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USA TODAY Releases SEC Preseason Power Rankings

As we move within three weeks from kickoff at Kroger Field and across the country, the preseason rankings are beginning to flood in. Over at USA TODAY Sports, they’re going beyond the typical Top 25; chopping up the rankings by conference. So naturally, they saved the best for last.

The Southeastern Conference is expected to have as many as 11 teams competing for bowl eligibility this upcoming season. The NCAA’s Top 25 overall preseason rankings include seven schools from the SEC – four of them in the Top 10. Ranking a conference that is *this* deep is a massive (and most likely controversial) task.

Kentucky Football came in at No. 10, smacked between Tennessee (9) and South Carolina (11). With a predicting record of 7-5, Paul Meyerberg says to bet against the Wildcats at your own risk, however, the losses of Benny Snell and Josh Allen can’t be ignored.

“Pick against Mark Stoops’ program at your own peril, but losing all-time program stars like running back Benny Snell and linebacker Josh Allen makes it hard to picture a repeat of last year’s historic season that saw the Wildcats win 10 games for the first time since 1977.”

This seems to be a common trend amongst the media this summer. 6-7 wins appears to be the consensus for this team, although 8-9 wins are fully within the realm of possibility.

Alabama was the obvious choice for the No. 1 spot with Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, and Florida rounding out the Top 5. Can you take a guess as to which team was picked last? Since they’re always listed last alphabetically, they’re probably used to being 14th.

Next to each ranking, in parenthesis, the article also posted that team’s overall ranking across all Divison I teams and Kentucky was listed at No. 53.


Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan

5 Comments for USA TODAY Releases SEC Preseason Power Rankings

  1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    7:59 pm August 14, 2019 Permalink

    Mark has now proved himself as a coach who can take ok talent with a couple of underrated superstars and turn it into a world ending defense.

    Eddie Gran has proved himself as a RB guru in half the conferences that matter and was instrumental in putting up some of the most points on a Louisville defense that you couldn’t score on in his first year at Cincy. He came here and changed us from a team that couldn’t even move the ball to a team that could score even though the offense had to be redesigned ever year to hide the weaknesses of the qb.

    If Terry cleans up the mental errors, can hit his check downs, and the targets actually catch it our offense will explode next year. And I don’t doubt our HC and defensive staff’s ability to design a d that will use the front to take the pressure off the young secondary.

    • BlooBloodRon
      9:03 pm August 14, 2019 Permalink

      I too have a quiet confidence that the offense is going to score at a higher clip this year. I’m ready to fire it up!!!

  2. Tom Bombadil
    8:50 pm August 14, 2019 Permalink

    GO CATS!

  3. mashburnfan1
    10:44 pm August 14, 2019 Permalink

    These same so called experts picked against all year last season and we had Benny and Josh. We would win and the next week they would have us losing and so on and so on. They have no clue what we have seen get built here, no idea of our depth and talent. After this year they will pay attention and do their homework.

  4. bbn606
    8:42 am August 15, 2019 Permalink

    I think we will be in several high scoring games this year. Our offense will explode but the defense has a way to go.