Which football team is Kentucky’s best of all time?
CBS Sports picked the best football team of all time for each SEC team and they had to go pretty far back to find Kentucky’s.
When I think of Kentucky Football’s best teams, I think of 2007’s team led by Rich Brooks and Andre Woodson. Maybe the 1998 team led by Hal Mumme and Tim Couch that basically invented the “Air Raid” offense.
However, CBS went back even further. They chose the 1950 National Champion (arguable) team that was led by one of the greatest coaches of all time in Paul “Bear” Bryant.
Bryant is obviously known for his legendary career at Alabama, but before then, he started at Kentucky.
The Kentucky Wildcats went 11-1 overall and 5-1 in SEC play. Their lone loss was to Tennessee in the last game of the season, 7-0.
The Wildcats went on to play in the Sugar Bowl as SEC Champions and knocked off top-ranked Oklahoma 13-7.
After defeating Oklahoma, Kentucky claimed the national title. However, the Sooners are considered the national champions in 1950 because the final polls were released prior to bowl season.
Kentucky finally got validation for their championship 40 years later in 1990 from statistician Jeff Sagarin, who retroactively awarded his national title to the Wildcats under his ranking system. Sagarin compiles the Sagarin Computer Ratings for USA Today.
That Kentucky team produced 14 NFL and AFL draft picks, an Outland Trophy winner (Bob Gain), and two consensus All-Americans (Gain, Babe Parilli).
Surprisingly, Kentucky’s best team isn’t the oldest on this list as 1904 Vanderbilt and 1939 Texas A&M date back even further. You can see the full list of teams here.
Which team do you think is Kentucky Football’s best of all time?