For a computer rating system, ESPN’s Football Power Index sure hates Kentucky. Since its inception, the FPI has constantly overlooked the Cats, famously predicting them to win only five games last season, the second fewest in the SEC, and not even rating them in the top 25 after Kentucky won ten games and finished No. 12 in the AP Poll. Best predictor of a team’s performance, my butt.
So, it’s no surprise the disrespect continues. The FPI released its preseason ratings and Kentucky came in at No. 40. The index predicts Kentucky will only win 6.4 games this season, which ranks 68th in the country and tenth in the SEC. C’mon, man.
Here are the FPI’s projected wins for each SEC team:
- Alabama — 11.0
- Georgia — 9.9
- LSU — 9.5
- Florida — 8.3
- Missouri — 8.1
- Mississippi State — 7.7
- Auburn — 7.7
- Tennessee — 7.6
- Texas A&M — 7.4
- Kentucky — 6.4
- South Carolina — 6.1
- Ole Miss — 5.8
- Vanderbilt — 5.3
- Arkansas — 4.8
As second round draft pick Lonnie Johnson tweeted, that’s lame, and he even missed one of the teams Kentucky beat in the top 25:
I see four teams that lost to Kentucky last year y’all lame https://t.co/utTohSUeSx
— Lonnie Johnson jr. (@Lonnie30johnson) July 10, 2019
Last year’s team used disrespect as fuel. I’m sure this group will do the same. Right, Smoke?
remember when I was like your pillow and got slept on?? pic.twitter.com/0yosoJyvDh
— _SmokeThe?_ (@_KS20_) July 10, 2019