Earlier this week, BTI teed off on Kentucky’s 2020 football schedule, which he argued is too weak for the current state of the program. Today, CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli released strength of schedule rankings for all 14 teams in the SEC, and Kentucky’s 2020 slate came in at…No. 10. According to Fornelli’s methodology, the Cats’ 2020 schedule is only 8.42% tougher than the national average and 5.52% easier than the average of the other teams in the league.
The toughest noncon game Kentucky plays is its regular-season finale at Louisville. The rest of it (Eastern Michigan, Kent State and Eastern Illinois) almost feels like a Big Ten nonconference schedule. The draw from the West features a road game against Auburn and Mississippi State. Auburn’s tough, obviously, but it could have been worse. In the division, the Cats get Florida, Mizzou and Tennessee on the road, but outside of Georgia, the home slate is quite manageable. Overall: 8.42% | SEC: -5.52%
Of course, when you look at the rest of the list, the Cats are not alone when it comes to trying to make their non-conference slate as manageable as possible. Georgia, Texas A&M, Missouri, and Florida all rank lower than Kentucky in the strength of schedule rankings, with the Gators being the only SEC team with a projected SOS below the national average.