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USA Today ranks UK the 104th football team in the country…ouch


USA Today’s Paul Myerberg is counting down each of the 128 Division I football teams this summer, and sadly, he’s already at the Cats. Myerberg ranks Kentucky the 104th best team in the country, but says they’re recruiting at such a level that they won’t be there for much longer. He stresses that for Kentucky to improve, that young talent will have to step up immediately, particularly at wide receiver. Tell us something we don’t know, right?

However, Myerberg writes that one position at which the Cats shine is running back:

At one position, at least, this team is up to snuff in the SEC: Kentucky can go at least four and perhaps five deep at running back, a position led by sophomore Jojo Kemp (482 yards) but brimming with challengers for the starting job. One player to watch in particular: Braylon Heard comes via Nebraska, where he lost the starting job to Ameer Abdullah, and is easily the most gifted back on the roster — and as such should be earning starter’s touches by no later than midseason, in my estimation. In addition, UK returns Josh Clemons from injury, brings in Pittsburgh transfer Demitrious Davis and has a pair of true freshmen, Mikel Horton and Stanley Williams, with four-star billing. This is a very, very good group.

One game to watch for the Cats? Florida. At Florida. Really. Myerberg writes that with four winnable games on the schedule (Tennessee-Martin, Ohio, Vanderbilt and Louisiana-Monroe), a win over the Gators at home could boost momentum heading into the conference schedule and possibly give the Cats a chance at a postseason.

Myerberg warns that UK has a long, hard road ahead of it, but they’re making the right moves so far:

In total, foundational pieces have been added at nearly every position. But UK’s best draw is the process itself: Stoops and this staff have changed the program’s course of direction. The Wildcats are making noise off the field. Next, the program needs to translate this success to between the white lines. Good days are ahead. But this team is not quite ready to move out of the cellar in the East Division.

The profile is ridiculously in-depth, so please go check it out over at USA Today.

[College Football Countdown | No. 104: Kentucky]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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28 Comments for USA Today ranks UK the 104th football team in the country…ouch

  1. JDH
    6:15 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink


  2. DB11
    6:23 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

    What a joke. They will be around 60-85.

    • SEC
      7:00 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

      Even a ranking that high would normally turn most fan bases irate and get many coaches fired. Not at Kentucky where lowered expectations run high.

    • That's fair
      11:06 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

      You got that right. Why are we even thinking about giving Stoops a second season after he didn’t win the conference championship in year one?! Aaaarrrrggghhh!!

  3. schwing
    6:25 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

    104 out of 128? sounds about right. maybe a bit on the generous side.

    • Join Them
      6:28 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

      You seem to be on the same level as the “experts” at USA Today. And we all know they have a crack team of prognosticators.

  4. USA Today
    6:29 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

    We aim at a reading level of Grade 4. Does that tell you anything about us?

    • Really
      6:37 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

      You won two games last year and got trounced by Western. Do that tell you anything?

    • seriously, doe
      8:44 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

      ^ Yeah. Do it?

  5. SEC
    6:54 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

    Hey, 104th is improvement from last year!

  6. MadTex
    7:03 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

    UK couldn’t beat a high school team that has never fielded a football team before.

  7. jones returns
    7:07 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

    So you’re saying there’s a chance!

  8. Justme
    7:15 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

    Petrino could have been walking thru that door…….but we lose the right way!

  9. Craig Sager's Suits
    8:53 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

    For the last time, we ARE NOT winning AT Florida. IF it were at Lexington, maybe, but NOT at Gainesville.

  10. DMG
    8:55 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

    for the record…. we play FL on the road this year. and we didnt get “trounced” by Western.

  11. Blue
    9:08 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

    Well you have to start somewhere….

  12. KYStout
    9:43 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

    That ranking is absolute bull$hit.

  13. bluegrassstu
    10:18 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

    104th seems wrong. I think they are between 70 and 75. I also think the Cats will win 4 to 6 games this year. Hopefully by the time they play loserville, the team is good enough to beat them.

  14. Billy Ray
    10:47 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

    If we work hard and roll up our sleeves, we can win 3 games.

  15. Sure thing
    10:52 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

    There’s an old saying:

    “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and ‘schwing’ and his butt-buddy ‘SEC’ trolling football posts.”

    • Sure thing
      11:09 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

      Oh, the other sure thing is UK will continue to be the anal canal of college football.

  16. Biff Switters
    11:49 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

    ‘F’ that we’ll be better than that…wait and see!

  17. I'm a Dealer for the People
    11:50 pm May 15, 2014 Permalink

    Keep the faith real wildcat fans, good days are coming. Disregard these negative remarks, we know where they are coming from, don’t we? Go Cats!!!!

    • Lol
      6:52 am May 16, 2014 Permalink

      We will suck as usual.

  18. UKfanNKY
    8:46 am May 16, 2014 Permalink

    Sweet………………MOTOVATION NOW WE HAVE SOMETHING TO PROVE!!! All you HATERS ready to get your ass beat well watch out cause it’s about to happen!! GO CATS!!!

  19. Craig Sager's Suits
    10:25 am May 16, 2014 Permalink

    How is it hating when it’s clear and present truth? Since the thread talks about the Florida game, I’ll wager this:
    IF UK beats Florida, AT Florida, I will NOT make another “negative” comment about the FOOTBALL team, FOR THE REMAINDER of the year.

    IF Florida beats UK, then all the “non-haters” must admit UK still has some work to do.

    The recruiting has improved, that is not the dispute, the dispute is the product on the field and I think it’s ok to take caution before going “they’re the greatest F’ers here” at this time.

  20. Common Sense
    12:15 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    Wyoming is 103. You are telling me that UK, in the SEC, is worse than Wyoming who plays in the power house Mountain West. COME ON. UK would have a winning record in that conference alone. What an atrocious ranking.

  21. Biff Switters
    5:55 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    19. Even if Kentucky beat Florida we’d still have some work to do, so your ‘must admit’ comment is kind of BS.

    I also haven’t heard anyone say ‘they’re the greatest F’ers here’. All I’ve heard is excitement and that’s totally appropriate.

    Will we have to play maybe the best game since USC 10′ or LSU 07′? Absolutely…and likely even better cause it’s in the Swamp, but it can happen. I won’t say it will or it won’t…predictions are BS anyway, look at last basketball season. The predictions and hype actually hurt the team.