For the first time since 1986, the Kentucky Wildcats are coming off a home win over the Florida Gators, as they defeated their SEC East rivals 20-13 on Saturday.
With the win, UK improved to 5-0 on the year with a perfect 3-0 conference record, which finally earned them a spot in the AP Top 25 at No. 16 entering a home battle against LSU this week.
While Kentucky is sitting pretty at 5-0, their schedule won’t be getting easier. Despite their struggles, LSU is just two years removed from winning a national championship and still has plenty of talent.
Then, UK will hit the road to Georgia to take on the No. 2 Bulldogs, followed by a trip to Mississippi State, who upset 15th-ranked Texas A&M in College Station last week.
The Cats will then host Tennessee, who put 62 points on Missouri in Columbia this past weekend. They’ll then finish the regular season with a lighter slate that features a visit to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt, a home game against New Mexico State, and a trip to Louisville to take on the Cardinals.
Thus, while all but locked in for a bowl game, a lot can change between now and the end of the regular season, making Kentucky’s bowl game projections a bit complicated as they seek a New Year’s Six bid.
Here’s a look at where some projections are sending UK following their win over the Gators: