Kentucky Football winning nine games this season is fully within the realm of possibility–and one media outlet is already speaking it into existence.
Over at 247 Sports, Brad Crawford recently predicted the final record for all 14 Southeastern Conference programs regarding the upcoming 2021 college football season. Who did he have finishing near the top of the SEC East with a 9-3 record? The Kentucky Wildcats, of course.
Final record prediction: 9-3, 5-3
The skinny: Admittedly, this is high-end for the Wildcats, but the schedule sets up for an impressive run this fall as long as Kentucky sees improved play at quarterback and continues to feed Chris Rodriguez. The defense could be elite.
Crawford has the ‘Cats winning all four of its non-conference games against Louisiana-Monroe, Tennessee-Chattanooga, New Mexico State, and Louisville, while posting a 5-3 record within the conference. Looking at the rest of the SEC, Crawford has Kentucky finishing tied for second with the Florida Gators. Here’s his entire projection of the SEC East.
Georgia: 12-1 (8-0)
Florida: 9-3 (5-3)
Kentucky: 9-3 (5-3)
Missouri: 6-6 (3-5)
Tennessee: 6-6 (2-6)
South Carolina: 5-7 (2-6)
Vanderbilt: 2-10 (0-8)
And his predcitions for the SEC West.
Alabama: 13-0 (8-0)
Texas A&M: 10-2 (6-2)
LSU: 9-3 (5-3)
Ole Miss: 8-4 (5-3)
Auburn: 6-6 (3-5)
Mississippi State: 5-7 (2-6)
Arkansas: 4-8 (2-6)
Anywhere from seven to nine wins appears to be the consensus among most Kentucky fans and now that sentiment is beginning to hit the national writers, as well. Depending on how much better the ‘Cats can perform at the quarterback position compared to years past, the potential for 2021 to be a special season continues to grow.
What are your thoughts? Is 9-3 a good call, or a bit too lofty still?