Athlon traditionally tries to beat its competition to the punch by getting its sports preview editions done really early. Thus, it was no surprise to see that CNNSI.com/Athlon released their 119 Division 1-A college previews this week.
All in all, the magazine's
assessment of the Wildcats' upcoming season was somewhere between mean and fair, and ended up surprisingly upbeat for a team coming off 9 wins in three seasons.
The key is clearly going to be staying healthy. The biggest difference between Kentucky and the bulk of the SEC middle is not elite players: the Cats have a few of those. It's depth.