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Sporting News Ranks Kentucky No. 16 in Preseason Top 25

Before the AP releases the official preseason Top 25 on Monday, Sporting News has re-evaluated their rankings following the Big Ten and Pac-12’s cancellation of football this fall. Their loss is Kentucky’s gain.

Last week’s dismissals of football forced Bill Bender to remove ten teams from his initial preseason Top 25. It’s clear that the Wildcats narrowly missed the cut the first time around, now ranked No. 16 overall.

The Wildcats are 18-8 the last two seasons and have achieved stability under Mark Stoops, who continues to build depth through recruiting. Kentucky has most of its starters on both sides coming back, but the loss of All-American talent Lynn Bowden needs addressed. Quarterback Terry Wilson is coming off a season-ending knee injury, and the key will be establishing a consistent running game behind him. That’s led to more success in the SEC East. Can the Wildcats hold their spot in the pecking order when they arrive at a two-week November stretch that features road games at Florida and Alabama?

Those two teams at the end of the season are ranked second and seventh, respectively. UK will open the season against No. 8 Auburn, Georgia comes in at No. 3, Tennessee is one spot ahead of Kentucky at No. 15 and the disgusting flavor of the month from down the road is No. 14.

[Sporting News Top 25]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

5 Comments for Sporting News Ranks Kentucky No. 16 in Preseason Top 25

  1. runningunnin.454
    10:59 pm August 21, 2020 Permalink

    Cards at 14? Don’t know what they’re smoking; but, I need a hit.

  2. bbn606
    5:19 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

    It’s amazing that Looserville is ranked ahead of us. How bad do you continually have to beat a team to show that you are better.

    • CatsDLegit
      10:26 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

      UL is sprobably being ranked above us because they will probably have a better record at the end of the year. They have a weak schedule (what’s new?) and we play like 5 top 13 teams. We’ll be lucky to go 6-4 in this gaunlet of a schedule.

    • KyZoneBlitz
      10:57 pm August 22, 2020 Permalink

      We will not be lucky to go 6-4, in my book, thats the low-point. We ARE a really good team with a ton of ELITE talent. We will beat alot of those teams. Just because national media isnt giving us a ton of respect doesnt mean squat. We WILL have a great season this year if football is played. ALL-Conference schedule or not. Go Cats.

  3. csnailnrun
    7:14 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

    Piss on loserville. Vomit team and city