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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Football Disrespect Edition

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Many major publications are showing no respect at all for Kentucky football, even after a great 2018 season. Can the retooled Wildcats make the pundits look bad again?

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

The frustration of the day, or more likely the week, is the fact that many sports publications, including Phil Steele’s magazine, predict a huge drop for Kentucky after losing a number of key players from last year’s team.

Jason writes that USA Today thinks Toledo is better than the Wildcats this season. Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader laments that the aforementioned Phil Steele magazine, self-described as the “most accurate” over the last 21 years, predicts that UK will be absent from the post-season this year. Of course, Steele et. al. had an interesting prediction last season for Kentucky:

Some good news for UK fans: Steele didn’t have the Cats projected to go to a bowl game last season either, and Kentucky ended up with its best showing in decades. In 2018, he projected UK to finish fifth in the SEC East and said the Cats would need to pull a few upsets to make it to the postseason, which they did. Kentucky also finished tied for second in the East.

How’d that prediction work out again, Phil? Refresh my memory, I seem to be having a “senior moment.”

Okay, well, enough of that. Suffice it to say that one excellent season with a fairly favorable schedule does not make believers of CFB insiders who have spent their lifetimes looking down on Kentucky, and being rewarded for doing so as the Wildcats obligingly took their place as the co-doormat of the East. I can’t really blame them for their skepticism, and I’m quite certain there is no small number of UK fans who mostly agree with them, if not in the specific, certainly in general.

Count me among the dissenters. I expect UK to have a good season this year, winning as many as eight regular-season games. To be fair, I am a well-known UK apologist and irrational optimist when it comes to football. It’s not exactly a growth industry, but I think times have changed. We shall see.

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At some point it may be wort considering the possibility that the two are like oil and water.

To Matt’s credit, his sense of humor is still intact:

  • Truth, forsooth: