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Kentucky Football Narrowly Misses PFF’s Postseason Top 25

The fine folks at Pro Football Focus have crunched the film and after careful consideration, your University of Kentucky Wildcats are almost a top 25 team.

Using a metric called PFFELO, the rating quantifies how well they played against their opponent and how well they were expected to play against their opponent. Kentucky’s up-and-down season ended on a high with a dominant 45-13 victory over Louisville, capping off a 5-2 finish. The impressive ending bumped the Wildcats up to No. 27 in PFF’s final rankings of all 130 FBS teams. Where some of UK’s opponents finished:

5. Georgia
12. Florida
35. Tennessee
37. Missouri
38. Mississippi State
53. Louisville
61. South Carolina
102. Vanderbilt

The Wildcats also received some individual honors. Thanks to PFF’s oversight, there is not an all-purpose position, preventing Lynn Bowden from an earning first team All-SEC honors. Here’s how they all shook out:

Darian Kinnard, Second Team Offensive Tackle
Drake Jackson, Second Team Center
Logan Stenberg, Third Team Offensive Guard
Calvin Taylor Jr., Third Team Defensive Line
Boogie Watson, Third Team Linebacker
Cedrick Dort, Honorable Mention Cornerback
Brandin Echols, Honorable Mention Flex Defense
Lynn Bowden, Honorable Mention Kick Returner

Only a true sophomore, Darrian Kinnard does not receive as much publicity as the other talented bigs on the offensive line, but he was PFF’s highest-graded Wildcat in the trenches. The former High School All-American’s future is bright in Lexington.

[Pro Football Focus]

Article written by Nick Roush

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

2 Comments for Kentucky Football Narrowly Misses PFF’s Postseason Top 25

  1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:38 pm December 14, 2019 Permalink

    We really only lose like 4 players on offense and 5 on defense, most of which can be replaced by talent or scheme(Bowden by an actual QB for example and not all are starters), but we gain so much more. Next year looks like Stoops best team and the next few years will be interesting indeed.

  2. Dee
    5:07 pm December 14, 2019 Permalink

    Still can’t believe “we” lost to UT. Horrendous loss. USC was “due”… those dang cowbells… understandable losses.

    Now… go beat the Hokie Pokies