The Big Blue Nation already knows the national media doesn’t feel that the Kentucky Wildcats can repeat their success from 2018 but now yet another list is leaving the Cats outside the top 25.
In SB Nation’s Fan Pulse Top 25 Preseason Poll the Wildcats did not make the cut. Here’s a look at the rankings.
There are no true surprises at the top as both Clemson and Alabama figure to be on a collision course to meet in the national championship game for the fourth time in the last five years.
However, a pair of teams the 2018 Wildcats defeated did make the list. The Florida Gators come in at #8 after a 10-3 season that included a Week 2 loss to Kentucky that ended the Gators 31-year winning streak over the Cats. Also making the list are the Penn State Nittany Lions who rank 14th. Kentucky defeated Penn State 27-24 in the 2019 Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Of the teams to make the list Kentucky will face off with just two this season with #8 Florida coming to Kroger Field on September 14th and a match-up in Athens against the #3 Georgia Bulldogs scheduled for October 19th.
Now, the list above is the consensus ranking of how all of the SB Nation communities voted. However, the poll from our very own Sea of Blue community — which you helped vote on — has Kentucky making the top 25:
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Texas A&M
- Penn State
- Iowa State
- Michigan State
It’s good see our community is confident in Kentucky heading into the new season. Hopefully, the Wildcats do enough damage to make the rest of the nation follow suit.
While Kentucky was a 10-win team a year ago, they lost a lot of talent to the NFL and are dealing with a depleted secondary with Davonte Robinson out for the season with a quad injury.
Thus, to creep into the real top 25, they’re going to have to prove to the world last year was no fluke by beating up on non-conference opponents such as Toledo and Eastern Michigan and getting a statement win over a Florida or Mississippi State.
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