Kentucky hasn't won more than eight games in a season in 34 years, finished better than .500 in the SEC since 1977 or been ranked since 2007, so why on earth should we be talking about them as a deep, deep dark horse playoff contender? Because they have one of the most favorable schedules in college football.
At what point do we consider the Wildcats to be legitimate playoff contenders? If they reach 6-0 with SEC wins over Mississippi State , South Carolina and Texas A&M, are they a playoff contender? On The Hot Route, we break down Kentucky's favorable path to the playoff: