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RANK the UK Football schedule by difficulty


There are 36 days until the season opener against Southern Miss, which means there’s plenty of time to break down UK’s schedule, so that’s what we’re going to do this evening. Below you’ll find my ranking of UK’s most difficult games, and below that, you’ll have a chance to rank all 12 on your own, from most difficult to least difficult. I think we’ll all agree on #1…

alabama  1. at Alabama, October 1

Defending national champions in Tuscaloosa. Come on.

tennessee 2. at Tennessee, November 12

Tennessee straight up scares me this season. The Vols return 18 starters and between Joshua Dobbs and Jalen Hurd, I fear this could be a very rough trip to Rocky Top in November.

Florida Gators 3. at Florida, September 10

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me 29 times in a row, stop getting your hopes up and go in with low expectations, especially at the Swamp.

georgia 4. Georgia, November 5

“But Georgia’s got a new coach–”


“It’s at home–”


louisville 5. at Louisville, November 26

After the past two years, there’s nothing I’d love more than to end a season with a win over Louisville. After the past two years, I know better than to count on anything in this series, even a 21-point lead at home.

vandy 6. Vanderbilt, October 8

Kentucky beat itself in Nashville last year, but if you listen to Freddie Maggard, you know Vandy has one of the best defenses in the SEC, and they return seven starters. Don’t get me wrong, this game is at home and is definitely winnable, but it comes one week after a road trip to Alabama. Plus, Ralph Webb is really good.

Mississippi State Image 7. Mississippi State, October 22

Dak Prescott is gone and the Bulldogs were voted to finish 7th in the SEC West. Even though Mississippi State has won the past seven matchups, I feel optimistic about this game simply because it’s at home after a bye week.

Missouri 8. at Missouri, October 29

This could be the pivotal game on Kentucky’s schedule. Mizzou’s defense is good, but their offense is not. If Kentucky can put up enough points to win, it will go a long way to helping them get to a bowl.

 9. Southern Miss, September 3

I’ve been drinking Freddie’s Kool-Aid when it comes to this game. Freddie says that on paper, Southern Miss is better than South Carolina and Vandy. If we lose this game…

…I can’t go there yet. I just can’t.

South Carolina 10. South Carolina, September 24

I still don’t understand why the Gamecocks hired Will Muschamp, but hey, I’m not complaining. Combine that with the game being at home and UK winning the past two years and I feel pretty confident about the Cats’ chances.

11. New Mexico State, September 17

New Mexico State ranks 121st out of the 128 teams in ESPN’s 2016 football power rankings. There’s not enough bourbon in the Bluegrass if Kentucky loses this one.

 12. Austin Peay, November 19

Austin Peay didn’t win a single game last season and lost to Vanderbilt 47-7. See above.

Your turn:

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

4 Comments for RANK the UK Football schedule by difficulty

  1. dshwildcats
    8:42 am July 30, 2016 Permalink

    As a long time cats fan, I can assure you that the only game that matters is UofL. If we can’t beat them this year, I’m going to keep having that dream about Coach Petrino. It always starts the same; Stoops and I are rolling around in a field of flowers. He whispers to me, “Yahtzee!”, but when I turn to look it’s Coach Petrino grinning at me, and the field of flowers has been replaced by the Endzone at Commonwealth Stadium. He smiles and says, “Welcome to my house.” I always wake up and realize I’ve peed myself a bit. The only thing that can calm me down is styling my hair like Coach Cal and pretending to coach in the national championship game.

    • dshwildcats
      6:30 am August 1, 2016 Permalink

      That was actually pretty funny, Scorp!! Lol!! You might actually have a career as a writer! Heaven knows you need some kind of hobby to offset living on KSR 24/7. Lol!! You could contact Mike Rutherford and see if he is in need of some new people/material over at Card Chronicle. Maybe you could add the next chapter to the on-going, never ending story of a college football program’s “collision course with the National Championship”. I’m not sure I’ll live long enough to see how that book turns out! But, maybe my great grandchildren will see the day when that “collision course” finally becomes reality!

  2. JASON9999
    9:06 am July 31, 2016 Permalink

    It’s a good thing EKU / WKU aren’t on the schedule.

    • WeareBBN
      9:37 am July 31, 2016 Permalink

      Glad the mighty toppers aren’t on the schedule. They made fun of us last time. It hurt my feelings.