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Where Kentucky stands in new top 25 polls and power rankings

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The Wildcats rise in both top 25 polls.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are on a much-needed bye week following a very physical loss to the Georgia Bulldogs, their first of the season.

Despite not playing this week, the Wildcats managed to climb in several of the new college football rankings.

In the new Coaches Top 25 Poll, Kentucky rose two spots to No. 12 overall. The highest they’ve been in this ranking is No. 11, which they’ll have a good chance to match or surpass if they can take down Mississippi State in Starkville next week, which is much easier said than done.

The latest AP Top 25 Poll also has Kentucky up to No. 12, up three spots from the previous ranking.

Georgia, Cincinnati, Alabama, Oklahoma (lol) and Ohio State make up the top five in both polls.

AP Top 25 Poll Week 9

  1. Georgia
  2. Cincinnati
  3. Alabama
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Ohio State
  6. Michigan
  7. Oregon
  8. Michigan State
  9. Iowa
  10. Ole Miss
  11. Notre Dame
  12. Kentucky
  13. Wake Forest
  14. Texas A&M
  15. Oklahoma State
  16. Baylor
  17. Pittsburgh
  18. Auburn
  19. SMU
  20. Penn State
  21. San Diego State
  22. Iowa State
  23. UTSA
  24. Coastal Carolina
  25. BYU

Coaches Top 25 Poll Week 9

  1. Georgia
  2. Cincinnati
  3. Alabama
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Ohio State
  6. Michigan
  7. Michigan State
  8. Oregon
  9. Ole Miss
  10. Iowa
  11. Notre Dame
  12. Kentucky
  13. Wake Forest
  14. Texas A&M
  15. Oklahoma State
  16. SMU
  17. Penn State
  18. Baylor
  19. Pittsburgh
  20. San Diego State
  21. Auburn
  22. UT-San Antonio
  23. Iowa State
  24. Coastal Carolina
  25. North Carolina State

ESPN’s power rankings have Kentucky remaining at No. 14 with this summary:

The Wildcats had an open date after losing for the first time this season, 30-13 at Georgia. With games remaining against Mississippi State (road), Tennessee (home), Vanderbilt (road), New Mexico State (home) and Louisville (road), Kentucky has a good chance at finishing 11-1, which would put them right in the mix for a New Year’s Six bowl game (or even the SEC East title, if Georgia falters twice). The Wildcats defeated the (MSU) Bulldogs 24-2 last season, shutting out a Mike Leach-coached offense for the first time in his career. The Wildcats intercepted the Bulldogs six times in that win. — Mark Schlabach

ESPN FPI still has the Cats ranked No. 32 overall with a win total sitting at 9.4 wins and 2.6 losses. It’s still two spots ahead of Mississippi State.

Oddly enough, Kentucky dropped to No. 16 in the new CBS Sports power rankings.

We’ll add in the new AP Top 25 Poll when it’s out later.