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Kirk Herbstreit ranks Kentucky among top teams from Week 5

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The Cats are finally getting some national respect.

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Saturday night was an incredible night in Kroger Field as the Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Florida Gators 20-13 after making a goal-line stand in the closing seconds of the game.

Kentucky’s defense once again stepped up and absolutely dominated the game.

Coming in, the Gators had a top 10 offense in the country, and the Cats had a top 10 defense. Something had to give, and it was the Wildcats’ defense that rose to the occasion.

Florida was still able to gain 382 yards of total offense, but the defense held them to just one touchdown and forced two field goals while blocking another that was returned for a touchdown.

On top of that, the Gators were just able to convert 4/13 3rd-down attempts and were 0/1 on their lone 4th-down attempt.

The performance was impressive, and it allowed the Cats to beat the Gators at home for the first time since 1986 and move into the top 16 of the AP Poll.

They weren’t the only ones that took notice of Kentucky’s impressive performance on Saturday.

College football analyst Kirk Herbstreit released his top performing teams from Week 5, and the Cats made the list.

There were 11 teams that put together performances good enough to make Herbstreit’s list and the Cats found themselves tied for first with the Georgia Bulldogs, Alabama Crimson Tide, Stanford Cardinal, Cincinnati Bearcats, and Michigan Wolverines.

The other teams that made the list include the Auburn Tigers, Arizona State Sun Devils, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, and Oregon State Beavers.

Kentucky is proving that they are becoming a legit college football program that can make serious noise in the SEC and the national media is finally starting to take notice and give the Cats some well-deserved respect.

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