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Kentucky Football falls just outside of Top 25 in 2020 SP+ Projections

As Kentucky football fans have their sights set on the longterm future of the program, you don’t have to look far to find reasons to be optimistic about the 2020 season.

We are months away from preseason polls and all-conference teams. To make the wait more bearable for diehard college football fans, ESPN’s Bill Connelly has compiled projections for all 130 FBS teams in the SP+ system. An excellent analytics tool for college football (especially in the world of gambling), its primary function is to predict how a team will perform in the future, instead of judging a team simply by what it’s done in the past.

When compiling the latest numbers, three factors were the primary focus: returning production, recent recruiting and recent history.

Entering his eighth season at Kentucky, Mark Stoops’ team ranks 25th in returning production. Even though Lynn Bowden is on his way to making millions in the NFL, 73% of the Cats’ production from 2019 will be back in 2020.  On the recruiting front, the last two classes have been factored into this equation. Rivals ranked those UK classes 30th and 22nd. Recent success makes up the final 10% of the formula. The 8-5 Wildcats finished 35th in the 2019 SP+ rankings.

After crushing the numbers Kentucky is 28th in the 2020 SP+ Rankings, one spot behind… Indiana?Where all of UK’s opponents fall in the rankings:

116. Eastern Michigan
7. Florida
112. Kent State
35. South Carolina
11. Auburn
FCS Eastern Illinois
101. Vanderbilt
49. Missouri
19. Tennessee
43. Mississippi State
4. Georgia
41. Louisville

Four top 25 teams are on the schedule, with two road trips to face top 15 opponents.

Expectations will be high for the Kentucky Wildcats in 2020. If they meet them against an incredibly difficult schedule, it will be a season the BBN will not soon forget.

[ESPN 2020 SP+ Projections]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

17 Comments for Kentucky Football falls just outside of Top 25 in 2020 SP+ Projections



  1. big cat
    3:31 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    ……AND the story here is? Who really cares about predictions in February. Geez. Get a life! Cats will be fine. Go write something productive…..about libtards….Pelosi, Schiffhead, and Schmuck dems.



    • ryan1723
      4:10 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      The KSR football writer makes a post about Kentucky foootball and this guy loses his mind.



    • UK_fac_boi
      4:40 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      My brother has special needs, please refrain from using language like that. It shows who you are but just makes the rest of BBN look bad. Remove the R word from your vocabulary., please. Jesus love you.



    • RealCatsFan
      4:47 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Some people are triggered easily. Do you lay awake at night worrying about political crap? Sheesh!



    • Irwin R. Fletcher
      5:00 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Where does Kentucky’s public education system rank again? Oh, yeah….



    • 4everUKBlue
      5:24 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      RCF it seems to be the same party every time acting like they’re better because of their party. Wake up big cat, one is not better than the other.



  2. Wade
    3:56 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    This is our year undefeated season



    • SuperTroy18
      4:48 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Sounds good to me!



  3. RealCatsFan
    4:48 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    I’m excited for the future of UK Football, and hoping that we will get enough respect this year to actually get a top-25 ranking at some point. On the other hand, we seem to use disrespect as fuel.



  4. stevemotley
    4:49 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    We get to prove ’em wrong again!



  5. BigBluSoTru
    4:49 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    6-6 , 7-5 at best



    • Wade
      5:13 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Lmfao come see about it



    • runningunnin.454
      6:40 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Some of us will want some of that action! And, we’re going to beat BigRedSoTru so bad, they’ll think the last two years were the good old days.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      6:49 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      He calls himself bigblusotru because it’s the perfect roll name for a smallredalwaysfalse little brother fan.



  6. stevemotley
    4:52 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Some of the teams they have ahead of us are laughable



  7. BluKudzu
    5:14 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Who left the idiot bag open? @Big Cat is spewing the hate and lies from his MAGA bunker.

    Do not get close to any power generating wind mills big cat….they cause cancer.

    Dude has got SFB syndrome.



  8. wes720
    6:53 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Use the disrespect for “tacklin fuel”