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Phil Steele’s Bowl Predictions are…something

As we draw closer to the football season, many preseason magazine’s and books hit the shelves to grow even more anticipation. One of the most respected preseason prediction books that get released is that of one Phil Steele’s.

People, for the most part, can level with Steele and his predictions, but I have a feeling if you’re reading this post, you will think this guy is bonkers.

Steele released his predictions for the upcoming season in his new book, and it shockingly did not include Kentucky in any bowl game.


Not only was not having Kentucky in a bowl game crazy enough, but he also put Missouri who is not bowl eligible this year in the Music City Bowl. Steele also left out any SEC participation in the Citrus Bowl which usually includes the top SEC team that misses out on the College Football Playoff and the Sugar Bowl.

With an eight-game home schedule, a road game against Vandy, the west opponent being Arkansas, and playing most of the toss-up games ( Florida, Tennesee, and Missouri) it just doesn’t seem fathomable that Kentucky will finish under six games.

Last year, Steele had Josh Allen off his first-team all-SEC list and had Kentucky finishing fifth in the SEC East, and we all know how that turned out.

I still can’t believe the amount of disrespect after last season.

It would be a shame if Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow, and the good folks over at the Kentucky Football complex saw this prediction.


Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_

19 Comments for Phil Steele’s Bowl Predictions are…something

  1. Boman2112
    12:08 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    Getting use to it. I like the disrespect. Keeps the chip in place!

  2. UKfansNKY
    12:08 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    No worries, this TEAM feeds off this type of garbage, just wait and see!!! GO CATS!!

  3. KyZoneBlitz
    12:21 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    I think this should go up in the weight room as bulletin. Of course its almost a guarantee he did no homework to arrive at this conclusion. Michigan will not make the playoff. Mizzou CANT go bowling. We will make it 6 straight over south carolina, 2 over florida and the dirtybirds. Plus the other 3 OOC gives us 6. Add Arkansas, vandy, that’s 8, I think we get payback on the vols too, that’s 9. If the 2ndary and WRs play to they’re talent, easily doable. If we get consistent pass rushing to go with our run stuffers, we can compete for the east again..

  4. ClutchCargo
    12:25 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    I had no idea Phil Steele was so lazy.

  5. J-Dub421
    12:26 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    Go home Phil Steele. You’re drunk.

  6. Headhurts
    12:27 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    Thanks feel steal, after the top 4 these so called experts show their lack of knowledge.

  7. Smyrna_Cat
    12:29 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    Steele is … gives new meaning to “clueless.”

  8. Biglaw Dawgin'
    12:33 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    We’re only returning 4 starters on offense and 4 on defense, so it’s not inconceivable. Plus, Vegas doesn’t think we’ll make a bowl, they have us at 5.5 wins. If anybody feels that strongly about us making a bowl, now’s your chance to go make some money on it.

    • krautdog
      1:33 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink


    • Bluebloodtoo
      1:40 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

      True, but we have many rotation players with significant experience. I wonder how many minutes of experience we have returning. I kinda feel like the starters in football isn’t as indicative as it would be in basketball…

    • mashburnfan1
      5:45 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

      But this guy still shows he is clueless if in fact Mizzou can’t even go to a Bowl and he has them in. Plus 1991 was the last time an SEC team was not in the Citrus Bowl and he has none there. How can anyone respect what he is saying?

  9. 13th. Grade
    1:37 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    Doesn’t seem like UK is getting a lot of respect. I guess they figure last year was an aberration. However, we did lose a lot of talent and have decades of poor to mediocre football as our legacy so I’m not going to get my feelings hurt. As long as they keep performing, the so-called experts will get on board.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      1:44 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

      If the judgement was purely based on historical statistics, i could see how one good year could be viewed as “noise” in the data and get rated down. The good news is that none of that data gets considered for bowl games; only wins and losses from this year. So it’s all up to those guys on the field.

  10. StuckinLville
    1:43 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    Does everyone seem to think last year was a fluke or something? The talent is leaps and bounds ahead of what Joker or Rich ever brought in. But that’s ok, just going to make Kash and the guys hungrier.

  11. Teamhhc1
    2:04 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    Our offense has a lot to prove. Defense won games last year. If the offense improves, and I think it will, then we should win at least 8. We still have some amazing talent on defense.

  12. krautdog
    2:18 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    Benny Snell and the defense won our games last year and they’re gone!

  13. Le Docteur
    2:19 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    We did lose a LOT of talent on defense. UK fans seem to be in denial about that.

    • cats646
      2:33 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

      Our front seven will still be strong as HELL! As long as we have pretty good pass coverage, our defense should be good. Losing Benny hurts of course, but honestly our RB group could be more talented all the way around this year. If Terry improves, which he will, we will be looking another 10 win season down the barrel!!
      GO BIG BLUE!!!!

  14. notFromhere
    3:22 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    Steele has been virtually worshipped, even in KY, for decades. Every year he touts his accuracy, when it SUCKS relative to UK and the non-“big name” schools EVERY YEAR. The saddest part is that sometime he’s only a little bit worse than the other mags.

    It’s easy to predict bowl games for the perennially top 20 in recruiting and those in fairly weak conferences or divisions of conferences. Not as easy to see a UK of last year, GuyMo’s 2nd year, or the year we knocked off FSU in a bowl game.

    Only reason to buy any of them is for the roster and depth chart changes (or BB material, if you actually have a scholarship somewhere).

    He has admitted that he doesnt do all of the work on these. He has a staff, and just approves the work theyre assigned. Nice paycheck if you can get it all together, maybe, but it’s little more than an unresearched blog post printed in color with pictures… that you pay for…