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Kentucky Football Ranked No. 33 in ESPN Preseason FPI

The early metrics like the Kentucky Wildcats ahead of the 2020 college football season.

Just a few days after SP+ ranked Kentucky 28th, ESPN released rankings for all 130 teams in its Football Power Index (FPI). The Wildcats enter the 2020 season at No. 33 in the FPI, good enough for eighth in the SEC. Kentucky is immediately followed in the rankings by South Carolina, Louisville and Purdue. Mark Stoops’ team finished the 2019 season ranked 25th in FPI.

Of course, you’ll find plenty of UK’s 2020 opponents in the top 25 of ESPN’s computer rankings.

121. Eastern Michigan
11. Florida
106. Kent State
34. South Carolina
15. Auburn
FCS Eastern Illinois
81. Vanderbilt
53. Missouri
19. Tennessee
39. Mississippi State
10. Georgia
35. Louisville

Even though Kentucky has not cracked into the top 25 of either notable computer ranking system, the Wildcats are incrementally earning more credit. Prior to the star of the 2019 season both systems ranked UK 40th in FBS. Improved recruiting and sustainable success over the last four years prove Kentucky’s recent run is no fluke.

Now that I’ve said nice things about the computers, let me point and laugh at the predictable rise of Nebraska, Tennessee and Texas football. This won’t be the last time you hear this is the year they’re “back.”

[2020 Preseason ESPN FPI Rankings]

Article written by Nick Roush

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

5 Comments for Kentucky Football Ranked No. 33 in ESPN Preseason FPI

  1. mashburnfan1
    4:46 pm February 18, 2020 Permalink

    Michigan State is now after Coach Clink. Can’t let him go either so hoping admin is working with him now. Keep this staff together a couple more years and big things could happen.

  2. az1006
    6:15 pm February 18, 2020 Permalink

    The preseason hype for teams like Nebraska and Texas is a perfect example of Jersey bias. The product Kentucky had on the field last year, the depth we have at every position, and the production we have returning is better than both of them. But, yet again, no respect. Sure, it’s better than it was, but it is going to take a breakthrough (like winning the East) for anyone in the media to take this team seriously on a consistent basis.

    • WKY Cat
      6:36 pm February 18, 2020 Permalink

      AZ I agree. The school name across the jersey keeps them relevant. But nothing to really justify it.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      7:52 pm February 18, 2020 Permalink

      I’m sure there are basketball teams that would argue the same thing about UK MBB every year that Calipari has been here. It’s difficult to justify those top ten starts when we have very little holdover year after year.

  3. Bluebloodtoo
    7:53 pm February 18, 2020 Permalink

    On the whole, I think it’s reasonable… but this is the last year I’ll give them a break. What have our finishing ranks been ther least two years? We didn’t lose enough this year to justify a drop AND we actually have a starting QB again.