That’s the question Pete Fiutak poses in his Kentucky preview. Sure, it’s a little tongue in cheek, but what he’s really getting at is the consistency the program has shown over the past few seasons under Stoops. And that can’t be denied. Last season, the ‘Cats won ten games and finished second in the SEC East.
They did that, despite finishing middle of the pack in the conference in net ypp and dead last in turnover margin. To me, that’s the sign of a coach who knows what he’s doing.
Fiutak projects them to fall back a little this year, to eight wins, based on some of their personnel losses and a tougher schedule. While I can’t deny the latter, I wonder a little about how serious those player losses are, particularly on the o-line, because here’s Bill Connelly’s latest version of returning production:
Somebody’s done some good work in the transfer portal, methinks. Between that and a likely case of regression to the mean on the turnover margin front, is eight wins selling this UK team a little short?
By the way, Stoops did some pretty good work on the recruiting front this year, finishing fifth in the SEC. There are ten four-star recruits in their ’22 class. Fiutak’s “this year’s team might go from good to something fantastic if some of those new guys rock and roll in fall camp” might be worth keeping in mind when Georgia travels to Lexington last in the season.