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Kentucky Football No. 11 in final Coaches Poll

This morning, we found out Kentucky was No. 12 in the final AP poll of the college football season. The Cats finished one spot higher in the Amway Coaches Poll, coming in at No. 11, a four-spot jump from their previous spot and highest ranking of the season.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Clemson 15-0 1600 64 2 1 1/4
2 Alabama 14-1 1536 0 1 -1 1/2
3 Ohio State 13-1 1437 0 5 2 2/10
4 Oklahoma 12-2 1415 0 4 4/11
5 Notre Dame 12-1 1316 0 3 -2 3/11
6 Florida 10-3 1192 0 10 4 6/NR
7 Louisiana State 10-3 1186 0 11 4 4/24
8 Georgia 11-3 1147 0 6 -2 2/8
9 Texas 10-4 1093 0 14 5 7/NR
10 Washington State 11-2 1007 0 13 3 7/NR
11 Kentucky 10-3 945 0 15 4 11/NR
12 Central Florida 12-1 876 0 7 -5 7/23
13 Washington 10-4 807 0 9 -4 6/19
14 Michigan 10-3 780 0 8 -6 4/22
15 Syracuse 10-3 720 0 17 2 12/NR
16 Texas A&M 9-4 625 0 20 4 16/NR
17 Penn State 9-4 581 0 12 -5 8/20
18 Fresno State 12-2 497 0 21 3 17/NR
19 Northwestern 9-5 375 0 22 3 19/NR
20 Army 11-2 333 0 25 5 20/NR
21 Utah State 11-2 252 0 23 2 13/NR
22 West Virginia 8-4 235 0 16 -6 6/22
23 Cincinnati 11-2 186 0 NR 5 20/NR
24 Boise State 10-3 165 0 24 17/NR
25 Mississippi State 107 0 18 -7 14/NR

One day we’ll have proper perspective on this season but right now, it still feels like a dream.


Kentucky football not featured in ESPN’s 2019 Way-Too-Early Top 25

The Clemson Tigers took home the 2019 National Championship trophy last night in a 44-16 dismantling of the Alabama Crimson Tide, officially bringing the college football season to a close.

But that doesn’t mean the national media is going to slow down anytime soon when talking about next season.

Immediately after the title game, ESPN released the 2019 edition of their annual Way-Too-Early Top 25 rankings,  and like we saw prior to last season, the Kentucky Wildcats were nowhere to be found.

Seven teams represented the SEC in the top 25, including five listed in the top ten, but a 10-3 finish and a Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State wasn’t enough to convince the Worldwide Leader in Sports to put the Cats in the rankings.

Take a look at the entire list:

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. Ohio State
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Florida
  8. Texas
  9. Texas A&M
  10. LSU
  11. Michigan
  12. Oregon
  13. Washington State
  14. Central Florida
  15. Syracuse
  16. Washington
  17. Penn State
  18. Utah
  19. Northwestern
  20. Iowa State
  21. Wisconsin
  22. Missouri
  23. Auburn
  24. Nebraska
  25. Auburn

Syracuse in the top 15 (10-3, losing their star quarterback)? Utah (9-5)? Iowa State (8-5, losing their star running back)? Nebraska (4-and-freaking-8)? Get outta here.

Kentucky did get a mention in the article, but it had nothing to do with the team’s ranking or a prediction. They actually brought up the Wildcats when discussing the misses they had in their 2018 edition of the Way-Too-Early rankings.

Among the teams we had ranked too high: Wisconsin, Miami, Michigan State, Auburn, Virginia Tech and USC.

Among the teams we had ranked too low or didn’t have ranked at all: Florida, Washington State, Kentucky, Utah, Texas A&M and Syracuse.

Kentucky was in the “didn’t have ranked at all” category, just like they’ll apparently be when next offseason rolls around.

Looks like the Wildcats will just have to prove everyone wrong yet again. They seem to be good at that.


Listen to Benny Snell’s appearance on KSR

This morning’s Kentucky Sports Radio radio show was a special one as Benny Snell joined the show for the entire second hour. Snell was in studio with Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond to look back on his record-breaking three years in the Kentucky backfield and to thank the fans for their support throughout his career.

He also named his favorite games and moments at UK, explained how he became a star, discussed his relationship with Coach Stoops, predicted the future for the program, participated in a wedding proposal and much, much more.

You can listen to his farewell message to Big Blue Nation here:

The entire one-hour interview can be heard here:

Reminder: He’ll be signing autographs and meeting fans at KSBar and Grille this Friday evening.