Good morning BBN!
We are officially one week away from the kickoff of the Kentucky Wildcats 2023-24 season as they welcome the Ball State Cardinals to Kroger Field.
With the season now here, media outlets across the country are starting to do deep dives into teams that could be overrated or underrated before week one. Once again, the Cats are getting some love as they are listed as an underrated team by Shehan Jeyarajah, Will Backus, and David Cobb of CBS.
“UK is a perennial dark horse in the soon-to-be-defunct SEC East, but this might actually be the year to buy the hype. The Wildcats get three of their five most difficult games at home, though that October road trip to Georgia is a beast. Kentucky is a strong candidate to reach at least 10 regular-season wins — something it has not done since 1977 — while confidently pushing back into the top half of the SEC,” Backus wrote.
Mark Stoops has continued to climb the ladder of the SEC over the last five seasons. Although each season many in the national media aren’t sure what to make of the Cats heading into the season, it appears that this time around, it is exactly the opposite.
Brad White’s defense has been one of the best in the country over the last few seasons and continually has gotten respect from many around the country. Now add in the return of Liam Coen and the addition of Devin Leary at QB, and expectations seem to be at an all-time high for UK.
Speaking of Leary, heading into the new season, the senior passer is Kentucky’s only Heisman candidate at DraftKings Sportsbook, which currently has him at +8000 to become the program’s first winner of the trophy. That’s tied for the 32nd-best odds.
Will the Cats live up to all of this hype?
We won't have to wait too much longer to see if they will.
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The Cats continue to climb the ladder.
Under Barnhart’s leadership, UK Athletics is one of only 10 NCAA Division I institutions that have ranked in the nation’s top 20 overall athletics programs in the Learfield Directors’ Cup for six consecutive years.
Ahead of the football season, UK Athletics is providing additional information regarding the new alcohol sales.
A huge pickup for the Cats in the 2024 class.
How will the Cats fare this year?
I think it’s safe to say that Lance’s time in San Francisco did not go as planned.
Luckily it seems like Bronny will be returning to the court soon for the USC Trojans.
The SEC will likely follow sooner rather than later. Makes too much sense.
Morikawa has broken the 36-hole record for East Lake previously set by Tiger Woods.
Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.