Every season, a few college football teams perform above and beyond the highest of standards, and by November, they are the main topics of national discussion when it comes to the national championship. With the Horned Frogs making progress as a program that was not ranked in the top 25 at the start of the season, TCU, Tennessee, and USC were among the notables who had control over their own destiny last fall.
Who might emerge as unexpected powerhouses in college football in 2023, you ask? For starters, more thorough roster analysis and favorable scheduling, along with coaching reputation, are two very significant factors in this discussion. The coaching carousel in the off-season moved quickly, though not quite as erratically as what we witnessed after the 2021 season.
Some first-year coaches were given excellent circumstances to work with, while others completely restructured their rosters to focus on winning right away.
On the other hand, Kentucky regressed in 2022. What makes you think they’ll be better, then? There will be better offense. It is necessary. Since Rich Scangarello wasn’t effective at calling plays, Mark Stoops brought back Liam Coen, who was. Coen was responsible for UK’s best offense in 14 years. Devin Leary, the ACC Player of the Year preseason 2022, is now in charge. Leary, I venture to say, might be a better choice to direct that offense with a possible weak offensive line. He disposes of the ball more quickly than Will Levis, who endured a frustrating 2022 season while dealing with numerous injuries that restricted his mobility. If you combine a respectable Stoops defense with an improved Kentucky offense that added 1,000-yard rusher Ray Davis from Vanderbilt and brought back its top 3 receivers.
Kentucky is way down the list of odds at online sportsbooks to win the national title at +15000 odds. They aren’t even being considered to win the SEC. Keep an eye on the Wildcats. They have something special brewing.