2020 Kentucky Football Season Preview

In the crazy world that we all live in during this nightmare of a year, Kentucky football has a unique season starting next Saturday. The players seem to be ready for this All-SEC 10 game season and as a fan I sure am pumped to get this going. I wanted to preview this season like I try to do every year and give my win/loss predictions.

Auburn

Noon on SEC Network
Saturday September 26th
at Jordan-Hare Stadium

The season kicks off in a big way! The game should kick off as a Top 25 matchup as the Wildcats are currently ranked 23rd and the Tigers are ranked 8th. Coming into the game Kentucky has Terry Wilson coming back and they are returning almost every starter in the trenches. The defense as a whole is returning the majority of the players that had significant playing time last year. The running backs are proven to be able to run the rock and the wide outs are itching to catch some passes after last season saw them rarely getting targeted. Auburn’s biggest question mark is the offensive line. They lost every primary starter from last year. Bo Nix will be starting his sophomore campaign with plenty of talent at the playmaker positions. Their defense will be solid but I don’t see them holding our offense to under 100 yards rushing or receiving.

I believe this game will a close game but one that will see Kentucky showing just how good they have become. The battle in the trenches will be huge and I expect our front seven to get plenty of pressure on Nix and stop the run enough to pull out a win on the road.

Prediction – Win

Ole Miss

4 PM on SEC Network
Saturday October 3rd
at Kroger Field

The home opener for the Wildcats will be against Lane Kiffin’s Ole Miss Rebels. Even though the Rebels finished last season with only 4 wins, they had a top ten rushing team nationally. Their defense was poor to say the least when it came to stopping the pass. They finished 120th against the pass and that’s what Kentucky will need to do to put distance between them and Ole Miss.

I expect Terry to have a good game throwing the ball and the time of possession will be a key factor in this game. We will need Kentucky’s defense to put together a few 3 and outs during this game and the offense to find the sticks consistently. All in all, Kentucky should win this one to go 2-0.

Prediction – Win

Mississippi State

Time/Channel TBA
Saturday October 10th
at Kroger Field

The annual game against Mississippi State is historically competitive. The only game in the last six years that has been decided by one score was the 2016 game in which Austin MacGinnis was able to hit a 51 yard field goal to beat the Bulldogs. I don’t expect this game to be any different. Kentucky will have to start the game in a better fashion than last year when they came out flat with turnovers and an offense than hadn’t yet shifted its focus to Bowden. I expect Terry will be ready to take the fight to Miss. St. and it’ll come down to the very end. I like my team! Wildcats go 3-0 to start the season.

Prediction – Win

Tennessee

Time/Channel TBA
Saturday October 17th
at Neyland Stadium

Kentucky is catching some of their bigger opponents coming off big games. Tennessee will host Kentucky right after getting beat up between the hedges. When you look at the talent the two teams will bring to this game Kentucky has the advantage. When you look at this match up historically, it’s all Rocky Top. This is one of Kentucky’s best teams ever and you’ll see that on the field. I don’t think this one will be close.

Prediction – Win

Georgia

Time/Channel TBA
Saturday October 24th
at Kroger Field

This game could ultimately decide the SEC East. The talent level for the two teams has become a lot closer and these games have been more competitive. Georgia will come into this game with a lot of confidence and it could end up biting them in the butt. Kentucky’s secondary will need to be ready because they’re going to be called on big time to not only shut down the wideouts but also be a big part of stopping the run. In the end I think Kentucky will need some help to get to the title game.

Prediction – Loss

Missouri

Time/Channel TBA
Saturday October 31st
at Faurot Field

Halloween is going to be scary for the Tigers. There’s no need to go much further.

Prediction – Win

Vanderbilt

Time/Channel TBA
Saturday November 14th
at Kroger Field

😂

Prediction – Win

Alabama

Time/Channel TBA
Saturday November 21st
at Bryant-Denny Stadium

This could effectively be the SEC Championship. If Kentucky can pull it off, this year will be one of the most successful seasons in Wildcats history. A Tide loss would also cause them to fall behind in the West race. The big question mark for Bama is the QB position. Mac Jones is slated to be the starter but there’s a lot of uncertainty there. Saban will undoubtably have Jones in the best system to breed success. I think that we will all see a heavier run game for the Crimson Tide and it’ll always be an uphill battle when it comes to the talent level disparity. Our guys will be hungry but I’m not sure if it’ll be enough. If this game was week one, I’d pick the upset but Saban has plenty of time to figure out how to play with Jones under center or he could find the next guy up that will jump ahead of Jones on the depth chart.

Prediction – Loss

Florida

Time/Channel TBA
Saturday November 28th
at The Swamp

I hope this game is for the SEC East. Terry Wilson knows how to win in Gainesville. Kyle Trask will be seeing a lot of pressure in this game and I think Kentucky can be really successful getting home on the pass rush. This one will be fun.

Prediction – Win

South Carolina

Time/Channel TBA
Saturday December 5th
at Kroger Field

The Wildcats will finish the season in front of their home crowd. South Carolina doesn’t scare me much on this schedule but their opportunity to play spoiler will be something to fear. If it comes down to taking care of business against South Carolina in order to go to the title game, there will be a lot of nervous Kentucky fans out there. All in all Kentucky SHOULD win.

Prediction – Win

Overall: 8-2

I like my team

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