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No. 96: Kentucky

Congratulations are in order for Kentucky. For the whole basketball thing, of course, but don’t forget this: Kentucky is no longer the 11th-best program in the SEC – or 12th, if we believe Vanderbilt can continue building upon James Franklin’s debut. Yes, congratulations: you did it, Kentucky. Today, after Mike Slive and the league’s decision-makers added Missouri and Texas A&M, the Wildcats are the 13th-best program in the 14-team SEC – or 14th, dead last, under the same conditions as above. Hey, you win some and you lose some; in fact, the Wildcats have long been happy with simply winning one more game than they lose, unlike the overwhelming majority of the SEC. Today, with the SEC deeper than ever, the wins will be even harder to come by for Joker Phillips and the Wildcats. So… John Calipari’s got a heck of a recruiting class coming in next year, huh?

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    No. 72: Kentucky

    You’d say Kentucky’s mired in a rut, then you’d look at the team’s win total over the six years prior to these heady days of bowl berth after bowl berth: two, two, seven, four, two and three. So this five-year bowl run is nothing short of miraculous, whether or not Kentucky gets to six wins by going 4-0 during its shockingly weak non-conference slate and 2-6 in the deadly SEC. Who cares? For all the talk about it being otherwise, there are really only three schools which look at football as merely a time-killer: North Carolina, Duke and Kentucky. Any schools that say otherwise are merely trying to lessen the embarrassing play of its football program, more or less. Kentucky football is just here to pass the time, making the idea that Kentucky is stuck in a seven-win rut all the more ludicrous. Seven wins? Sign me up.

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      The SEC’s Quarterback Crop

      I don’t think the argument is about which SEC team has the best quarterback: it’s Georgia and Aaron Murray, and any argument to the contrary — especially with his closest competition out for spring practice — should fall on deaf ears. Murray, entering his sophomore season, showed enough as a first-year starter in 2010 to earn this prestigious title, even if this looks like the conference’s worst batch of starting quarterbacks in the better part of the decade. Where have all the stars gone? Are we ready for a year without an SEC quarterback factoring heavily in the Heisman Trophy mix?

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        The Countdown

        A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.