The guys over at Saturday Down South are spending their offseason ranking each SEC football team’s schedule by difficulty, and Jon Cooper says that with road trips to Baton Rouge, Missouri, and Louisville, Kentucky has the fifth toughest slate in the league. However, Cooper says that “with an expected improvement, growth and development, Kentucky could sneak up on a few teams.” That’s nice to hear.
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Can Kentucky maneuver a difficult schedule and somehow scratch out a bowl berth? Swing games against Vanderbilt and Tennessee will be crucial. Nobody knows what the Commodores will look like under Derek Mason, and Tennessee is one of college football’s biggest rebuilding teams and has missed three straight bowl games.
Still, in order for the Cats to make a turnaround from 2-10 and get six wins, they still have to upset two teams that will be favorites: Florida, South Carolina, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Georgia and Louisville. Do you see two wins in those seven games?
I’d say our best bets for upsets in that group are at Florida and at Louisville, although the prospect of winning in Gainesville has always been daunting for the Cats.
Read more of Cooper’s breakdown at SDS.