With Spring Practice in full swing, I make my annual SEC predictions for the upcoming 2016 football season.
The Kentucky football team showed a lot of promise under the leadership of new coach Mark Stoops in 2013. But ever since then, the Kentucky Wildcats have come out strong but finished with a dud. Will the Wildcats make a breakthrough in 2016, or will it be more of the same for the Kentucky football program? I’m going with more of the same.
|Opponent||Home or Away||Predicted Outcome||Wins||Losses||SEC Wins||SEC Losses|
|Southern Miss Golden Eagles||Home||Loss||1|
|New Mexico State Aggies||Home||Win||1|
|South Carolina Gamecocks||Home||Win||2||1|
|Alabama Crimson Tide||Away||Loss||3||2|
|Mississippi State Bulldogs||Home||Loss||4||3|
|Austin Peay Governors||Home||Win||4|
|Overall 4-8, SEC 2-6|
This might be the year we see Mark Stoops get let go as the head coach of the Kentucky football team. They’ll be favored to beat Southern Miss, but that team has a chance to be pretty good in 2016, so I think they pull off the upset and start the downhill train pretty early.
They’ll rebound slightly after their loss to Florida, but the Kentuckly football team won’t have many opportunities for wins after the Vanderbilt game. I came close to giving that one to the Commodores, but hesitated because the game is being played in Kentucky.
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Maybe they can steal a victory against Missouri later in the year. Some will pick the Wildcats to beat Mississippi State, but I just don’t see it happening.
At some point, the Kentucky football fans will have to start caring about their football team like they do their basketball team if they want to get to relevancy in the sport. It’s not to say that there won’t be any opportunities to win games and get to a bowl, I just don’t like the Wildcats chances to do so.