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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What Our 2017 Opponents Look Like Right Now (First 6 Games)

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Now that all 12 of Kentucky’s 2017 opponents have completed their seasons, we can start getting a better projection of just what the schedule is looking like for next season.  I looked at 5 major categories for each opponent, and today we only look at the first 6 opponents, which occur on 6 consecutive weeks before UK’s bye week:

-Bowl Game Results: how a team’s bowl result or lack thereof affect them
-Game Before UK: will a team be coming off a tough game
-Game After UK: will a team potentially overlook the Cats
-Returns Starting QB: the importance of having an experienced QB
-Returning starters: obviously important (does not project potential early departures to draft)

Sept. 2: at Southern Miss (7-6, 4-4 Conference USA)
Bowl Game: WON New Orleans Bowl over UL-Lafayette 28-21
Game Before UK: None
Game After UK: Southern (FCS)
Returns Starting QB: No
Returning Starters (Based off last game): 12 (6 offense, 6 defense)

Sept. 9: Eastern Kentucky (3-8, 2-6 Ohio Valley Conference)
*Did Not Make FCS Playoffs

Sept. 16: at South Carolina (6-7, 3-5 SEC)
Bowl Game: LOST Birmingham Bowl to South Florida 46-39
Game Before UK: at Missouri
Game After UK: Louisiana Tech
Returns Starting QB: Yes (Jake Bentley, 125-190, 1420 yards, 9 TD, 4 INT)
Returning Starters (Based off last game): 18 (11 offense, 7 defense)

Sept. 23: Florida (9-4, 6-2 SEC)
Bowl Game: WON Outback Bowl over Iowa 30-3
Game Before UK: Tennessee
Game After UK: Vanderbilt
Returns Starting QB: Sorta (Luke Del Rio injured mid-season)
Returning Starters (Based off last game): 18 (10 offense, 8 defense)

Sept. 30: Eastern Michigan (7-6, 4-4 MAC)
Bowl Game: LOST Bahamas Bowl to Old Dominion 24-20
Game Before UK: Conference Game Not Yet Announced
Game After UK: Conference Game Not Yet Announced
Returns Starting QB: Yes (Brogan Roback, 219-372, 2694 yards, 18 TD, 7 INT)
Returning Starters (Based off last game): 9 (4 offense, 5 defense)

Oct. 7: Missouri (4-8, 2-6 SEC)
Bowl Game: Did Not Play in Bowl Game
Game Before UK: BYE
Game After UK: at Georgia
Returns Starting QB: Yes (Drew Lock, 237-434, 3399 yards, 23 TD, 10 INT)
Returning Starters (Based off last game): 17 (10 offense, 7 defense)

Article written by Bryan the Intern

2 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What Our 2017 Opponents Look Like Right Now (First 6 Games)



  1. Look Out Fireworks
    9:00 am January 4, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t understand your info on Eastern Kentucky.
    They didn’t make a playoff, but does that mean they have no game before or after U.K. and have no returning players?

    Did EKU scrap the entire team and only schedule UK as a punishment for
    Not making the FCS playoffs?

    Or did you just not feel like taking the time to make your article complete?



  2. rickwhitetx
    9:21 am January 4, 2017 Permalink

    Smells like 5-1 or 6-0 to start next season.