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UK Football 2009 - Strength of Schedule

While this piece is solely conjecture by Mark Schlabach, UK's OOC schedule is fairly weak.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=schlabach_mark&id=4247827

While we do have the usual dates with UF, UT and Alabama (at Commonwealth), and UGA in Athens, the OCC schedule is...well, pathetic.  Especially with U of L mired in football obsolescence.

Last season...

Miami (OH) - 1-7 in the MAC (!), 2-10 overall; beat Charleston Southern and Bowling Green

Louisville - Well, you know. (1-6 BE, 5-7 overall; Who is the new QB?  Matt Simms?)

Louisiana-Monroe - 3-4 in Sun Belt, 4-8 overall

Eastern Kentucky - FCS team, tops in OVC last season

Now, let me make it clear that I didn't make this post to condemn UK football's scheduling choices.  We are not in the position yet as a national power to be validly criticized for scheduling softly outside the SEC.  However, you can call each and every one of these 4 dates "trap" games that could ruin, or at least substantially hinder, what many of us fans consider to be a promising season.  I'm not saying you should schedule OOC games with opponents who you expect to lose to; I guess I'm just saying that if you schedule OOC games against teams there is no excuse for you NOT to beat, you had better beat them. 

No matter what happens, I can't wait.

Notice - happily - how times have changed and I just assume we'll handle U of L.

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