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Saturday Down South says Kentucky has the fifth toughest schedule in the SEC

Darrell Bird | CatsPause.com

Darrell Bird | CatsPause.com

Darrell Bird | CatsPause.com

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.

Here’s some more:

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.

[Kentucky Strength of Schedule: The SEC’s 5th toughest schedule]

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12 Comments for Saturday Down South says Kentucky has the fifth toughest schedule in the SEC



  1. jason
    5:48 pm May 28, 2014 Permalink

    Tread carefully, I have nothing to add to this



  2. sarkster
    5:56 pm May 28, 2014 Permalink

    Road to a bowl?

    UTM
    Ohio U
    Vandy
    ULM
    MSU
    UT



  3. Rei
    5:59 pm May 28, 2014 Permalink

    Florida, South Carolina, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Georgia and Louisville. Do you see two wins in those seven games?

    I see Miss State and UL. USC a tossup, the others no way.



  4. Tub O Lard
    6:00 pm May 28, 2014 Permalink

    And UK has the fattest coach in the SEC.



  5. Come on Man!
    6:03 pm May 28, 2014 Permalink

    You can not be serious – We are a long ways away from upsetting the GATORS in Gainesville!
    GO CATS!!!



  6. ssippicat
    6:18 pm May 28, 2014 Permalink

    Definitely a long way from closing the talent gap, but an upset can happen anytime to anyone.



  7. Jim harris
    6:49 pm May 28, 2014 Permalink

    UT is the LAST team I’d ever pick for UK to beat, without regard to how weak UT might be in a given season. They’ve got us so buffaloed that they beat us even on those rare occasions when we’re actually the better team.

    However, in our leanest of years we’ve managed to play one or two good games, considering. We might be improved enough that on such occasions this season, we could eke it out for a win. Surely this year’s edition of the Cats is at least 14 points better than those teams of the past couple of years.. There’s too much of an apparent upgrade of talent for that not to be true. I’m hoping for 6 wins, expecting 5 and fearing 4



  8. Ukcatzfan
    7:04 pm May 28, 2014 Permalink

    UK is at least 3-4 years away from competing in the SEC east
    And 5-7 years from competing in the SEC as a whole,
    Assuming UK keeps getting better players
    UK may be in the top 30 national recruiting but only 5th in the SEC east
    And 10th -11th total in the SEC



    • SEC
      7:34 pm May 28, 2014 Permalink

      10-11th in the SEC? That’s a bit of a stretch, don’t ya think? 13-14th suits you better.



  9. Luther
    8:56 pm May 28, 2014 Permalink

    I predict an improvement over the last 2 years – to 3 wins…



  10. BluKudzu
    9:10 pm May 28, 2014 Permalink

    It’s a long way to the top, if you want to rock a bowl.



  11. Please just stop with the Florida upset in the swamp
    9:24 am May 29, 2014 Permalink

    Beyond ridiculous