Top 25, and there are at least that many teams that had better talent and coaching than we did.



  10. IU
    4:44 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Is Coach Stoops a Coach Crean? Not going to win until his fourth season?



  11. DLN
    4:46 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    4 wins would be improvement. 5 or 6 wins would be positive momentum. 7 or more wins would be huge.

    In years past, Kentucky was usually good for an upset or two. I’m hoping for a few this year.



  12. Brink
    4:47 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    #8 who is we? Your a loserville troll.



  13. Mike
    4:48 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Louisville will show everyone how a team with a real coach plays. Cal is the poison of this team. He needs to go if we’ll ever be respected again.



  14. Charles Barkley
    4:49 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Have you noticed how everyone on the “CBS Commentators” panel just wants to punch Doug Gottlieb
    in the face??



  15. So
    4:50 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    # 12 , Brink. I did not say we. Reading is fundamental. Stupidville.



  16. Mike
    4:50 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    I also give $2 handjobs during my breaks at Burger King. Come get one, and enjoy one of our new vanilla milkshakes while I enjoy your milky concoction.



  17. rixter
    4:51 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    # 8, if da ville (as the faithful so ignorantly refer to them) had our schedule this year, 6 – 6 would be a serious possibility.



  18. rixter
    4:52 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Florida needs to start printing up Elite 8 t-shirts, seems like they get there each year.



  19. BPsycho
    4:54 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    B- L- U- E-

    Devils! Devils! Devils!



  20. L1C4
    4:57 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    NCAA Basketball Champs April 2014
    NCAA Football Champs January 2014

    UK NCAA Basketball Champs April 2012 (only because Kansas ran out of time)
    UK NCAA Football Champ — NEVER!! LOL



  21. schuette for president
    4:57 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    “Football prognosticator, Phil Steele, seemingly agrees with this sentiment as he released early strength of schedule rankings for 2013.”

    I’m sure you are a fine young man, Mr. Schuette, but as you continue to grow in your KSR writing career, you may want to self reflect on the voice of your articles. I believe that you are linking readers to Phil Steele’s list of schedule ratings for the upcoming season. To contend that Mr. Steele “seemingly agrees with [your] sentiment” that “Kentucky may have a more difficult path than most due to strength of schedule” is, honestly, a misrepresentation of your own thoughts, and ultimately, plagiarism. The “sentiment” to which you refer is not something with which Steele “seemingly agrees,” but rather a conclusion based on data that he offers, a conclusion to which you link your readership.

    Mr. Jones, it may be time to re-staff the writing brigade that is KSR. The site continues to lower standards and lose reporting credibility.



  22. Here it is
    4:58 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    #14 – Did you also notice Gottlieb was the cream in the oreo?



  23. dave
    5:00 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    half thought there’d be a live blog for the uofl-duke game. not sure why…..



  24. BPsycho
    5:02 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    #20 NCAA Basketball Champs 8 time.. Da Ville uh 2 time, long time go…

    You no talk no mo



  25. UKDMD
    5:04 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    14, that’s because Gottlied has no idea what he’s talking about and hates everything that’s not ACC. He’s a huge dook homer and I can’t wait until the half when Barkley makes him look like a fool again.

    Go cards, so you can be embarrassed and lose to Wichita state.



  26. Mike
    5:07 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    9,13 Mike….hey pervert, are you a little disppointed you are getting ANY commentary on your sick posts? You need to go to the back of your trailer in ur trailer park and take matters in your lonely hand.



  27. Rixter
    5:16 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    We need to find a place, out of state, for all of BBN to meet up at next Saturday – Monday. ANy suggestions?



  28. L1C4
    5:26 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    #27, Rixter, Atlanta 😉



  29. Brink
    5:29 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    15(So) It was meant for 9. But being a d- bag is apparently one of your fundamentals.



  30. mudcreekmark
    6:27 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Joker took over a program that was starting to win games that in years past had no chance of winning and being competitive in almost every game. Joker leaves the team in shambles and couldn’t beat Georgetown College when he left. How long will it take Stoops? I don’t know. Maybe 3 or 4 years. If Stoops can get us back to where we were when Brooks left in 3 or 4 years, I’d be happy. Then we can build on that.



  31. TT's Fake Boobs
    7:23 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t take Mike up on his $2 specials…they aren’t very good



  32. monstahnmg
    10:30 am April 1, 2013 Permalink

    6 or 7 wins is a realistic goal for this team, but we have to stay healthy. Hell, even 5 wins is an improvement over Joker.