The 2019-20 college football season hasn’t even come to a close quite yet, but an early preseason poll has already been released for the 2020-21 season.
But don’t get your hopes up about the quality of said poll.
In Sporting News’ way-too-early top 25 for 2020 season, the popular media outlet failed to include Kentucky, but placed the Louisville Cardinals in the top 20 at No. 19 overall.
Their reasoning? Scott Satterfield and his “impressive turnaround” in his first year on the job.
Scott Satterfield led the Cardinals to eight wins in an impressive turnaround in Year 1, and there’s no reason to believe that growth won’t continue in Year 2. Malik Cunningham emerged as the right quarterback with 22 touchdowns and five interceptions, and the offensive line play should continue to improve. Javian Hawkins could emerge as a legit Doak Walker Award candidate in this offense, too. More depth is needed on defense, but this is the best bet to challenge Clemson in the ACC Atlantic.
The Wildcats, set to return 9/11 starters on offense and 7/11 starters on defense, along with a ridiculous amount of depth and arguably the top-ranked recruiting class in school history, however, were left off the list.
Oh, and the same Wildcats that defeated the No. 19 Cardinals by a final score of 45-13 back on Nov. 30.
For those interested, check out the entire preseason top 25:
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Penn State
- Texas A&M
- Oklahoma State
- North Carolina
- Arizona State
- Boise State
Oh well. Still eight months or so to get it right.