Is this the year Kentucky football becomes a major player? According to 247 Sports, that answer is a resounding yes.
Let’s start with the current recruiting class under coach Mark Stoops. It’s widely regarded as one of the best in the SEC. That’s saying something when you consider the Wildcats are generally an East Division doormat.
“I really do believe Kentucky’s going to be one of the top-10 places to be because we’re in the best conference in the country,” recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow said on WLAP Radio. “If you’re an in-state kid or a kid that’s in a 6-hour radius, you’d be crazy (not to come here), that’s all I’m gonna say. All you gotta do is look at the product and look at what’s happening. Don’t look at that fake stuff and people telling you pipe dreams, and then you get to that place and it’s, ‘Man, they just sold me a bad car.’ … Our product now speaks for itself.”
But new recruits aren’t the only reason to feel good about this program, of course. The existing talent among the returnees offer the greatest reason for hope. Per 247 Sports, that very well could result in a 10-win season.
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“247 predicts that the Wildcats’ first loss does come in Athens between the hedges at Georgia on October 16, which would give Kentucky a 6-0 start to the season with wins over Missouri, Florida, and LSU. All home games,” SB Nation relayed.
Do that, and a road loss to Georgia isn’t such a major setback.
The fun begins Sept. 4, when the Wildcats open the season vs. Louisiana-Monroe at home. You can check out the full 2021 schedule here.
Stoops has been at Kentucky since 2013. It is his lone head coaching job. The Wildcats are 49-50 overall during his reign, including 3-2 in bowl games.