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Sporting News ranks Louisville football No. 19 overall for 2020, Kentucky unranked

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.

19. Louisville

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:

  1. Clemson
  2. Ohio State
  3. Alabama
  4. LSU
  5. Georgia
  6. Oregon
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Penn State
  10. Florida
  11. Auburn
  12. Minnesota
  13. Texas
  14. Wisconsin
  15. Michigan
  16. Texas A&M
  17. Oklahoma State
  18. Utah
  19. Louisville
  20. Cincinnati
  21. North Carolina
  22. Arizona State
  23. Virginia
  24. UCF
  25. Boise State

Oh well. Still eight months or so to get it right.

(Sporting News)

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

15 Comments for Sporting News ranks Louisville football No. 19 overall for 2020, Kentucky unranked

  1. DelrayCat
    9:11 pm January 10, 2020 Permalink

    Love it. Bulletin board fodder. Put it up in the weight room.

  2. buzzard
    9:57 pm January 10, 2020 Permalink

    Come see about it! Atlanta here we come!

  3. 4everUKBlue
    10:14 pm January 10, 2020 Permalink

    Wouldn’t have it any other way!

  4. makeitstop
    10:59 pm January 10, 2020 Permalink

    Literally unbelievable. No one with any actual sense would come up with this.

  5. notFromhere
    11:10 pm January 10, 2020 Permalink

    I see they put all of the usual hype targets up there and shuffled em around a little, then added a couple longer shots to make it interesting. Probably did about 5min and 4 googles worth of “research” to come up with this fine piece of journalism.

    These jerks still owe money to several delivery drivers I used to know. Thieves and and hacks

    • notFromhere
      11:11 pm January 10, 2020 Permalink

      With the weakest schedules in football the ACC should NOT be getting this much hype. It’s simply for the clicks

  6. makeitstop
    11:16 pm January 10, 2020 Permalink

    These geniuses had Texas, Miss St, Army TAMU, Nebraska, Washington St, Stanford, Syracuse etc in the top 35 last year and had LSU at 7… so, giant eye roll for SN.

    • makeitstop
      11:19 pm January 10, 2020 Permalink

      Sorry – top 26, notv35… oh and UCF. They missed Navy, UVa, UNC, Memphis, Iowa, Minnesota etc.

  7. Bluebloodtoo
    11:19 pm January 10, 2020 Permalink

    Not surprised. Even if we won the SEC championship next year, they’d still not start us in pre season top 25 the next year. We’d be expecting a down year after that, ya know?

  8. J. Did
    7:52 am January 11, 2020 Permalink

    KENTUCKY embraces the role of underdog and gains strength daily with the chip on the shoulder(s).

  9. Mathlete
    8:31 am January 11, 2020 Permalink

    I fixed it for them.

    “They went from a team who quit after 4 games to a team that beat up on the worst teams in the worst Power 5 conference and tripped over a bowl win against a bad Mississippi State team who just fired their coach.”

  10. Kat 308
    8:39 am January 11, 2020 Permalink

    North Carolina ranked as well

  11. bbn606
    8:58 am January 11, 2020 Permalink

    Ahh yes, this is what fuels our Cats!

  12. makeitstop
    9:16 am January 11, 2020 Permalink

    At least they finally fell out of love w/ UT, USC and Mizzou. I think we are the only SEC East team not named Vandy that hasn’t been picked to finish in the top 25 and challenge for the East in the last 3 years. But I think our #12 finish a year ago is the highest of any of those… and we actually DID challenge for the East. But whatever, keep giving us the disrespect narrative and picking AAC teams ahead of us.