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ESPN snubs Kentucky from list of best one-loss teams in the nation

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Sitting pretty at 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the SEC, Kentucky is listed as AP’s No. 14 team in college football. If the Cats can execute over the next two weeks, there’s a solid chance they’ll be competing for a spot in the SEC title game in their matchup with Georgia on November 3.

But ESPN isn’t buying the hype.

The Worldwide Leader in Sports released a list of the best one-loss teams in the nation, and the Wildcats didn’t make the cut,

The list? Michigan (No. 6), Georgia (No. 8), Oklahoma (No. 9), Florida (No. 11), LSU (No. 5), Texas (No. 7), Iowa (No. 19), and Oregon (No. 12).

Schools like LSU, Michigan, Texas, and Georgia are elite and I don’t take too much offense to them being listed ahead of the Cats.

As for Florida, Oregon, and especially Oregon? Get out of here.

Here is ESPN’s reasoning for each of the questionable rankings:

Florida (No. 4 on their list):

Florida needs 5-1 Kentucky, which beat the Gators in Week 2, to lose again in order for it to win the SEC East — and Kentucky still has to play Georgia (Nov. 3). For Florida, which has won five straight, it all boils down to its game against Georgia. FPI gives the Gators a 30.2 percent chance to beat the Bulldogs; it’s the only remaining game on Florida’s schedule that it is not favored to win. Any team that has a chance to win the SEC has a shot at the top four.

Iowa (No. 7 on the list):

When Wisconsin lost to Michigan last week, it opened the door for Iowa to win the West division. (Iowa’s only loss this season is to Wisconsin.) Iowa still needs the Badgers to lose again, and it’s possible they will, with three difficult road trips — to Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue — still remaining. Iowa also has to survive back-to-back road games against Penn State (Oct. 27) and Purdue (Nov. 3). It’s a tall task, but if the Hawkeyes can win out and upset the East division winner in the Big Ten title game, there could be a big surprise in the final top four.

Oregon (No. 8):

Oregon would need to win out and hope other Power 5 conferences produce two-loss champions, a similar situation that helped Washington into the semifinals in 2016 in spite of a lousy nonconference lineup. Oregon doesn’t have any nonconference wins against Power 5 opponents (Bowling Green, Portland State and San Jose State were slated), and that portion of its schedule ranks last in FBS. Should Oregon get into a résumé battle with another one-loss Power 5 champion, the nonconference strength of schedule could be the difference.

So Kentucky taking down two ranked teams in Florida and Mississippi State doesn’t mean anything? Or the fact that they have one of the best defenses in college football, arguably the top pass-rusher in the SEC, and a Heisman candidate? And losing to a ranked Texas A&M team at Kyle Field in overtime is just too bad of a loss?

Florida’s one loss is to Kentucky, and that’s all I need to know. Check.

Iowa’s one loss was to Wisconsin, their only ranked opponent on the schedule up to this point. All of their other games have been against scrubs. Kentucky is better by a country mile.

As for Oregon, their victories have come against juggernauts such as Bowling Green, Portland State, San Jose State, California, and an underwhelming Stanford team in overtime. Their one ranked victory came against No. 15 Washington in overtime last week, making them the media darling of the week. I don’t buy it in the slightest.

In fact, I’d argue Kentucky deserves to be side-by-side with the elite crop at the top of the list rather than at the bottom, let alone being snubbed entirely. The schedule and overall success speaks for itself.

Haters gonna hate, and the Cats are just going to have to prove the national media wrong yet again.

If you want to see the whole list with their (horrible) justification for each, take a look here.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

17 Comments for ESPN snubs Kentucky from list of best one-loss teams in the nation

  1. RondoTheDonThough
    10:19 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

    Amy McGrath grabbed my butt when I was in the Marines and told me I needed to do more squats and lunges because I have a “flat-arse.” Totally disrespected me. Vote GOP.

  2. bailey000
    10:27 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

    Michigan?? Why are u ok with that? ?

    • jimmer
      2:49 am October 20, 2018 Permalink

      Totally agree. Michigan overhyped as usual. Don’t buy it. Harbaugh has proved nothing big.

  3. cats646
    10:37 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

    YESS. Read this Benny.

  4. BigolBlue
    10:53 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

    If UK had any passing game they would be 6-0 easy. Terry is scary.

    • N-UR-i
      11:15 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

      This. If we only had a QB or could develop one we would be scary good.

    • Cmart0907
      11:37 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

      ^^ BINGO “development” is they key word.

    • hohum
      1:04 am October 20, 2018 Permalink

      I agree – too one dimensional. No confidence in Eddie Gran. Offense when successfull due to Snell, offensive line and occasional good athletic runs by Terry Wilson. I have never been impressed with Gran and his play calling

  5. largebluej
    1:12 am October 20, 2018 Permalink

    The topic addressed by the article wasn’t “who are the best one loss teams”. It was “ which one loss teams have the best chance of making the best playoff”. Iowa and Oregon don’t have to beat Alabama to get there. The only gripe we should have with that list is Florida. And the way things have shaken out their remaining conference schedule is probably a little easier than ours.

    • largebluej
      8:37 am October 20, 2018 Permalink

      s/b “making the playoff”.

  6. Blue Bill
    6:07 am October 20, 2018 Permalink

    I can’t help but wonder what we would look like wlth a healthy Drew Barker if he hadn’t left?

    • 4everUKblue
      6:55 am October 20, 2018 Permalink

      What the hell are you talking about? One thing’s for sure, we’d have a QB that couldn’t avoid the sack.

  7. dharper89
    7:09 am October 20, 2018 Permalink

    I stopped reading this ESPN post when it said Florida has a chance BUT needs Kentucky to LOSE and both toughest remaining game is against Georgia?

  8. natedaddy
    9:48 am October 20, 2018 Permalink

    Not a snub if it’s true. Our offense is one dimensional and our coaching staff still proves that they can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Kentucky will always have to prove everybody wrong. Even its own fans.

  9. CombatMedic_98
    12:13 pm October 20, 2018 Permalink

    Beat Georgia and it’s a new era for UK Football…watch and see!

  10. jarred_combs
    1:45 pm October 20, 2018 Permalink

    I’m sorry, but you can not convince me that we belong anywhere after that A&M game. Until we can prove that we aren’t going to give games away to lesser teams, and we have an offensive coordinator that calls plays to our strength we aren’t going to do anything “great”. We’ll end up an 8-9 win team that had the talent to win 11-12.

  11. UKfanman01
    6:30 pm October 20, 2018 Permalink

    Totally agree with the article. How is Florida ahead of a team that smashed them… AT HOME?!?! Michigan? They beat Wisconsin, which lost to a mid major. Good job.