LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Sources said some observers were annoyed when I ranked the fourth most important Kentucky game on the University of Louisville football schedule.
Now it’s time to rank 12 games the Wildcats are currently scheduled to play.
If the Louisville match against lead, I will rank first for the Wildcats. No, no. Unless the Southeast Conference changes the schedule posted due to the new coronavirus pandemic, Wildcats will close their season at Cardinal Stadium.
U of L is not the most important game in the UK. But this is also not the fourth. Tempting end.
This is my ranking:
1. In Florida, September 12 – The Gators are the top-10 picks that are trendy in pre-season magazines. PickSixPreview places Gators in the national playoffs, ranked third behind only Clemson and Ohio State.
I have seen some estimates that Dan Mullen has placed Florida to overthrow Georgia above the SEC Eastern Division. England have punched the Florida heavyweights for three consecutive seasons, even though coach Mark Stoops’ program only completed one job. If the Wildcats want to make a statement, this is their chance.
2. In Tennessee, November 7 – Volunteered vaults over the Wildcats in the SEC East standings last season for the first time since 2016. Jeremy Pruitt has turned into a recruiting machine, and Vol speaks in the Top 25 or better. If Kentucky is serious about moving in the East, Wildcats need to defeat Tennessee more than once or twice per decade.
3. In Louisville, 28 November – Some people think the Wildcats are ahead in this series over the past two years, almost doubling the Cardinals in the yardage in 2019. For England, this is more than just a competition match. This is the only substance game that is not related to the schedule.
4. South Carolina, September 26 – Coach Will Muschamp ranks seventh on Dennis Dodd’s hot seat list CBSSports.com. Pre-season magazine Lindy put it on the same list. Muschamp is 26-25 for four seasons in Columbia, South Carolina. The power of the star has faded. Gamecocks fans suffer watching Americans drool over Dabo Swinney and Clemson. After winning four straight over South Carolina, England gave one to Gamecocks last season. Can’t do that anymore
5. In Missouri, October 24 – Eli Drinkwitz has replaced Barry Odom at Mizzou because (in part) Odom cannot make the Tigers superior to Kentucky as Gary Pinkel did. Drinkwitz has to replace 11 starters, including the quarterback. Consider it the SEC’s most won road game in Kentucky.
6. State of Mississippi, November 14 – Mike Leach’s name was tossed around before British Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart hired Joker Phillips and Mark Stoops. State was eager to hiss after two gloomy seasons from Joe Moorhead. State was the sixth best job at SEC West, which gave Leach the necessary chips on his shoulder. In Lexington, Kentucky, the Wildcats had to win this one against the coach who started rebuilding.
7. Georgia, November 21 – Georgia continues to wait for Kirby Smart to win the national title, something she cannot do after recruiting Jacob Eason, Jake Fromm or Justin Fields to play quarterback. The Bulldogs will depend on Jamie Newman’s Wake Forest transfer at QB, but their booming talent across the offensive and defensive lines makes this a huge task for Kentucky.
8. In Auburn, October 3 – I’ve seen Auburn ranked No. 9 (Street & Smith’s); No. 11 (Lindy); No. 13 (Athlon); No. 22 (Phil Steele) and No. 26 (Select Six Preview). So, this will be a quality victory. I just question that Kentucky can take it.
9. Vanderbilt, October 17 – If you lose to Vanderbilt, the rest of the season doesn’t matter.
10. East Michigan, September 3 – Phil Steele reports that EMU has won more Big Ten road matches in the last three seasons than Rutgers or Maryland. But Rutgers and Maryland are terrible.
11. Kent State, September 19 – Maybe the Wildcats will catch a Golden Glint that awaits Alabama, against Kent State the following week.
12. Eastern Illinois, October 10 – The Panthers lost to Eastern Kentucky and Murray State last season. Only serious question.
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