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Kentucky misses top 25 in latest SB Nation FanPulse

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The Kentucky Wildcats opened the 2019 season with an impressive 38-24 over the Toledo Rockets.

In the win, Kentucky’s new-look secondary did not allow a touchdown pass, quarterback Terry Wilson threw for 246 yards, two touchdowns and did not turn the ball over, and linebacker Deandre Square totaled 11 tackles and grabbed an interception to earn a spot on Kirk Herbstreit’s top five players of the week list.

All of these great efforts, however, were not enough to land the Wildcats a spot in SB Nation’s weekly fan pulse top 25. Here’s a look at who the fans voted for instead:

While it’s hard to argue Kentucky is better than a majority of the team’s on this list there are the programs listed that you can make the case don’t belong.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers struggled in their week one match-up with South Alabama at home and have not appeared in a bowl game since 2016. It took overtime for the Iowa State Cyclones to defeat FCS foe Northern Iowa in Ames. Could Kentucky beat Nebraska or Iowa State if given a chance? Possibly, and they sure did play better than those two teams last Saturday.

As for Kentucky fans they don’t quite believe their team is top 25 worthy either. Here’s a look at how the Big Blue Nation voted.

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. Clemson Tigers
  3. Georgia Bulldogs
  4. Oklahoma Sooners
  5. LSU Tigers
  6. Ohio State Buckeyes
  7. Auburn Tigers
  8. Michigan Wolverines
  9. Florida Gators
  10. Texas Longhorns
  11. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  12. Texas A&M Aggies
  13. Washington Huskies
  14. Penn State Nittany Lions
  15. Utah Utes
  16. UCF Knights
  17. Wisconsin Badgers
  18. Oregon Ducks
  19. Michigan State Spartans
  20. Iowa Hawkeyes
  21. Syracuse Orange
  22. Stanford Cardinal
  23. Washington State Cougars
  24. Iowa State Cyclones
  25. Memphis Tigers

Surprisingly, Kentucky fans voted for Memphis over the Cats in the top 25. Memphis defeated Ole Miss in a 15-10 slugfest Saturday but would likely be an underdog vs. Kentucky given the opportunity.

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