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Two CBS Experts say Kentucky is the SEC’s Most Underrated Football Team

Brian Moriarty | UK Athletics

Brian Moriarty | UK Athletics

College football’s Talking Season is typically “Bulletin Board Material” season for the Kentucky football program. At least two of CBS’ college football experts believe that should not be the case in 2020.

Thursday morning CBS Sports’ college football writers unveiled their SEC picks for the ten-game 2020 football season. Jerry Palm and Ben Kercheval believe Mark Stoops’ Wildcats are the most underrated team in the league.

Always thought of as the only SEC school that cares more about basketball than football, Kentucky’s football team tends to fly under the radar.  However, Mark Stoops has taken the Wildcats to four straight bowl games, peaking in 2018 with a 10-3 record. Kentucky took a little step back last year but still finished 8-5, including a blowout of Louisville. It has to replace do-everything quarterback Lynn Bowden, but Terry Wilson is back from injury.  If the offense can continue to produce, Kentucky will be a team to watch.

Of the seven college football writers on CBS’ staff, three picked Kentucky to finish third in the SEC East behind Florida and Georgia. The other four had Kentucky finishing fourth, trailing the Tennessee Volunteers.

[CBS Sports]

Article written by Nick Roush

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10 Comments for Two CBS Experts say Kentucky is the SEC’s Most Underrated Football Team

  1. UKinIN
    11:09 am September 3, 2020 Permalink

    Notice how the win over U of L is mentioned? I’ll never understand why the “experts” think of that as a big deal?

    • SuperTroy18
      11:30 am September 3, 2020 Permalink

      Same here. They will always seem like a “B team” to me. Even when they were at the top of their run, I never thought they were actually going to challenge for a championship. What makes anyone else think they ever would?!

    • MoreheadCatFan
      11:30 am September 3, 2020 Permalink

      UKinIN, maybe because UofL finished second to Clemson in the ACC Atlantic Division and had the third-best record in the entire conference and was light years better than anyone expected them to be. It was a decisive non-conference victory over an 8-win Power-Five school.

    • UKinIN
      12:24 pm September 3, 2020 Permalink

      So what you’re saying is a bad U of L team overachieved in the ACC, which is basically Clemson and no one else, so UK beating them was a surprise? That shows a complete disregard for UK.

    • MoreheadCatFan
      11:33 am September 3, 2020 Permalink

      SuperTroy18, whether we like it or not, I’d guess most people on the outside looking in would use that very same description for our Wildcats.

    • bigbluebg
      12:32 pm September 3, 2020 Permalink

      We didn’t have any other big wins last year. We beat Missouri (by 22) Arkansas (by 4), & Vandy (by 24). Beating UofL by 32 seems notable.
      We did beat VT by 7 so other than that bowl win UofL win seems like the most notable victory of the past season?

    • Bluenblood
      6:13 pm September 3, 2020 Permalink

      Most underwhelming post mehhh. Touchdown Terry will have to lead this team to win the big games and he’s done it before. Love this team 3rd 4th in the east is a joke. You’ll see!!! Go Cats!!!

    • MoreheadCatFan
      10:01 pm September 3, 2020 Permalink

      UKinIN, I don’t see anyone, including the CBS experts, calling the win over UofL a “surprise”, nor do I see how their comments could be construed in way, shape or form as a “complete disregard for UK”. They simply mentioned that blowout was one of UK’s 8 victories last year. Other than perhaps the bowl win over VA Tech, was there really a more impressive victory on UK’s schedule last fall? The only other team that UK beat that finished above .500 was UT-Martin, an FCS school. I’m not sure why you’re so put out by the mention of the UofL game.

  2. BowdenQB4ever
    12:11 pm September 3, 2020 Permalink

    Well once again our season kind of hinges on that Tennessee game. Beat them and the Georgia and Florida games matter, lose and we’re fighting for elbow room on the back of the bus. We’ve got the better team (again), let’s hope stoops annual big orange choke job is a thing of the past.

    • bigbluebg
      12:43 pm September 3, 2020 Permalink

      I agree that it does seem like Stoops chokes in the UT games.

      Last year should’ve been a W, we played UGA, then Missouri, then had a bye and then UT.

      2018 is more understandable, played UGA at home then 7 days later at UT. Although we were so much better. We gave up a 14 point swing 1 min before halftime and lost by what, 3 points?
      Last year stuffed on the goal line?

      We didn’t deserve to win last year after 4 goal line stands. Pathetic.

      I agree…we have to beat UT if we want to act like we can compete with UF and even UGA. UGA without a QB can still be the best in the East.