After suffering their first loss of the season against the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, many in the Big Blue Nation wondered how far down the rankings the Kentucky Wildcats might slide.
It appears it won’t be much, as fans and media across the nation have realized that this Bulldogs team is unreal, and that Kentucky is actually legit.
First off let’s start with the Coaches Top 25 Poll. This has been the poll that has been the nicest to the Cats throughout the season, and was the first one they appeared in.
Despite the loss, the coaches saw enough to show this Kentucky team is one of the top-15 in the country as they slide down to No. 14 in this week's update. This should be a good sign for the AP Poll, as typically the two put teams close to the same ranking.
CBS has UK ranked the highest as they come in at 10th overall, showing no movement from last week after the loss.
For the ESPN FPI rankings they still are not as high on the Cats, as they come in at 32nd overall with a FPI of 7.9 and a win total sitting at 9.5 wins and 2.5 losses. Despite the low ranking, the Cats are trending upwards and are up two spots from the previous week.
As for the ESPN power rankings, UK checked in at No. 14 with this assessment.
“The Wildcats put up a valiant fight against the Bulldogs for two quarters, but couldn’t muster much offense in the final two quarters and lost for the first time this season. Kentucky had a good game plan on offense and controlled time of possession in the first half. But much of its production came on trick plays and throwbacks, and the Bulldogs’ stingy defense adjusted at the half. The Wildcats had a few too many dropped passes to give Georgia a real scare. Kentucky can take consolation in that it is the first team this season to score two touchdowns against the Bulldogs. Quarterback Will Levis threw for 192 yards with two touchdowns, but didn’t get much help at all from the running game. Georgia limited the Wildcats to 51 yards on 27 carries. Kentucky gets a week off before playing at Mississippi State on Oct. 30. — Mark Schlabach”
Good news for Kentucky fans is that if a big slide doesn’t happen this week when it comes to the AP poll, they stand a good chance to continue to climb into the top 10 in more rankings with a good showing in the last five games of the season.
The College Football Playoff rankings come out in a little over two weeks, and with those we will finally get to see how real of shot this team has to be one of the final four this season, or a better look at which New Year’s Six bowls UK is in contention for.
Where do you think Kentucky should be ranked now? Let us know in the comments section!