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Kentucky and the (Extinct) BCS: We’re Not the Worst!

UK Footballl 07_08  Brooks, Joker Press Conference

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)?

Article written by Corey Nichols

8 Comments for Kentucky and the (Extinct) BCS: We’re Not the Worst!

  1. SEC Cellar Dwellers
    6:33 pm January 20, 2014 Permalink

    ” This group of schools combined for just five BCS appearances, and Washington had the lone BCS bowl win in the 2001 Rose Bowl. IT’S HARD TO TRUST THESE PROGRAMS TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP.”


  2. Hoosier wild cat
    6:46 pm January 20, 2014 Permalink

    I think in 4 years we can be on the same level as SC, GA and have seasons where we only lose 2 – 4 games on a regular basis. Then IF we can do that for a few years MAYBE we can get even better recruits and compete in the top level of the SEC.

    • Reality
      9:38 pm January 20, 2014 Permalink


  3. harding lindane
    9:16 pm January 20, 2014 Permalink

    Yule of K is much higher in moral victories however.

  4. Tonya From Winchester
    12:59 am January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Hey look… Louisville is 16th best BCS school ever. They are a footballl school that KY should strive to match !!!

    • Beavis
      7:56 am January 21, 2014 Permalink

      Please ??? You want us to match the zoo in Louisville. Maybe we should put up some core values. Maybe hire a couple of sleaze bag coaches. I am sorry Tonya, matching Louisville does not sound like a direction that UK should strive for.

  5. Beavis
    10:22 am January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Caption: Good luck people,,, I am turning the program over to this guy.

  6. Trey
    4:48 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    13. Alabama 142-63 (.693)

    14. Miami, Fla. 139-63 (.688)

    15. Nebraska 143-65 (.688)

    16. Louisville 135-66 (.672)

    17. Michigan 134-67 (.667)

    18. Utah 130-65 (.667)

    19. Auburn 133-69 (.658)

    Are we forgetting to mention a current Contender?