2018 Kentucky Wildcats football team

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2018 Kentucky Wildcats football
Kentucky Wildcats logo.svg
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Eastern Division
2018 record 0–0 (0–0 SEC)
Head coach Mark Stoops (6th season)
Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran (3rd season)
Co-offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw (3rd season)
Defensive coordinator Matt House (2nd; 3rd season)
Home stadium Kroger Field
(Capacity: 61,000)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Florida   0 0         0 0  
Georgia   0 0         0 0  
Kentucky   0 0         0 0  
Missouri   0 0         0 0  
South Carolina   0 0         0 0  
Tennessee   0 0         0 0  
Vanderbilt   0 0         0 0  
West Division
Alabama   0 0         0 0  
Arkansas   0 0         0 0  
Auburn   0 0         0 0  
LSU   0 0         0 0  
Mississippi State   0 0         0 0  
Ole Miss*   0 0         0 0  
Texas A&M   0 0         0 0  
Championship: December 1, 2018
  • * – Ole Miss ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions
As of August 15, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 Kentucky Wildcats football team will represent the University of Kentucky in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wildcats will play their home games at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky and compete in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They will be led by sixth-year head coach Mark Stoops.

Previous season[edit]

The Wildcats finished the 2017 season 7–6, 4–4 in SEC play to finish in a tie for third place in the Eastern Division. They were invited to the Music City Bowl where they lost to Northwestern.

Offseason[edit]

Spring game[edit]

The spring game took place on April 13 at Kroger Field.

Date Time Spring Game Site TV Result Attendance
April 13 6:30 p.m. Blue vs. White Kroger FieldLexington, KY SEC Network Blue 45, White 32
36,090


2018 signing class[edit]

The 2018 football recruiting cycle was the first in which the NCAA authorized two signing periods for high school seniors in that sport. In addition to the traditional spring period starting with National Signing Day on February 7, 2018, a new early signing period was introduced, with the first such period falling from December 20–22, 2017.[1]

Notably, the Wildcats did not sign a single in-state player in their 2018 class—the first time this had happened since 1940.[2]

Award watch lists[edit]

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Lott Trophy[3] Josh Allen LB SR
Chuck Bednarik Award[4] Josh Allen LB SR
Mike Edwards S SR
Maxwell Award[5] Benny Snell Jr. RB JR
Doak Walker Award[6] Benny Snell Jr. RB JR
John Mackey Award[7] CJ Conrad TE SR
Butkus Award[8] Josh Allen LB JR
Jim Thorpe Award[9] Mike Edwards S SR
Bronko Nagurski Trophy[10] Mike Edwards S SR
Paul Hornung Award[11] Lynn Bowden WR/KR SO
Wuerffel Trophy[12] CJ Conrad TE SR
Walter Camp Award[13] Benny Snell Jr. RB JR

SEC media poll[edit]

The SEC media poll was released on July 20, 2018 with the Wildcats predicted to finish in fifth place in the East Division.[14]

Media poll (East)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Georgia 1,977 (271)
2 South Carolina 1,535 (8)
3 Florida 1,441 (2)
4 Missouri 1,057
5 Kentucky 874 (1)
6 Tennessee 704 (1)
7 Vanderbilt 392

Preseason All-SEC teams[edit]

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

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResult
September 13:30 p.m.Central Michigan*ESPNU
September 87:30 p.m.at FloridaSECN
September 1512:00 p.m.Murray State*
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY
SECN
September 22Mississippi State
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY (rivalry)
September 29South Carolina
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY
October 6at Texas A&M
October 20Vanderbilt
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY (rivalry)
October 27at Missouri
November 3Georgia
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY
November 10at Tennessee
November 17Middle Tennessee*
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY
November 24at Louisville*
  • *Non-conference game
  • #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summaries[edit]

Central Michigan[edit]

Overall record Last Meeting Result
6–0 2011 Kentucky, 27–13
Central Michigan at Kentucky
1 2 34Total
Chippewas - - --0
Wildcats - - --0

at Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: September 1, 2018
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EST
  • TV: ESPNU

at Florida[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
17–51 2017 Florida, 28–27
Kentucky at Florida
1 2 34Total
Wildcats - - --0
Gators - - --0

at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida

  • Date: September 8, 2018
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. EST
  • TV: SECN

Murray State[edit]

Overall record Last Meeting Result
1–0 2003 Kentucky, 37–6
Murray State at Kentucky
1 2 34Total
Racers - - --0
Wildcats - - --0

at Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: September 15, 2018
  • Game time: Noon EST
  • TV: SECN

Mississippi State[edit]

Overall record Last Meeting Result
22–23 2017 Mississippi State, 45–7
Mississippi State at Kentucky
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs - - --0
Wildcats - - --0

at Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: September 22, 2018
  • Game time: EST

South Carolina[edit]

Overall record Last Meeting Result
11–17–1 2017 Kentucky, 23–13
South Carolina at Kentucky
1 2 34Total
Gamecocks - - --0
Wildcats - - --0

at Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: September 29, 2018
  • Game time: EST

at Texas A&M[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 1953 Texas A&M, 7–6
Kentucky at Texas A&M
1 2 34Total
Wildcats - - --0
Aggies - - --0

at Kyle Field, College Station, Texas

  • Date: October 6, 2018
  • Game time: EST

Vanderbilt[edit]

Overall record Last Meeting Result
44–42–4 2017 Kentucky, 44–21
Vanderbilt at Kentucky
1 2 34Total
Commodores - - --0
Wildcats - - --0

at Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: October 20, 2018
  • Game time: EST

at Missouri[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–3 2017 Kentucky, 40–34
Kentucky at Missouri
1 2 34Total
Wildcats - - --0
Tigers - - --0

at Faurot Field, Columbia, Missouri

  • Date: October 27, 2018
  • Game time: EST

Georgia[edit]

Overall record Last Meeting Result
12–56–2 2017 Georgia, 42–13
Georgia at Kentucky
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs - - --0
Wildcats - - --0

at Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: November 3, 2018
  • Game time: EST

at Tennessee[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
25–79–9 2017 Kentucky, 29–26
Kentucky at Tennessee–Battle for the Beer Barrel
1 2 34Total
Wildcats - - --0
Volunteers - - --0

at Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: November 10, 2018
  • Game time: EST

Middle Tennessee[edit]

Overall record Last Meeting Result
2–0 2008 Kentucky, 20–14
Middle Tennessee at Kentucky
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs - - --0
Blue Raiders - - --0

at Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: November 17, 2018
  • Game time: EST

at Louisville[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
15–15 2017 Louisville, 44–17
Kentucky at Kentucky–Battle for the Governor's Cup
1 2 34Total
Wildcats - - --0
Cardinals - - --0

at Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Kentucky

  • Date: November 24, 2018
  • Game time: EST

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (May 8, 2017). "Collegiate Commissioners Association approves early signing period for football". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ Roush, Nick (April 11, 2018). "Kentucky Could Lose Rare In-State Recruiting Opportunity". Kentucky Sports Radio. Retrieved April 13, 2018. 
  3. ^ "2018 Watch List | Lott IMPACT Trophy | Honoring College Football's Defensive Best". lottimpacttrophy.org. Retrieved 2018-07-17. 
  4. ^ "2018 Bednarik Award Watch List". July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018. 
  5. ^ "2018 Maxwell Award Watch List". July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018. 
  6. ^ "2018 Doak Walker Award Candidates". July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018. 
  7. ^ "2018 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List Released" (PDF). July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Butkus Award - 2018 Collegiate Watchlist". The Butkus Award. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Names 2018 Preseason Watchlist". July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018. 
  10. ^ "2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List". July 24, 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2018. 
  11. ^ "43 PLAYERS NAMED TO 2018 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST". July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Wuerffel Trophy Unveils 2018 Watch List". July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018. 
  13. ^ Carbone, Al (July 27, 2018). "Walter Camp Football Foundation Announces 2018 Player of the Year Preseason "Watch List"". Retrieved July 30, 2018. 
  14. ^ http://www.secsports.com/article/24148392/media-predicts-alabama-win-2018-sec-championship