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Syracuse.com Ranks Kentucky the 65th Best Team in the Country

Via Fansided

The folks over at Syracuse.com have been putting together a ranking of every college football team in the nation and over the weekend the Cats made their appearance, coming in at number 66 out of 129. While the ranking seems pretty low and it could be easy to dismiss someone writing for Syracuse as a random outsider, the author Patrick Stevens does seem to have a pretty solid grasp on Kentucky. He writes:

Mark Stoops and Kentucky have reached the awkward phase of any rebuilding project – where the on-field results might not reflect the improvements in a program or keep pace with expectations.

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The improvements suggest a breakthrough will come eventually. But it might not be this year. Kentucky has reasonable hopes of reaching a bowl game, yet no one should be surprised if a better team can only match last year’s record.

His “number of note” tidbit is also pretty sobering. Kentucky has lost 20 consecutive road games dating back to a 2009 win at Georgia. That was six years ago when Rich Brooks was still on the sidelines. That would put a win on September 12 at South Carolina or even the November 14th game at Vandy as a major major milestone for Coach Stoops. One step at a time when you’re rebuilding a program.

Syracuse.com’s ranking is also in line with some others from around the net. Athlon Sports has the Cats ranked 55th and The Power Rank uses advanced statistics to place them 64th. There is still nowhere to go but up this season for Stoops and his team but I have to admit it hurts to see WKU come in just ahead at number 60.

At least we will have the element of surprise on our side when we shock some teams around the conference. Keep sleeping on em.

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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23 Comments for Syracuse.com Ranks Kentucky the 65th Best Team in the Country



  1. etr
    9:53 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Prove them wrong Stoops! !!! Go BIG BLUE! !!!!!!!!



  2. Bama
    9:54 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    They have them a little higher than most. Probably in the 80 to 85 range.



    • Bama
      10:27 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Go Cards!



    • Bama
      10:27 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Oops!

      Role Tied!!



  3. HaganHall
    10:05 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    RANKED BEHIND WKU???? . . . . that TURIBLE. . . smh

    BOWL or BUST STOOPS! PERIOD.



  4. In the Cards
    10:08 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Those analyst obviously don’t read KSR. If they did, they would know we got a 3 million dollar coach, a new stadium, pretty new helmets, a team full of ohio players and a stadium full of homers! I see at least 3 teams forfeiting before kick off!



    • Brian
      10:24 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      More Card fans read this site than their own. And they say we are obsessed with THEM! Hahahaha!



    • You Just Got Carded
      11:23 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Just wait hicks – we are gonna even up that head-to-head football series this year. Finally. We are so much better than you.



    • @BallBlog_Chad
      9:03 am July 28, 2015 Permalink

      that was actually pretty funny … I think it’s gonna be a fun season



    • Analysts!!
      2:29 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

      Analysts. The plural form of analyst is analysts.



  5. Linda Skaggs
    10:45 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    At last Coach Stoop and the Cats is Getting some respect



    • Linda Skaggs
      10:59 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      ACC Takeover starts now! ACC CHAMPS 2016!! Book it. Football and basketball.



  6. Lappa
    11:34 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Heard the folks at Rochester.com had us at #59.



    • 8 god
      9:08 am July 28, 2015 Permalink

      I chuckled



  7. BluKudzu
    12:50 am July 28, 2015 Permalink

    Too bad, little brother, no matter what happens, your team will always be “our little brother.”

    Good luck in the ACC.

    Please keep your troubled players from beating women in Kentucky.

    Louisville: Proud home to marriage cheaters, coaching women beaters!



    • You have the special Stoops
      6:48 am July 28, 2015 Permalink

      This is all true only in the mind of a hick. Good luck with your obese coach who looks like the fat guy from teen wolf.



    • J-Dub421
      8:23 am July 28, 2015 Permalink

      No, it’s true in their arrest records as well.



    • Obese?
      2:34 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

      It’s the strangest phenomenon when opposing fans make fun of another team’s coach for carrying a few extra pounds. It’s even odder when they use the word obese incorrectly. What the hell are you anyway? 3 years old? Official Stoops response: “I’m rubber and you’re glue…”. Seriously how effing childish can you be?



  8. Jeffrey
    8:14 am July 28, 2015 Permalink

    Last pre season, they had them in the 80s or 90s and ended up in the 50-60’s. Hopefully they can have a similar dramatic climb like last season with this new season. Ill be happy with a top 40 team in the third season.



  9. CatsBy80
    8:46 am July 28, 2015 Permalink

    a lot of chicken fans on this website lately… didn’t know the jefferson county jail had wifi. guess you learn something new everyday.



  10. Joe
    9:28 am July 28, 2015 Permalink

    **and it could be easy to dismiss someone writing for Syracuse as a random outsider**

    Followed up by

    **Kentucky has lost 20 consecutive road games dating back to a 2009 win at Georgia**

    That stat, is completely false. We beat Louisville @ their place in September of 2010. Furthermore, we have lost 22 consecutive road games, not 20. So this article is nonsense. One that is full of lies. It should read “Kentucky has lost 22 consecutive road games dating back to a 2010 win at Louisville”

    Either way you slice it, 22 consecutive road loses is pathetic. With all of the hype surrounding the new CWS and Stoops rebuilding, it is easy to forget just how sorry our football program has been traditionally.

    It is expected though with the basketball program taking all of the money while the football team is left high and dry. However, here in recent years, there does seem to be a bit of an equilibrium fiscally between the two programs. People are backing Kentucky football- Now we just need those big road wins to keep the hype going and get us over the hump. In my opinion, that is why the Florida game last year was so devastating. We needed that one for so many more reasons beyond just football.