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Athlon Sports predicts Kentucky’s 2020 record

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How many wins do you think the Wildcats will get this season?

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It is looking more and more like college football might just happen. With plans in place for teams to return to campus and start training, the media is hard at work trying to predict what will happen whenever college football teams actually take the field.

Athlon Sports predicted the outcomes of every team in the country. Their writers believe the Kentucky Wildcats will finish 4th in the SEC East in the 2020 season, coming in behind Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. As for record, Athlon lists Kentucky as finishing 7-5. This is what they had to say about Mark Stoops’ crew:

After winning 26 games through the first five seasons under Mark Stoops, Kentucky has posted 18 over the last two years. Just finishing 8-5 in 2019 was an accomplishment for Stoops and his staff. Starting quarterback Terry Wilson was lost for the season due to injury in early September, which later prompted the team to move receiver Lynn Bowden to the position in October.

Bowden left for the NFL after finishing with 1,871 total yards in 2019, but Wilson is expected to return to the starting lineup. He’s joined by one of the SEC’s top offensive lines and a backfield that brings back three running backs that accumulated at least 500 rushing yards in 2019. Kentucky’s defense finished fourth in the SEC in fewest points allowed per game (19.3) and allowed 5.3 yards a snap. The line will miss Calvin Taylor and T.J. Carter, and the departure of linebacker Kash Daniel is significant. Despite those personnel departures, this unit should be solid once again in 2020. The Wildcats will be tested right away with a trip to Florida on tap in Week 2.

While it is certainly a compliment that Kentucky is expected to have a winning record, I believe many Kentucky fans think they can find eight or nine wins on the schedule. What do you think Kentucky’s record will be?

Check out everything Athlon has to say about the SEC here.