A new report by the folks with CBS Sports has ranked each SEC team’s upcoming schedule, and they’re predicting a relatively-easy season for the Wildcats, especially compared with the schedules waiting for the other teams in the conference.
Here’s what CBS’s Tom Fornelli had to say about his seeding for the Wildcats.
“Kentucky’s nonconference schedule includes Toledo, Eastern Michigan, UT-Martin and Louisville; that Louisville game would have been a lot more valuable two years ago than it is now. The Wildcats also benefit from a relatively soft draw from the West in Arkansas and Mississippi State, and while they get Georgia on the road, Florida, Missouri and Tennessee all come to Kroger Field.”
Fornellia makes a good point. Kentucky will have most of their traditionally-challenging games all inside Kroger Field this year – Florida, Tennessee and Louisville, for starters. Then add in Missouri at home. Sure, Georgia on the road is tough, but that game would be tough for the Cats even if they played it in Lexington.
The only team with an easier schedule than Kentucky is Alabama, who plays Duke, New Mexico State, Southern Miss and Western Carolina. The Tide will also avoid Georgia and Florida.
On the other hand, South Carolina is listed as having the most challenging road. The Game Cocks will play Alabama, Clemson, Texas A&M and Georgia. Like Fornellia says in his schedule breakdown, there have been three programs to compete in the College Football Playoff National Championship in the last two years, and USC will face all three of them. Oh yeah, and a Kentucky team they can’t seem to beat.
Here’s a look at the entire list:
- South Carolina
- Texas A&M
- Ole Miss
- Mississippi State
Do you agree with the report’s order? You can read the full justification for each team’s ranking below: