2019 Kentucky Wildcats football team

The 2019 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wildcats played their home games at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky, and competed in the East Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by seventh-year head coach Mark Stoops.

2019 Kentucky Wildcats football
Kentucky Wildcats logo.svg
Belk Bowl champion
Belk Bowl, W 37–30 vs. Virginia Tech
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2019 record8–5 (3–5 SEC)
Head coachMark Stoops (7th season)
Offensive coordinatorEddie Gran (4th season)
Co-offensive coordinatorDarin Hinshaw (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorBrad White (1st season)[1]
Home stadiumKroger Field
(Capacity: 61,000)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 4 Georgia x   7 1         12 2  
No. 6 Florida   6 2         11 2  
Tennessee   5 3         8 5  
Kentucky   3 5         8 5  
Missouri *   3 5         6 6  
South Carolina   3 5         4 8  
Vanderbilt   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 1 LSU x$^   8 0         15 0  
No. 8 Alabama   6 2         11 2  
No. 14 Auburn   5 3         9 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         4 8  
Arkansas   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 37, Georgia 10
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * – ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from AP Poll

PreseasonEdit

SEC preseason pollEdit

The 2019 SEC Media Days were held July 15–18 in Birmingham, Alabama. In the preseason media poll, Kentucky was projected to finish in sixth in the East Division.[2]

Media poll (East Division)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Georgia 1789 (233)
2 Florida 1499 (21)
3 Missouri 1149 (3)
4 South Carolina 883 (1)
5 Tennessee 804 (1)
6 Kentucky 798 (1)
7 Vanderbilt 358

Preseason All-SEC teamsEdit

The Wildcats had four players selected to the preseason all-SEC teams.

ScheduleEdit

Kentucky announced its 2019 football schedule on September 18, 2018.[3] The 2019 schedule consists of 8 home and 4 away games.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3112:00 p.m.Toledo*SECNW 38–2454,610
September 77:30 p.m.Eastern Michigan*
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY
SECN Alt.W 38–1755,240
September 147:00 p.m.No. 9 Florida
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY
ESPNL 21–2963,076
September 214:00 p.m.at Mississippi StateSECNL 13–2854,556
September 287:30 p.m.at South CarolinaSECNL 7–2480,828
October 127:30 p.m.Arkansas 
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY
SECNW 24–2057,060
October 196:00 p.m.at No. 10 GeorgiaESPNL 0–2192,746
October 267:30 p.m.Missouri
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY
SECNW 29–748,446
November 97:30 p.m.Tennessee
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY (rivalry)
SECNL 13–1756,760
November 163:30 p.m.at VanderbiltSECNW 38–1423,288
November 233:30 p.m.UT Martin*
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY
SECNW 50–741,495
November 3012:00 p.m.Louisville*
SECNW 45–1348,336
December 3112:00 p.m.vs. Virginia Tech*ESPNW 37–3044,138
Schedule Source:[4]

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position
Mark Stoops Head Coach
Eddie Gran Offensive Coordinator/Associate Head Coach, RB Coach
Brad White Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Vince Marrow Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Steve Clinkscale Secondary Coach
Michael Smith Wide Receivers Coach
Darin Hinshaw Co-Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach
John Schlarman Offensive Line Coach
Derrick LeBlanc Defensive Line Coach
Dean Hood LB Coach/Special Teams Coordinator

Game summariesEdit

ToledoEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rockets 7 7 3 7 24
Wildcats 0 14 10 14 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Eastern MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 3 7 7 17
Wildcats 14 3 7 14 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 Sept. 30, 2017 W, 24–20

FloridaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 9 Gators 7 0 3 19 29
Wildcats 0 14 7 0 21
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
18–52 1–9 Sept. 9, 2018 W, 27–16

at Mississippi StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 3 0 7 3 13
Bulldogs 7 14 0 7 28
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
23–23 2–8 Sept. 22, 2018 W, 28–7

at South CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 0 0 7 7
Gamecocks 7 3 7 7 24
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
12–17–1 6–4 Sept. 29, 2018 W, 24–10

ArkansasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 7 6 0 7 20
Wildcats 0 7 10 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–3 Oct. 13, 2012 L, 7–49

at GeorgiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 0 0 0 0
No. 10 Bulldogs 0 0 14 7 21
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
12–58–2 1–9 Nov. 3, 2018 L, 17–34

MissouriEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 0 7 0 7
Wildcats 0 22 0 7 29
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–3 Oct. 27, 2018 W, 15–14

TennesseeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Volunteers 0 3 14 0 17
Wildcats 13 0 0 0 13
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
25–80–9 2–8 Nov. 10, 2018 L, 7–24

at VanderbiltEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 3 21 14 0 38
Commodores 14 0 0 0 14
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
45–42–4 6–4 Oct. 20, 2018 W, 14–7

UT MartinEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Skyhawks 0 0 0 7 7
Wildcats 16 13 7 14 50
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 Aug 30, 2014 W, 59–14

LouisvilleEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 6 7 0 0 13
Wildcats 7 10 14 14 45
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
16–15 4–6 Nov. 24, 2018 W, 56–10

vs. Virginia Tech (Belk Bowl)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hokies 10 7 10 3 30
Wildcats 7 7 10 13 37
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
12–6–2 7–3 Oct. 31, 1987 W, 14-7

[5]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP NR NR RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV 
Coaches RV RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brad White - Football Coach". University of Kentucky Athletics.
  2. ^ "Media predicts Alabama to win 2019 SEC Championship". SECSports.com. Southeastern Conference. July 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "Kentucky Set for Home-Heavy 2019 Football Schedule". University of Kentucky Department of Athletics. September 18, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  4. ^ "2019 Kentucky Wildcats Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "Kentucky vs Virginia Tech, 1869-2018". Retrieved 9 December 2019.