The non-conference schedule Kentucky announced Wednesday includes heavyweights and lightweights. In other words, the typical schedule for a highly regarded college team.
There are two opponents that finished last season with a Ratings Percentage Index (according to CBSSports.com) in the top 10 — No. 3 Louisville and No. 8 Michigan State.
Two other UK opponents were in the top 20 — No. 17 North Carolina and No. 19 Belmont.
No. 41 Boise State gives Kentucky a fifth opponent with a final RPI in the top 50.
No. 70 Baylor and No. 90 Providence give UK a sixth and seventh opponent in the final RPI’s top 100.
Kentucky’s home schedule includes six opponents outside the top 100 — No. 199 Cleveland State, No. 239 Eastern Michigan, No. 124 Robert Morris, No. 120 Texas Arlington, No. 215 UNC Asheville and No. 271 Northern Kentucky.
But the inclusion of Louisville makes Kentucky’s home schedule look much better than last season.
Overall last season, CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm rated UK’s strength of schedule at No. 70.