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All 49 of Kentucky’s victories under Mark Stoops

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Number 50 is coming soon.

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Good afternoon, BBN! Kentucky is 49-50 under Mark Stoops, and before they go after big number 50 against UL Monroe September 5th, let’s look back at who they’ve beaten since he arrived in 2013. It’s a long list, and that’s a good thing! Wins over AP Top 25 opponents are in bold.

  • Miami (OH)
  • Alabama State
  • Tennessee State
  • Ohio
  • Vanderbilt
  • South Carolina
  • UL Monroe
  • Louisiana
  • South Carolina
  • #25 Missouri
  • Eastern Kentucky
  • Charlotte
  • New Mexico State
  • South Carolina
  • Vanderbilt
  • Mississippi State
  • Missouri
  • Austin Peay
  • #11 Louisville
  • Southern Miss
  • Eastern Kentucky
  • South Carolina
  • Eastern Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee
  • Vanderbilt
  • Central Michigan
  • #25 Florida
  • Murray State
  • #14 Mississippi State
  • South Carolina
  • Vanderbilt
  • Missouri
  • Middle Tennessee State
  • Louisville
  • #12 Penn State
  • Toledo
  • Eastern Michigan
  • Arkansas
  • Missouri
  • Vanderbilt
  • UT Martin
  • Louisville
  • Virginia Tech
  • Mississippi State
  • #18 Tennessee
  • Vanderbilt
  • South Carolina
  • #23 NC State

That’s 24 SEC victories and 7 wins over AP ranked opponents. Let’s now look at what teams the team has beaten the most:

  • Vanderbilt (6)
  • South Carolina (6)
  • Missouri (5)
  • Mississippi State (3)
  • Tennessee (2)
  • Eastern Michigan (2)
  • Eastern Kentucky (2)


The six over Vandy and South Carolina are quite impressive, meaning that the team has gone 6/8 against them even when you factor in the early rebuilding years. Now let’s look at which teams he’s beaten on the road:

  • South Carolina (2)
  • Missouri (2)
  • Louisville (2)
  • Vanderbilt (2)
  • Tennessee
  • Florida
  • Southern Miss

That’s 11 road wins total. Columbia (SC) and Columbia (MO) have provided a third of those victories, and they’ve also won twice in Nashville and twice at Cardinal Stadium. The Southern Miss win was a rare Group of 5 road trip they got in 2017, and the wins at Neyland and The Swamp are trophies in the trophy case!

Obviously, they also have three wins on neutral fields: the three bowl victories against Penn State, Virginia Tech, and NC State.

This season offers a lot of opportunities to add to this list. Notable things that could happen are:

  • 1st Stoops era win in Starkville
  • 1st Stoops era win over LSU
  • Back-to-back wins over Tennessee
  • First home win over Florida since the 80s
  • Somewhere between 55 and 60 total Stoops Era wins, with perhaps a 30th SEC win

A lot to look forward to for sure! Go ‘Cats!