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USA Today thinks Kentucky is the 101st best team in the nation


Over the summer, USA Today is counting down the best teams in college football from #125 to #1. Need a reality check to bring you down from the Stoops high? Paul Myerberg ranks the Cats the 101st best team going into the season with an in-depth profile examining the coaching staff, players to watch, positions of need, important games, and much more. Myerberg says that Stoops and staff have reinvigorated the fan base and are bringing in top talent, but it’s not enough to make an immediate turnaround:

I will say that anything is possible, even in the ridiculously deep SEC; I will also say that I think it’s more likely Kentucky loses 10 games than it wins six, in my opinion. There’s just too much work to be done, too many holes and too many question marks, for this season to end anywhere other than 4-8 — two wins better than last season, remember. Five would be a pleasant surprise; six wins would be shocking. While it’s tough to make such a claim in June, this schedule looks like the most difficult in college football.

However, it’s not all bad news. While next season may be tough, Myerberg says that help is on the way:

Kentucky has walked back from the ledge that was the 2012 season, embracing a brand-new outlook while envisioning all that could be achieved under a staff willing to scratch and claw their way into the mix in the SEC. Is that exciting or what?

It’s pretty darn exciting. Be sure to go check out the article in full. It’s worth it, and they give KSR a nice little shoutout.

[USA Today: College football countdown | No. 101: Kentucky]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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16 Comments for USA Today thinks Kentucky is the 101st best team in the nation

  1. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    12:18 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Joker effing Phillips. Dude took everything that he and Rich Brooks worked for near a decade to build and wrecked it in less than 2 seasons. The caliber of players that Joker and his staff recruited are a shame. The cupboards were left completely bare for Stoops and his staff.

  2. hmm
    12:24 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Love Uk football and I think we’re moving in the right direction with STOOOOOOOOPS.


    We WILL SUCK next year!!!!

    Thanks again Joker.


  3. Mike In The Wood
    12:25 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    no where to go but up

  4. Miami (OH)
    12:33 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe in light of our #103 ranking versus your #101, you shouldn’t consider us such a gimmie.

  5. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    12:34 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    4 – Child please. Know your role and shut your mouf.

  6. explorer
    12:36 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    This poll seems to be influenced more by total wins and losses. We are better or as good as many of the teams in the second tier conferences. But teams like Uconn will get put higher because they will get more wins. This poll has nothing to do with actually how good a team is relative to all the other schools.

  7. ukfaninohio
    12:37 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    People are underestimating this team a bit we will be 5 and six going into the tennessee where we lose in ot mark this down.

  8. Georgia Blue
    1:02 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Preseason Ranking doesn’t mean anything. Look at USC last year rank No.1

  9. Yoda
    1:16 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    4-8 is very likely. Would be shocked to see this team win 5 games.

  10. Dave
    1:19 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks Joker, you F**K. I hope you realize how much you suck at UF after their fans let you know it.

  11. KG
    2:25 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    they wood be 101st best, only if there were 100 teams rated!!!

  12. Sh)teater
    2:26 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    What ever happened to Mary Ho perrino

  13. Block Party
    3:57 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Bigger question to me is where is WKU in their list? Haven’t shown up in #’s 125 to 100.

  14. millwooded
    5:44 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    i see a 6 to 7 win season…but i am drinking too. don’t hold me to it

  15. andy
    8:54 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    The players are def better than 2-10. It was lousy coaching and a system that no one could understand esp on defense. I don’t see why we can’t be more competitive in a few more games. The questions on offense lie around the O line as to whether they can protect the qb. The cupboard is not empty but there are def some holes to fill. The last staff could not adapt to the teams strengths and were stuck in their ways. This staff knows what they are doing

  16. Sgt Jimmy
    9:08 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Joker and staff got very little or no support from the alumni, school administration or big donners the whole time he was here.