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More media outlets disrespect the Cats, pick South Carolina to beat Kentucky on Saturday

You’d think a blowout victory over the No. 14 team in college football, a 4-0 start, and a No. 17 overall ranking would get talking heads to stop disrespecting the Kentucky Wildcats.

Apparently not.

For whatever reason, South Carolina opened up as two-point favorites over Kentucky this afternoon, a number most fans thought was absolutely ridiculous. Unfortunately for us, it’s only getting worse.

OddsShark released their score prediction, where they believe South Carolina will defeat Kentucky by eight points, a final score of 32.2-24.2…

ESPN’s Football Power Index predicts South Carolina has a 53.7 percent chance to defeat Kentucky, though they did indicate the spread is now down to just one in favor of the Gamecocks.

Can you blame them? Those victories over Coastal Carolina and Vanderbilt, along with their blowout loss against Georgia, really have me going all-in on the Cocks, too.

To make matters worse, ESPN’s FPI lists Kentucky at No. 35 in the nation, behind the likes of Mississippi State, Florida, South Carolina, and Missouri, among others. Keep in mind the Cats came in at No. 17 in both AP and Coaches Polls released this afternoon:

They do project Kentucky to finish with an 8.3-3.8 record, so it doesn’t really make sense why they’re so low on the Cats compared to some of the other (obviously worse) teams in college football.

In (relatively) good news, however, Bovada has dropped Kentucky’s national championship odds from +50,000 to +35,000.

*Insert “so you’re saying there’s a chance?” .gif here*

Keep proving them wrong, Cats.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

39 Comments for More media outlets disrespect the Cats, pick South Carolina to beat Kentucky on Saturday

  1. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    9:09 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    I have no idea what numbers they analyze but at first blush it is a little surprising. Still, this team has much to prove and we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves this early in the season. After decades of relative futility our fan base should know better than to jump the gun. Go Cats!

    • Luether
      11:44 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

      Agree. The difference this year can be attributed to Ky finally having SEC caliber linemen on both sides of the ball. At the end of the day, football is a game of blocking and tackling…

  2. Lip Man 1
    9:11 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    It’s called 50 years of underachieving, bizarre losses and seemingly always able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Going to take some time of sustained good football before that perception changes fair or unfair.

    • Miller45
      9:52 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

      ^^^^^ yes. Have to scratch, claw, and bite to earn anything, no entitlement for Kentucky football (and rightly so)

  3. Wade
    9:13 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink


  4. az1006
    9:19 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    The perception of a program shouldn’t matter when THIS season says otherwise. We’ve not only beaten the two SEC teams we’ve played, we’ve dominated them. Those weren’t fluky games. We were the better team all the way around. Whatever historical perception is, THAT is what should be accounted for. If we had Florida or Tennessee across our chest and had done what we did last night, we’d be a double digit favorite on Saturday. No one is going to be able to convince me otherwise.

    • robson15
      9:24 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

      Too true.

    • bigbluebanana
      8:16 am September 24, 2018 Permalink

      Good point, but the flip side to that is “what if we had Toledo across our chest?”. We would probably be even lower. For better or worse, perception, history, and name has a lot to do with it. Not saying it’s right, just saying that’s the way it is.

  5. BluKudzu
    9:20 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    Feed the Beast!
    Go Cats!

  6. maximumscott
    9:24 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    Further proof of Uncle Matt saying they dont know ish. Also, we were underdogs against UF and Miss St. its ok this UK feeds off this. I honestly dont understand the ranking 17 and the FPI difference especially when we beat both Miss St and UF and they are ahead of us.

  7. Blue Bill
    9:27 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    Good! Hope everyone keeps picking against us! More fuel for the fire!

  8. KYjellyRoll
    9:38 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink


  9. Parker_UKFanNC
    9:49 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    Ayy the first two pictures were ones I messaged to KSR Facebook page. Glad to get more of this garbage nonsense out into the open.

  10. gwhittle
    9:50 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    If the cats take the field with the same attitude against SC as they did against State, they win this one by at least two scores. SC is good, but this UK team is better and has proven it. The only way they lose is if they lose focus and have a let down after this Miss State game.

    • az1006
      9:55 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

      I think the fact USC comes out as favorites puts that notion to bed. This team is hungry, feels disrespected (they are) and plays pissed off. While I think it’s BS they aren’t viewed as highly as they should be, I like the fact it gives the team that extra motivation to keep this train rolling.

  11. KYcats11
    9:56 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    To be completely honest, I see the Cats beating the Cocks easily with a final score of 35-14. Not gonna lie, I thought we would lose to Miss St, but after that performance the sky is the limit for this team. Keep disrespecting us. Go cats!

  12. Crash827
    10:16 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    I hope we’re dogs to everyone including Middle Tennessee, I’ll take upsets all year.

  13. Larkin123
    10:18 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink


  14. UKPROF
    10:35 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    Jack Pilgrim, why so upset? I wish Vegas had made SC a 35 point favorite, so we could take that record back from Old Dominion. What do you think will motivate this team more, to be called a 3 point favorite or to be called a 10 point underdog? Honestly Jack, the spread means nothing. But if you are so confident that the odds makers have screwed up, you can get the last laugh by placing a substantial bet and then taking early retirement. There’s no crying in football, especially over a point spread. I’d love to see UK win this one and the Missouri game, and I could care less what the ‘spread’ is.

    • bluegrassstu
      11:06 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

      The point spread is mostly based on public opinion. I said UK would beat Florida 34 to 16. And i am saying UK 30 to 17 over the Cocks.

    • bigabes4uk
      8:01 am September 24, 2018 Permalink

      The title of this article is off. This has nothing to do with media and their opinions. This is all stats and historical data and vegas line algorithms. There’s not one media opinion in this article. I don’t think anyone in the media in their right mind would pick sc Ober us at home. They’ll all be picking us to win this Saturday. I still don’t really understand how were underdogs at this point and I do hope this makes it to the team. I like them when they have edge of something to prove

    • madarchitect
      12:45 pm September 24, 2018 Permalink

      So you COULD care less?

  15. CombatMedic_98
    10:37 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    ESPN are idiots

    • 4everUKblue
      7:18 am September 24, 2018 Permalink

      You should be able to recognize one, being one Slater/medic

  16. Bluebloodtoo
    10:37 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    Somebody has to play the odds. Kentucky is no stranger to flash in the pan upsets. The odds probably still aren’t in Kentucky’s favor, but I’m a believer. Get back to work.

  17. shelby
    10:38 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    Just march forward!

  18. Cmstew502
    10:50 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    At this point i think these people are trying to help kentucky by creating bulletin board material

  19. cats646
    10:58 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    Man I love this!!

  20. bd2153
    11:28 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    Polls mean the same as nothing.

  21. Trishy
    11:44 pm September 23, 2018 Permalink

    It’s okay to be picked the underdog….it’s just an opinion and everyone has one… just makes the win on Saturday so much sweeter!!! GO CATS!!!?????

  22. Urincatland
    3:27 am September 24, 2018 Permalink

    That’s good! Let the media keep doubting us! That’s only gonna motivate our players even more. Go Cats!

  23. CatsfaninFL
    4:54 am September 24, 2018 Permalink

    If I’m not mistaken, I think all of these are based on statistical models and some do take in historical data. Even if they don’t, it’s just the way those models interpret data. I’ll take any disrespect we can get because this team feeds off it, but we as fans should probably have some perspective.

  24. runningunnin.454
    5:33 am September 24, 2018 Permalink

    None so blind as those who will not see…I love this sh!t.
    28-14 Cats.

  25. kydrummer
    5:47 am September 24, 2018 Permalink


  26. henderblue
    7:56 am September 24, 2018 Permalink

    I think it’s a good thing. Our players seem to embrace the disrespect. And I look forward to another great practice week and beatdown of the Gamecocks on Saturday

  27. UK_fac_boi
    8:36 am September 24, 2018 Permalink

    You know your website sucks when you have to say “insert whatever GIFriday here.????

  28. kenny
    9:39 am September 24, 2018 Permalink

    Carolina is decent. I think Ky is better, but this one may go down to the wire.

  29. wyatts1
    10:41 am September 24, 2018 Permalink

    This game is a definite trap game for our boys in blue. A team that we’ve handled the last 4 years will be looking for some payback and will have a lot of motivation for this ball game. But with that said I am on board with this team, we have the heart, and the home field advantage. Cats win on the backs of our defense34-17 ?? #believethehype