The Kentucky Wildcats are off to a strong start this season, but it has rarely been pretty for Mark Stoops and his bunch.
Kentucky is now 5-2 on the year, but they’ve yet to really win a game convincingly. The Wildcats were unlucky to lose to Florida once again and then they got waxed by Mississippi State and Dan Mullen on Saturday. The 45-7 loss was just the second game this year for Kentucky that was not a one-possession game.
Despite not looking great, an eight-win season for Mark Stoops isn’t out of the question given the Wildcats next three games are against Tennessee, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. Kentucky does end the season with games against Georgia and Louisville, but the Cardinals have looked very beatable this year.
Though Kentucky basketball fans never seem satisfied, Wildcats football fans approve of the job Stoops is doing. In the SEC Country approval rating poll last month, Stoops finished with a rating of 77.6. While that was down from the previous month, he is still in much better shape than many of his counterparts.
Recruits have also taken notice. Using the 247Sports composite rankings, the Wildcats have the No. 22 recruiting class in the country, placing them eighth among SEC teams. That puts the Wildcats ahead of the likes of Alabama, South Carolina and Arkansas. The Wildcats also have a commitment from 4-star QB Jarren Williams.
Stoops earned $3.5 million last season.The Wildcats kick off against the reeling Volunteers at 7:3o p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
Vote on Mark Stoops’ approval rating
The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents that select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.