No. 3: 1977 UK team went 10-1 in season

By Ethan Levine

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The 1977 UK football team is remembered in more than one way. The team is remembered for finishing the regular season with a 10-1 record and a perfect 6-0 record in the SEC. It may also be remembered for not being rewarded for that success because NCAA probation kept it from claiming an SEC title or playing in during bowl season.

Those Cats were led by All-American defensive end Art Still, who would go on to be the second overall pick in the 1978 NFL draft. Still’s defense allowed just 111 points over the entire season, an average of just more than 10 points per game. The Cats allowed their opponent to reach double digits just five times all year and let a team reach 20 points only twice.

UK’s offense was no slouch either, scoring fewer than 20 points just twice all year. The Cats dropped 28 points on a ranked West Virginia team, 24 points against Joe Paterno’s ranked Penn State team and 33 points against a ranked LSU squad. UK’s only loss of the year was to unranked Baylor on the road, a 21-6 humbling that would serve as the team’s only blemish.

Despite being the defending conference champions, UK began the year unranked and on probation with the NCAA, relatively off everyone’s radar. It finished ranked No. 6 in the nation in the year’s final AP poll.

Many consider the 1977 team to be the best team in head coach Fran Curci’s eight-year tenure at UK, but because the probation kept UK out of the postseason, 1976 will inevitably get the nod in this ranking (spoiler alert). UK has won the SEC twice in its history, and although the 1977 might have been able to make it three times, the fact that it did not pegs the team at third on the list of the greatest teams in UK football history.