The SEC East is clearly the stronger side of the conference. In the West there are Alabama, Auburn, and Texas A&M and then everyone else; in the East there are Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Missouri, and Georgia that are the contenders. Kentucky plays 12 of their 18 SEC games against teams that are in the top half of the SEC and every one of these games will be a struggle.
February 12th and 16th are back to back games away against the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers which will either prove if Kentucky is the real deal or just another talented team in the SEC. After getting beat up by the strength of Florida and Kenny Boyten and Patric Young, they face the young Volunteers.
Florida and Tennessee match up well, so it will be like facing two opposite teams in four days. If Kentucky wins against the Gators, the Wildcats will lose against the Volunteers.
If Kentucky wins both games, they deserve the SEC championship ahead of time, but it’s very doubtful they will win both. They play two of the top teams in the West twice each, as well (Auburn and Texas A&M). The Kentucky SEC schedule is ridiculously tough and will prepare them for the NCAA tournament early in the season.
Kentucky will not lose more than four SEC games, but with the toughness of the SEC this season and the more evenly spread talent at the top, they will have a much tougher SEC schedule than last year.