On Tuesday, the preseason coaches’ poll was released, and the Kentucky Wildcats found themselves outside the top 25.
The Cats did receive 20 votes in the poll, which is enough to put them at No. 37 nationally heading into the 2021 season.
However, Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus disagrees with the poll, as he thinks the Cats deserve more respect.
Renner released his list of the most underrated teams in college football, and the Cats headlined a list that also included the NC State Wolfpack, Wisconsin Badgers, TCU Horned Frogs, and Washington Huskies.
@PFF_Mike’s most underrated teams in College Football pic.twitter.com/LwcqzbBtBZ— PFF College (@PFF_College) August 10, 2021
The Cats are coming off a 5-6 season in 2020 that saw them reach their fifth-straight bowl appearance and claim their third-straight bowl win.
Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will have an excellent chance of getting off to a hot start in 2021, as they have five of their first six games at home.
Kentucky’s defense will be missing stalwart linebacker Jamin Davis, but it’ still very deep with impact defenders like Josh Paschal, Marquan McCall, Yusuf Corker, Jordan Wright, Tyrell Ajian, DeAndre Square, Davonte Robinson, Quandre Mosely, and hopefully a healthy JJ Weaver.
As for the offense, the Wildcats are heading into year one with new offensive coordinator Liam Coen. The former Los Angeles Rams assistant is getting a lot of talent back on offense, as well as several blue-chip receiver recruits, but the big question is who will be the new starting quarterback?
Despite offense being a big question mark right now, the Cats are still poised for a big season which is why PFF believes they are among the most underrated teams in college football.