Just a few short months ago, Mark Stoops left his job as Florida State’s Defensive Coordinator and took his first head coaching gig at Kentucky. Not only is he bringing an elite defensive mindset with him, but he also brought along a terrific offense with the addition of Neal Brown at Offensive Coordinator. From the schemes to the fantastic recruiting, Stoops has given Kentucky fans hope and optimism for the first time in what feels like ages. While the hope and optimism are at all time highs on University Drive, this doesn’t change the fact that an immense amount of work remains to be done to build Kentucky into a competitor in the SEC. Saturday Down South certainly agreed that a great amount of work remained to be done when they looked into the future and predicted win totals.
It’s no secret that Kentucky will be forced to take on one of nation’s most daunting schedules with a thin roster, because of this, Brad Crawford of Saturday Down South sees three wins in the Wildcat’s near future. After starting 2-0 with wins over Western Kentucky and Miami (OH), Crawford predicts the Cats lose nine of their last ten, with the remaining win coming against Alabama State.
PROJECTED FINISH: 3-9, 0-8 (7th in East)
THE SKINNY: Rome wasn’t built in a day and first-year head coach Mark Stoops sure as heck can’t expect to push Kentucky out of the SEC cellar in Year 1. With recruiting chips in place for next season and beyond, the future is bright blue in Lexington, but that’s not helping matters this fall with one of the SEC’s toughest schedules.
If you wish to see the entire game-by-game predictions, they can be found by following this link.