Football success was hard to come by for Kentucky during the 16 years of the BCS era of the NCAA, but that doesn’t mean it was all miserable. Under Rich Brooks, the Wildcats got several consecutive bowl bids, and won many of them. In 2007, we beat the #1 LSU Tigers at Commonwealth, and were ranked as high as #8 the very next week. Granted, there were other losing seasons, but there were high points, too.
Which is why we just barely made the cut in the Sporting News’ “Best of the BCS Era” article, which ranked all the teams from the power conferences with automatic bids. Understand, we didn’t make the cut into the upper echelon, but we did manage to escape the “bottom of the line” category, which was reserved for teams with win percentages under .400. Kentucky? Well, we escaped with a .404 win percentage, good for last place in the “Pretenders” column. But let’s not focus on the negatives. Rather, look at the positives: we beat out other “basketball” schools Indiana, Duke, and Kansas, who had percentages ranging from .398 to .254.
Now, let’s focus on the real positives: Kentucky has every reason to expect to change their stars in the shiny new Playoff era of college football. With a good coach, and great recruits, we could very well see ourselves moving up. Question is, how high? “Middling programs?” “Up and down?” Do we dare dream as high as “Contenders” (featuring Alabama, Michigan, and Auburn)?