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.