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Kentucky Football Ranked 75th Nationally by Athlon Sports

(I-75 North, nowhere to go but up right? Get it? Get it?!? No? OK then moving on.)


Athlon Sports is most known for their in depth evaluations of various sports and has come out with their preseason 1-124 college football rankings.  In what seems to be the consensus pick for #1 by all of the preseason rankings, the Lane Kiffin and Matt Barkley led USC Trojans are predicted to be the nations best squad.  LSU, Alabama, Oregon, and Oklahoma are the teams rounding out the top five. The #1 USC ranking seems strange as in recent years (excluding 2010 Auburn) the top defenses have typically been the strongest teams.  Take last year’s LSU and Alabama teams for instance; they were significantly better than the nation’s other elite teams because of the complete inability to produce points against them.  While these two teams were number 1 and 2 in defense, USC finished 33rd in my Adjusted Points Allowed last season and have big questions to answer about depth on that side of the ball this year.  LSU looks to harbor one of the country’s elite defenses and should bolster an improved offense this season, making the Bayou Bengals the nation’s strongest team.


A team not predicted to be in contention for the National Title, according to Athlon Sports, are Joker Phillips’ Kentucky Wildcats.  Athlon has predicted that Kentucky will be merely the 75th best team in the nation, immediately behind the Owls of Temple and the Golden Hurricane of Tulsa.  Due to the ranking the Wildcats are predicted to be the worst team in the Southeastern Conference, behind 71st ranked Ole Miss. The article briefly previewing Kentucky’s team can be found here, and below is Athlon’s final analysis of this season’s squad.


Final Analysis:

Kentucky saw its streak of five consecutive bowl games snapped last season with a 5—7 record. Even if the Cats are better this fall, a tougher schedule that includes road games at Louisville, Florida, Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee means that any improvement might not show up in the record. Season-ticket sales and attendance dipped last season, and only 4,500 fans showed up for the Spring Game.

Phillips’ message: “Just wait and see. Don’t give up on this football team. We’ll battle. We’ll fight. We’ll scratch. We’ll claw. Just don’t give up on this football team.”


If anything, the always difficult SEC schedule will have the highest probability of being the downfall of Joker’s third team.  The biggest question going into the season is undoubtedly how the players and coaches will react to such a talent discrepancy in comparison to the conference’s elite and mid-level teams.  Rick Minter has proven in his short stint as Defensive Coordinator that his scheme is effective in slowing SEC offenses, but the offense must become more creative and prevent injuries in order for there to be any sliver of success this season.  With a healthy offense there will be improvement from last season’s abysmal scoring effort, but will it be enough to even become a top-50 offense in Adjusted Points Scored nationally? Doubtful.  The defense suffers so many losses from last year’s squad and will surely take a statistical hit, so it’s doubtful they can remain in the top-55 in Adjusted Points Allowed like last season.  Because of this, it’s perfectly reasonable to expect Kentucky to be around the 75th best team in the nation. This brings up the 1.7 Million dollar question; will being the 75th best team in the country produce a record good enough to see Joker Phillips receive a fourth season as Wildcat skipper?

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

25 Comments for Kentucky Football Ranked 75th Nationally by Athlon Sports

  1. lexcat
    9:35 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    Why are so many fellow cat fans butt hurt over the makers mark/uofl deal? I listened to the PC on thdme radio. The CEO said his grandparents founded the company and both graduated from uofl. Said they were card fans. The yum center also sells the product. What am I missing?

  2. Catfan
    9:45 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    Suck on that o miss. Were # 75.

  3. Catfan
    9:47 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    Nevermind saw you are 71. Damn

  4. haha
    9:54 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink


  5. Ole Miss Rebels #71
    9:55 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    #2 & 3 – Eat it Joker and UK

  6. Loyal UK Fan
    9:58 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    I think we will surprise a lot of people. All teams will come in thinking they can beat us. I bet we beat at least 2 of them. So, that’s like 100+ people will be “surprised” by us.

  7. TShlew
    10:06 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    I’m getting kinda sick of the UK football hate storm. I really hope they find a way to shut the haters up permanently. I’m gonna support them no matter what. Let’s go cats

  8. Loyal UK Fan
    10:13 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    7 – Listen up son. You support the blue and WHITE silently but don’t give those thugs one cent of your money to justify that joke of a coach. Then at years end we can ditch the joke and hire some real brains like Leach or Petrino. Can Minnesota take another one off our hands?

  9. reality check
    10:16 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    7) Joker is a terrible coach. We hired our DC away from Indiana State. We have no defense and lost the only players on defense who can tackle. Sorry to burst your bubble sunshine pumper.

  10. Maxwell
    10:50 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    Bowl or bust. That’s how I feel. 6-6 must be the requirement.

  11. 8 + 9 = trolls
    10:56 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    8 + 9 = trolls. Joker is a great guy. Go Cats! Prove em wrong

  12. Superstar Bill Dundee
    11:00 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    11+ [email protected] equals queerbate.

  13. macon_volfan
    11:39 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    Oh yeah! Represent!

  14. BobbysueflayTim
    11:44 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    All they need to do is beat vandy and the cards. That’s five wins. An upset would make them a bowl team. It just sucks they are so bad and are givin three sure wins and can’t a bowl.

  15. Common Sense
    12:07 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t really care what Athlon thinks. This is all based on the previous year. They kind of sound like the negative fans on this site. Let’s talk about how bad we are going to be this year based on last years record. That’s totally justifiable, right?

  16. Beavis
    6:56 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Problem is,,,,,we won’t be as good as last years team. 2 and 10

  17. UKIT
    7:19 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    So, UK football has gotten SO bad that our fans HOPE we can surprise some teams because they wont be expecting much from us. Read that again!!! Do you think Alabama, LSU, Texas, and Oregon fans strive to surprise teams – or want to just beat people straight up?

    Mitch and Joker, you two are responsible for this. Not only have you turned our program into a joke – you have turned our fans into a pathetic group that just hope to surprise teams and are proud of moral victories.

    Board of Directors, PLEASE do your jobs!

  18. diggersays
    7:38 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    listen to me…listen to me… no really listen to me.. oh NEVER MIND, its just JOKER football.

  19. hope and change
    7:39 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    I’m guessing a large % of those that are fighting for Joker are the same ones that want to re-elect the president. Neither one has done anything to warrant more time but people are arguing for just that. The economy is going to hell, right in front of our eyes (stock market bleeding) yet the president thinks he’s doing a fine job. Joker has taken our team to the deapths and ticket sales are falling off at an unprecedented clip – yet he thinks he doing a fine job. If we want our country to continue down this road, re-elect the president – just like if you want the football program to continue down this road, give Joker a 4 year contract extention.

    In related news, Joker just introduced UK’s new slogan for the season: HOPE and CHANGE 2012.

  20. paducahfan
    9:56 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    There’s nothing more fun that a Fall afternoon at Commonwealth when the Cats play an SEC game. Unless it’s a Fall night. Win or lose, I’ll be there.

  21. Beavis
    10:47 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    If you wast to see some really spectacular “tail Gating” ,,,,visit Tuscaloosa on game day. Will give you a new perspective on how it should be done. # 19,,,,you are correct,,,,,all we can hope for is Hope and change. Can’t wait for November 6th.

  22. ebell55
    10:49 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Hey 19 and I bet guys like you think President Bush did one hell of a job! Joker and the Cats have beaten Steve Spuier, end the streak against the Vols, taken the 2010 National Champs to the wire, and showed that they put character 1st by suspending his starting QB for a Bowl Game (Something I wouldn’t have done) As for the POTUS Mr. Obama has gotten the majority of Troops out of Iraq and lead the Killing of Bin Laden you know the guy who actually attacked the US! Also the world economy is on the down slide and our education advantages have been dwindling with this Bush No Child left behind crap. UK fans like you and folks who talk ish about our current or any past Presidents while doing nothing to change peoples lives are quitters when the going gets tough!

  23. Beavis
    11:52 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Polls show that blaming our current problems on Bush is just not working anymore. ( only 18% of the people blame Bush for our current troubles ) That community organizer criticized Bush because he had run up a 300 billion dollar debt. Called Bush unpatriotic for such lavish spending. By the time Obama leaves office this fall we will be at the 16 trillion dollar mark. Bush managed to put us four trillion in debt in 8 years. This guy has put us another 5 trillion in debt in less than four years. How do you purpose we pay that off ??? Spend more money ???

  24. diggersays
    12:01 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    22? are you serious.. lets change peoples live… how about getting all of those people JOBS. that would change their lives instead of them wanting live off the rest of us ole’ working people. Obamy’s doing a fine job, yes sir.

  25. Football Man
    12:59 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Over the last 4 years I have spent alot of money on season tickets,K fund donations,bowl games ect….. I have a vested interest, and I’m sick and tired of being the laughing stock of the SEC in Football! The difference between us and the Roll Tide’s of the world is there is no way they would put up with it! Well, We’re not gonna take it anymore! Money talks