Kentucky Wildcats football schedule predictions and early game-by-game preview for 2016. Projecting how the Cats will do this year.
Can Kentucky football finally get back to a bowl game? It’ll be in yet another tough second half stretch, but there might be just enough good moments to reach six wins – finally. What’s the prediction for the 2016 Wildcats?
Sept. 3 vs. Southern Miss
It’s not going to be the biggest game of the season’s phenomenal first week, but it’ll be among the most entertaining. Both offenses will deliver haymakers, the numbers will be astronomical, and in the end Kentucky will survive a thriller on a late touchdown pass.
Preseason Prediction: Kentucky 45, Southern Miss 42
Sept. 10 at Florida
Death, taxes, and Kentucky losing to Florida. The Gators aren’t going to get the offense humming, but the defense will control the game throughout – the final score will be closer than the game itself.
Preseason Prediction: Florida 27, Kentucky 17
Sept. 17 vs. New Mexico State
The Aggies will get their licks in and they’ll give Kentucky’s defense fits at times, but they won’t have a prayer of coming up with a defensive stop. The Wildcats won’t have to sweat it out too hard, but they’ll have to keep on pushing.
Preseason Prediction: Kentucky 52, New Mexico State 23
Sept. 24 vs. South Carolina
The Kentucky defensive front won’t be able to handle a Gamecock ground game that’ll come up with its best game of September, but the Wildcat O will pick up the slack. After getting things moving against New Mexico State, the momentum will carry over in a nice win for UK that’ll be a must considering what’s next.
Preseason Prediction: Kentucky 31, South Carolina 17
Oct. 1 at Alabama
It’ll be a sloppy effort on both sides in the first half, and then the Alabama defense will take over. Crimson Tide fans will be a wee bit worried in the first half, but can rest easy when Kentucky struggles to cross midfield in the second.
Preseason Prediction: Alabama 31, Kentucky 10
Oct. 8 vs. Vanderbilt
Is this a race for the bottom? Will the loser finish last in the SEC East? Yeah, but Kentucky will find its footing at home with just enough of an offensive balance to get by. The Wildcats will score just enough early on to get by.
Preseason Prediction: Kentucky 23, Vanderbilt 17
Oct. 22 vs. Mississippi State
The week off will do the Wildcats good. Mississippi State has a strange midseason non-conference game at BYU to deal with the week before, while Kentucky will be ready to come up with the pivotal home game to keep bowl hopes alive. It’ll be one of the defense’s better games of the season.
Preseason Prediction: Kentucky 26, Mississippi State 14
Oct. 29 at Missouri
Just when it seems like Kentucky is on a roll, then comes the thud when the Missouri defense rises up and rocks at home. The Middle Tennessee game the week before won’t be a breeze for the Tigers, but it won’t take a huge push to get it done – they’ll be ready for the Wildcats coming to town.
Preseason Prediction: Missouri 31, Kentucky 13
Nov. 5 vs. Georgia
Kentucky’s offense will be in the midst of a rough spot coming off the road game at Missouri. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Bulldog defense will be great at this point of the season.
Preseason Prediction: Georgia 34, Kentucky 16
Nov. 12 at Tennessee
The Kentucky offense will continue its struggles. The Vols will be coming off their late-season scrimmage against Tennessee Tech and should be in a nice groove. These are the dog days of the season, and the Wildcats will play like they desperately need a break. They won’t be in it from the first drive on, but then comes the tonic …
Preseason Prediction: Tennessee 45, Kentucky 17
Nov. 19 vs. Austin Peay
After two straight years of gagging away a bowl bid down the stretch, it’ll be a cathartic moment for the program to get that elusive sixth win. After an ugly three weeks, the explosion will feel like a coronation for the postseason on Senior Day.
Preseason Prediction: Kentucky 48, Austin Peay 14
Nov. 26 at Louisville
If everything goes according to plan, Louisville will be all but locked in for a major bowl – if not off to the ACC title game a week later. On the other side, Kentucky will be relaxed and ready to come up with something special – but it’ll still fall just short in a great rivalry thriller.
Preseason Prediction: Louisville 30, Kentucky 27
2016 Prediction: 6-6
2016 SEC Prediction: 2-6