By LARRY VAUGHT
ESPN’s Chris Low can break down college football as well as anyone. Here’s the end of his preseason look at Kentucky on ESPN.com.
Final analysis: On the surface, the 2014 schedule doesn’t look quite as menacing as a year ago when the Wildcats faced five teams that finished the season ranked in the Top 25, including four teams that finished in the top 15 nationally. A home game with Alabama is replaced by an away game with LSU, so that’s essentially a wash. But the Wildcats get Mississippi State in Lexington, which should make that game a little more manageable. There won’t be anything easy about the second half of the schedule. The Wildcats play five straight weeks against SEC opponents without a break, starting with the road trip to LSU on Oct. 18 and ending with a trip to Tennessee on Nov. 15. The first order of business is simply winning an SEC game. Kentucky hasn’t beaten an SEC team since the end of the 2011 season. But Stoops has recruited well, and this is a team that should be improved. Making a run at a bowl game isn’t out of the realm of possibility. But if the Wildcats are going to do that, they have to be at least 4-2 heading into the second half of the season.