By LARRY VAUGHT
Athlon Magazine has rated the Kentucky football schedule as only the 11th hardest in the Southeastern Conference. One would think that should bode well for the Cats to have a schedule that an unbiased college football analyst would not rank as one of the toughest in the powerful SEC.
Athlon calls the UK non-conference slate underwhelming. Louisville seldom is an underwhelming foe for UK. Middle Tennessee has been ranked higher in some preseason polls than UK and has a high octane offense led by former UK offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. Central Michigan features one of the nation’s best dual threat running backs.
Kentucky gets Georgia at home — but that’s a loss no matter where the game is. South Carolina is at home, and UK has shown it can beat South Carolina. But the Cats have to go to Florida — and they never beat the Gators — and Tennessee.
UK has not won in Knoxville since 1984. UK goes to Missouri, which has a projected first-round NFL draft pick at quarterback. And the Cats get to go to Texas A&M.
Maybe by some standards that’s an easy schedule, but by UK’s standards it is anything but easy.