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Kentucky falls in updated college football rankings

Not a huge surprise, but still a disappointment.

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The Kentucky Wildcats football team has gone from an undefeated team on the rise to a struggling team on a losing streak pretty quickly.

And while there were several good things to take away from the loss to Florida two weeks ago, not a lot of positive plays happened for the Wildcats Saturday against Mississippi State.

Due to the emphatic fashion with which the Bulldogs beat Kentucky down, the Wildcats continue to slide in major college football polls. In this week’s re-ranking, USA Today dropped Kentucky 15 spots to No. 50 in the country. That is tied (with Michigan) for the second largest fall in the top 50 behind Texas A&M, who fell 21 spots.

Kentucky dropped 13 spots to exit the top 50 in the CBS Sports updated rankings. Mark Stoops’ team now sits at No. 53. Conversely, Mississippi State jumped 10 spots to land at No. 35 after their convincing win over Kentucky this weekend.

However, the Wildcats only fell one spot to No. 32 in ESPN’s Football Power Index after Saturday’s embarrassing loss. Unsurprisingly, Kentucky did not appear in the top 25 of the AP Poll, the Coach’s Poll, Sports Illustrated’s top 25, or Bleacher Report’s top 25.

Kentucky has a chance to pick up some major momentum in the next three weeks. If they are able to pull out victories against the spiraling South Carolina Gamecocks and the struggling Arkansas Razorbacks, they will be sitting pretty at 4-2 heading into a match-up with Georgia, who may jump ahead of Alabama in the polls before that point.