Saturday Down South broke down the SEC East by looking at each team’s X-factors. SDS included 2015 record in staff turnover, record in close games, number of returning starters, 2015 fumble recovery rate, turnover margin, bye week placement and strength of schedule.
Saturday Down South ranked Kentucky fourth in SEC East predicting that the Cats will go to a bowl game this season.
The Wildcats were in the top five last year in both fumble recoveries and recovery percentage, which is all the more impressive when one considers the fact that they had only 17 sacks, fewest in the SEC.
The non-conference schedule is friendly, with only a season finale at Louisville about which to fret. However, drawing a road trip to Alabama as a crossover game likely won’t help the Wildcats reach the six-win plateau.
Eddie Gran will be calling the plays this season, while Darin Hinshaw will be working with Drew Barker and the other quarterbacks. If those two can replicate their success at Cincinnati, Kentucky may wind up with December plans this season.
Positives: Non-conference schedule, fumble recovery percentage
Negatives: SEC crossover games, offensive staff turnover
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