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Kentucky ranked in new Coaches and AP Top 25 Polls

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Kentucky cracks the top-25 for the first time in almost two years.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are ranked!

In the new Coaches Top 25 Poll released today, Kentucky came in ranked at No. 20. As for the new AP Poll, Kentucky checked in at No. 23.

This is obviously the first time Kentucky has been ranked since the final AP Poll back in 2019 after Kentucky finished the season 10-3 with a New Year’s Day bowl victory over Penn State. Kentucky finished that season ranked No. 12.

However, this does come with a caveat. Teams not playing this season, so Big Ten and Pac-12 teams, were not eligible for the AP and Coaches Poll, so that can take away some of the shine for some people. Still, it is an incredible accomplishment that Stoops and company have Kentucky ranked in the pre-season top-25. It’s still pre-season for the SEC.

This sets up for a top-25 showdown down in Auburn in two weeks. Auburn comes in ranked at No. 9 in the Coaches Poll and No. 8 in the AP Poll.

With no Big Ten or Pac-12 football this season, so far, there is a good chance that Kentucky could see themselves ranked in the polls for the majority of the season, barring something catastrophic happening.

Coaches Top 25 Poll

1 Clemson

2 Alabama

3 Oklahoma

4 Georgia

5 LSU

6 Florida

7 Notre Dame

8 Texas

9 Auburn

10 Texas A&M

11 North Carolina

12 Oklahoma State

13 Central Florida

14 Cincinnati

15 Memphis

16 Louisville

17 Tennessee

18 Miami

19 Virginia Tech

20 Kentucky

21 Louisiana

22 Brigham Young

23 Appalachian State

24 Baylor

25 Army

Others receiving votes: Georgia Tech 96; Pittsburgh 81; West Virginia 59; Virginia 56; Texas Christian 56; Southern Methodist 25; Tulane 20; South Carolina 18; Boise State 15; Marshall 14; Arkansas St. 13; Mississippi State 12; Duke 12; Texas Tech 11; Mississippi 8; Coastal Carolina 8; Iowa State 6; North Texas 5; South Florida 3.

AP Top 25 Poll

1 Clemson

2 Alabama

3 Oklahoma

4 Georgia

5 Florida

6 LSU

7 Notre Dame

8 Auburn

9 Texas

10 Texas A&M

11 Oklahoma State

12 North Carolina

13 Cincinnati

14 UCF

15 Tennessee

16 Memphis

17 Miami

18 Louisville

19 Louisiana-Lafayette

20 Virginia Tech

21 Brigham Young (1-0)

22 Army

23 Kentucky

24 Appalachian State

25 Pittsburgh

Others receiving votes: Baylor 146, West Virginia 81, Georgia Tech 69, TCU 49, Virginia 39, Arkansas State 33, SMU 32, Iowa State 14, Mississippi State 14, Boise State 6, South Florida 6, Ole Miss 5, Texas Tech 5, UAB 4, Missouri 3, Air Force 2, Florida State 2, Marshall 2, Houston 1