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UK finishes No. 109 (of 125) in season-ending USA Today football poll


USA Today has ranked each and every FBS team throughout the season, and the final poll before bowl season was released Monday. Kentucky ranks in at No. 109, last in the SEC by quite a stretch but not worst among all BCS-conference teams.

The two power-conference teams ranked below Kentucky were No. 113 Cal and No. 115 Purdue. Both of those teams had one win to Kentucky’s two.

As if you didn’t already know Kentucky’s schedule was pretty tough, the average rank of the 10 opponents to beat the Wildcats was 37.6. Three of those opponents finished in the top 10, and six were in the top 35. Florida’s rank of No. 83 and Tennessee’s rank of No. 84 brought that average considerably down. Kentucky’s one win over an FBS school was a 41-7 victory over Miami (Ohio), the 0-12 team that finished second-to-last in the poll.

Looking at Kentucky’s 11 FBS opponents from Mark Stoops’ first season looks like this:

3. Alabama (home loss, 48-7)
8. South Carolina (road loss, 35-28)
9. Missouri (home loss, 48-17)
21. Louisville (home loss, 27-13)
23. Georgia (road loss, 59-17)
35. Vanderbilt (road loss, 22-6)
54. Mississippi State (road loss, 28-22)
56. Western Kentucky (neutral loss, 35-26)
83. Florida (home loss, 24-7)
84. Tennessee (home loss, 27-14)
124. Miami (Ohio) (home win, 41-7)

Extracting the 14 SEC teams from the poll looks like this:

2. Auburn
3. Alabama
8. South Carolina
9. Missouri
14. LSU
22. Texas A&M
23. Georgia
35. Vanderbilt
50. Ole Miss
54. Mississippi State
83. Florida
84. Tennessee
93. Arkansas
109. Kentucky

The rankings mean little in the way of forecasting the 2014 season, but let’s look at Kentucky’s 11 FBS opponents for next season anyway. Note the quality of Kentucky’s non-conference opponents.

8. South Carolina
9. at Missouri
14. at LSU
21. at Louisville
23. Georgia
35. Vanderbilt
54. Mississippi State
74. Louisiana-Monroe
75. Ohio
83. at Florida
84. at Tennessee

Making your own fun with the poll is encouraged.


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