After winning five of their last six games, the Kentucky Wildcats football team is starting to receive some recognition from media outlets across the internet in SEC Power Rankings.
Here is a quick look around at where several places rank the ‘Cats.
CBS Sports’ Robby Kalland (Nov 1): Kentucky #6
“Yeah, I'm not afraid to do it. #BBN in the house at No. 6 now. Have the 'Cats beaten anyone? No, not really, but that's the beauty of the SEC East! Get the right draw out of the West -- Mississippi State every year works out great -- and beat up on the bad teams in the East (which is most all of them) and catch Tennessee when they've given up and that's a recipe for Kentucky in Atlanta.” Last week: 9
ESPN’s Alex Scarborough (Oct.30) Kentucky #9
Forget that 2-3 start to the season. These Wildcats have momentum now. Mark Stoops’ squad went into Missouri and dominated, producing a pair of 150-yard rushers to win a third straight game. One more win and the Wildcats are bowl eligible.
Gridironnow.com - Mike Huguenin (Oct. 31) Kentucky #10
The skinny: UK seems all-but-certain to go bowling, as well. Lest you go overboard praising this team, consider: Its two league losses (to Alabama and Florida) came by a combined 79-13 and its four league wins (over Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina and Vanderbilt) have come against teams with a combined four conference victories. And UK still has been outscored by a total of 34 points in its eight games.
SEC Country Power Poll (Oct. 30) Kentucky #8
This is a poll produced every weekend in which SEC Country writers and others from various media outlets cast their votes for where teams should be placed. The poll placed Kentucky 8th in the conference, with their highest polled position being 6th and the lowest being 11th.
Saturdayblitz.com - Fansided- Hunter Kinniburgh (Nov. 1) Kentucky #11
Remember when Kentucky was 2-3 and Mark Stoops was headed out the door? Neither does Big Blue Nation.
The Kentucky Wildcats sit at five wins, and are looking at the possibility of becoming bowl eligible for the first time in the Mark Stoops era, and get their first shot to earn that sixth win next week when they face Georgia. Kentucky has been led by Stephen Johnson at quarterback, who has not gotten near enough attention and credit for what he has done for the Wildcats and has really elevated the offense. Overall, he’s done what is needed and minimized his mistakes.
As you can see, Kentucky’s position varies from site to site. Some are high on the Wildcats, while others remain unconvinced. Kentucky’s upcoming matchups against Georgia and Tennessee will have a major impact on how the Wildcats are viewed around the country, either positively or negatively.
Here is the entire Week 10 SEC Power Ranking from CBS:
4. LSU Tigers
6. Kentucky Wildcats
11. Mississippi State Bulldogs
13. Georgia Bulldogs
14. Missouri Tigers