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UK Football’s schedule ranked 28th hardest in the country

The cruel part about next season for Kentucky football is, even if the Cats are a lot better, it may not matter because their schedule is so difficult. In fact, if you go by ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), UK’s schedule the 28th hardest in the country, ahead of South Carolina, Ohio State, and Tennessee.

Of course, the SEC being the SEC, Kentucky’s schedule may be the 28th hardest in the country, but it’s only the 10th hardest in the conference. The FPI says Ole Miss has the toughest schedule in the league, followed by Alabama and LSU:

2. Ole Miss
5. Alabama
6. LSU
9. Texas A&M
10. Arkansas
11. Auburn
13. Vanderbilt
16. Georgia
21. Mississippi State
28. Kentucky
30. South Carolina
35. Tennessee
36. Missouri
49. Florida

Right now, ESPN’s FPI predicts the Cats will win five games, which sounds pretty fair to me. Here’s the schedule so you can judge for yourself:

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We’ll play this game a lot between now and September, but what do you think Kentucky’s record will be?

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9 Comments for UK Football’s schedule ranked 28th hardest in the country



  1. @GoCayts
    5:13 pm May 3, 2016 Permalink

    any update on Kevin Williams?



  2. Patches
    5:21 pm May 3, 2016 Permalink

    Playing this game of wins losses with UK is tricky indeed. I see 7 wins and also 5. Hard to judge this team and myself the quarterback situation is the most tedious spot on offense along with a weak O line. Defense against the run also is a problem especially against mobile quarterbacks. History not on our side.



  3. Rick_S
    5:25 pm May 3, 2016 Permalink

    looks like 5 more wins



  4. deltasig41
    5:52 pm May 3, 2016 Permalink

    Southern Miss–W
    @ Florida–L
    New Mexico State–W
    South Carolina– Toss up
    @ Alabama–L
    Vandy–W
    Mississippi State–Toss up
    @ Mizzou–Toss up
    Georgia–L
    @ Tennessee–L
    Austin Peay–W
    @ Louisville–Toss up

    That’s the way I see it. In order for Kentucky football to take the next step, we HAVE to win a couple of those “swing” games. We’ve come close the last two years and been unable to close the deal…At Florida, Mississippi State, FLorida at home, Auburn at home, Louisville at home…We could have, maybe even should have, won all of those games. This year, we simply have to.



    • satcheluk
      11:58 am May 4, 2016 Permalink

      USC at home will have us favored and @ Mizzou (1-7 in SEC last year) trying to turn things around with a new coach. I’d say we have 5 wins minimum (the 4 you mentioned + Mizzou) and we need to upset one of USC, MSU, UGA, UT or UL to go to a bowl. That is not an insurmountable challenge.



  5. Rsn2GoBlu
    6:27 pm May 3, 2016 Permalink

    3 definite wins (NM State, Vandy, Austin Peay). 5 definite loses, GA, UF, UL, TN, and Alabama. That leaves 4 games (SMiss, SC, Miss St, and Missouri) where we have to win 3 to get a bowl bid. Not very likely.



  6. Kentucky Ben
    6:48 pm May 3, 2016 Permalink

    I see anywhere from 6-6 to 8-4. I see wins v. Southern Miss,New Mexico State,South Carolina,Vandy,Missouri,and Austin Peay.Louisville and Georgia are both toss ups



  7. chimichanga
    7:39 pm May 3, 2016 Permalink

    It’s gonna be somewhere between 4 – 6 wins. Which kinda sucks, but it’s the unvarnished truth.



  8. whatwasthat
    7:57 pm May 3, 2016 Permalink

    5 to 7 wins, with the 7th gotten by blind luck or a long overdue gift by the football gods. So much, once again, is dependent upon the offensive line keeping the quarterback upright for more than 2 seconds, Drew being able to improve upon his stiff and immobile performance from last year. And the defensive line being able to stop the run. A tall order for a young team and sadly a staff still defining itself.