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Monday Quickies: Power Ranking Edition

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The Cats begin the season in the top 20 of ESPN’s Power Rankings

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The last few years, it has been weeks into the season before the Kentucky Wildcats have earned the respect of football media around the country. And whether it is due to Kentucky’s depth, the amount of talent returning on defense, or the fact that the Big 10 and Pac-12 are out of the picture, it looks like the launch point for the Wildcats is a bit higher this season.

In ESPN’s college football Power Rankings released on Sunday, Mark Stoops and his crew come in at No. 17 heading into week one. It may be important to note that they are the eighth SEC team on the list, behind four teams they will meet face to fact this season: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Auburn, and Tennessee.

Kentucky football has come a long way.

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Quickies

Former Wildcat Dwight “The Blur” Anderson dies at 59 - KSR

A Kentucky legend gone way too soon.

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence outlines college football leaders’ plans for change in social media post - ESPN

College athletes have put together a list of specific demands they have in their fight for racial justice.

Five remaining offensive targets for Kentucky - CatsPause.com

These are the guys Mark Stoops will focus on in wrapping up the 2021 recruiting class.

UK players used to be too ‘young and scared’ to call out racism. It was ‘impossible.’ - Herald-Leader

Rex Chapman is hopeful that the voice of young athletes can make a big difference.

Former Kentucky Wildcats dominate NBA 2K21 player ratings - KSR

With several Wildcats dominating the NBA bubble and playoffs, of course the hottest new video game should reflect what Kentucky has put in the league.

Nuggets star Nikola Jokic questionable for Game 3 vs. Clippers with sprained wrist - ESPN

The Nuggets have a real shot to knock off the Clippers. Will Jokic’s injury ruin their chances?

Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Out for Rest of Game 4 vs. Heat With Ankle Sprain - Sports Illustrated

The Bucks went on the win game five, but will this injury seal the deal for the Heat moving on to the conference finals?

Stoops, Cats Ignore Accolades, Keep Working Hard - UK Athletics

Stoop maintains a blue collar attitude despite Kentucky’s recent success.

Nuggets ‘noticeably different’ in Game 2, even series with Clippers - ESPN

Jamal Murray led the Nuggets to a huge game two victory.

CBS Sports experts call Kentucky most underrated team in the SEC - CatsPause.com

It’s hard to argue with that, right?