Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
Head Football Coach Mark Stoops, brother of Oklahoma coach Bob enters his third season on the sideline at Kentucky. Stoops has a 7-17 record at the crazed basketball institute. Kentucky went 5-7 overall in 2014, 2-6 in the SEC. The Wildcats participate in the East Division of the toughest football conference in America. Sixteen starters return of both sides of the football this season. Wildcat Football enthusiasts are looking to be a force on the gridiron as well as the hardwood. 2015 could be the season they turn the corner. The Kentucky Wildcats plays home games at 62,000 seat Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky.
Five starters from 2014 return to the Kentucky offense. Junior quarterback Patrick Towles (2,718) passing yards last season will be under center again this season. Running Back Stanley Williams (488) rushing yards is also in the mix after leading the team in rushing last season. That is not all, leading receiver Ryan Timmons (536) yards is the top wideout on the team. Newly appointed offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson has made some changes in the offensive mechanics and everyone is excited. The Wildcats return four starters on the offensive line that has bulked up. The Wildcats could pull some upsets in the powerful Southeastern Conference in 2015 if the O-line holds up. The Kentucky Wildcats went 7-5 on CollegeFootball Point Spread Predictions last season, going over the betting odds total eight times and staying under the betting odds total four times.
*The Kentucky offense ranked 82nd nationally, averaging 384.3 yards per contest.
*UK went 5-2 Against The Number at home last season.
*The Wildcats were 2-3 ATS on the road.
*The betting odds total went 5-2 at Commonwealth Stadium.
*The University of Kentucky went over the betting odds total three times away from home in 2014.
*The Kentucky Wildcats stayed under the betting odds total twice on the road.
*The Wildcats passing attack was 64th in the FBS, putting up 231.2 yards per game through the air.
*Kentucky averaged 29.2 ppg, 63rd in College Football.
*The Wildcats running game put up 153.2 yards per contest on the ground, 81st nationally.
Nine starters return to the Kentucky defense in 2015. However, the unit lost a lot of production on the defensive line. Defensive ends Melvin Lewis and Farrington Huguenin must get pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season. The Wildcats defense has plenty returning at the linebackers position. The leader of the unit is 2014 leading tackler Josh Forrest. Stoops is taking over coaching the secondary, where he played at the collegiate level. Safety A.J. Stamps led the team in interceptions last season is back in the mix.
*The Kentucky defense gave up 407.3 yards per contest last season, the in the land.
*The Wildcats pass defense ranked 44th in the land, giving up 215.8 yards per game through the air.
*UK gave up 31.2 ppg, 95th in the NCAA Football landscape.
*The Kentucky rush defense gave up 191.6 yards per game on the ground, 91st in the FBS.
*Kentucky plays five of their first six at home this season.
*The Wildcats avoids Alabama, Ole Miss, and LSU the season. The Wildcats play’s Auburn and Mississippi State of the West Division.
Bovada lists the Kentucky Wildcats at over/under six wins in 2015.