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Friday Quickies: Burning the Rankings Edition

Benny Snell burns Kentucky’s No. 71 ranking, and more in today’s quickies.

NCAA Football: South Carolina at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, BBN. It’s fair to say that Benny Snell is not fond of where Kentucky is ranked this preseason. After reading that USA Today had the Cats ranked No. 71 this preseason, he threw the paper down and he set it on fire, and dammit, it was the greatest thing a Kentucky player has done since Stephen Johnson made Lamar Jackson look like a JV high school player last year.

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