The first round of updated college football rankings are out, and most of them have the Kentucky Wildcats inside the top 10.
- The latest Coaches Top 25 Poll has Kentucky checking in at No. 9. The Georgia Bulldogs are the new No. 1 team.
- The new AP Top 25 Poll has Kentucky up to No. 8.
- Bill Connelly’s SP+ formula has the Wildcats at No. 10.
- ESPN’s FPI somehow has Kentucky down to No. 26.
- CBS Sports has the Wildcats checking in at No. 10.
Your No. 9 Kentucky Wildcats are now 3-0 following a 31-0 win over Youngstown State, the program’s first shutout since 2009.
Kentucky has now won 18 straight non-conference ahead of next week’s clash with Northern Illinois at 7 pm ET on ESPN. That will be the final non-SEC game for quite a while, as the Cats then travel to Oxford for a likely top 25 showdown with the Ole Miss Rebels, which is now arguably Kentucky’s toughest remaining game outside of Georgia.
For now, check back here throughout the day to see where UK stands in the latest top 25 polls and power rankings.
Tweet of the Day
"The Stoops' coaching roots run deep. It is the family business. And those roots dig into the dirt in Youngstown, Ohio."@MartySmithESPN has more on the Stoops' family story: pic.twitter.com/YPtaxc1bCO— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 17, 2022
Lotta football wins with that bunch.
Kentucky Blanks Youngstown State
The UK defense held Youngstown State to just 192 yards of total offense (134 passing, 58 rushing). The Cats had six tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks. Freshman Alex Afari led UK with five tackles in the game. Jordan Wright had four tackles, including two for losses.
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SEC Passing leaders through Week 3— Blake Edwards (@BlakeMatEdwards) September 18, 2022
1. Will Rogers - 977 yds @HailStateFB
2. Stetson Bennett - 952 yds @GeorgiaFootball
3. Will Levis - 882 yds @UKFootball
4. Hendon Hooker - 844 yds @VolFootball
5. KJ Jefferson - 770 yds @RazorbackFB pic.twitter.com/P5bnUoTqyg
Three takeaways from No. 9 Kentucky's 31-0 win over Youngstown State
While UK earned a lopsided victory, there were several sloppy moments. Levis threw two interceptions in the contest, UK fumbled four times, including one by La'Vell Wright that resulted in a turnover, and the Cats were flagged a season-high 10 times, costing them 75 penalty yards.
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