There are some schools in the Power 5 conferences that have historically struggled to win. And it’s hard to see some of those programs improving during the upcoming season.
On Thursday, USA Today ranked the 10 schools in Power 5 conferences that are toughest for a coach to come in and win at, due to their struggles, challenging conferences and more.
From the SEC, Vanderbilt and Kentucky both made the list. The Commodores ranked No. 2 behind only Oregon State of the Pac-12, while the Wildcats came in at No. 8.
As mentioned by USA Today’s Paul Myerberg, Vanderbilt has a losing all-time record as a program, ranking 92nd in the nation in career winning percentage. The Commodores have struggled in SEC play, while frequently being among the bottom teams in the conference.
Kentucky may have made bowl games the past two seasons, but the Wildcats haven’t had much sustained success during their program’s history. This could be a crucial year for coach Mark Stoops to prove he can keep Kentucky improving.
It will be interesting to see if these programs can finally turn it around completely in future seasons, or if both will continue to be in the bottom tier in the SEC.
Here’s the full list from USA Today:
- Oregon State
- Kansas State
- Iowa State
- Texas Tech
- Washington State