Tonight is a big night for college football as the College Football Playoff Committee will release its first official College Football Playoff Rankings of the season. The announcement is set to come around 7 p.m. and it will include your University of Kentucky Wildcats in the mix. I still can’t believe I’m typing this.
With the first set of rankings coming out, many analysts and websites are trying to predict the order before it goes public.
Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com fame ranks the Wildcats seventh, behind (in order): Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, LSU, Michigan and Georgia:
The Wildcats needed a miracle to erase an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit at Missouri. Kentucky will try to continue its improbable run to an SEC East title when it hosts Georgia on Saturday. [CBSSports.com]
Over at SI.com, Kentucky ranks eighth on the list, sandwiched between Oklahoma at No. 7 and Ohio State at No. 9.
Yahoo isn’t as confident in the Cats’ ranking; it has Kentucky at No. 12:
12. Kentucky (7-1): The Wildcats can win the East with a victory over Georgia after somehow beating Missouri on Saturday. The defense is fantastic. Is the offense simply good enough to support it? [Yahoo.com]
247Sports.com’s slot for UK is a little better, but still not as high as others:
10. Kentucky Wildcats
The Wildcats’ offense is the biggest weakness of any teams’ on this list, ranking an abysmal 74th nationally in yards per play. Kentucky threw for just 18 yards in a win over Vanderbilt, and it did not score an offensive touchdown against Missouri until a final untimed down. But the Wildcats won both games in large part because of an elite defense. Kentucky’s road win over Florida also carries plenty of weight as does the fact its only loss came in overtime against Texas A&M on the road. Kentucky is an extremely difficult team to slot due to its glaring weakness but reasonably strong resume. [247Sports.com]
Wherever the Cats are slotted when it becomes official tonight, how cool is it to even be in the conversation? This is a special year for a program and a fan base that finally deserves success and national recognition.
We want Bama.