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Despite obvious work to be done, Kentucky players admit they’d love to see a jump into the top-ten

Only three ranked teams lost in the college football world this weekend, but two of them (Ohio State and Oregon) were ranked ahead of the No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats. Sitting at 6-1 on the year and 4-1 in the SEC, there is a chance the Cats make a push into the top-10 when the latest rankings are released this afternoon.

If not, a win over Missouri on the road next week will almost certainly push the Cats through the threshold and into the single digits.

Their victory on Saturday night may not have been pretty, but head coach Mark Stoops told his team they have no business feeling upset about reaching bowl eligibility just seven games into the season. After years of hard work, being in the position to make a move into the top ten is something to be proud of.

“I told them, “Don’t ever apologize, hold your head high, you’re a 6-1 football team on your way moving up into the top ten, and we have another great opportunity this week.”‘

And if they do get to that point with a jump in the polls? Stoops admits he’s excited to see the work the program has put in over the years finally be rewarded with recognition as one of the top teams in college football.

“Obviously, it shows you’re winning,” said Stoops. “That means something to us. Being consistent. Again, good football teams find ways to win when you’re not at your best.”

Kentucky cornerback Derrick Baity Jr. says he’s definitely excited for a potential jump into the top ten, but he wants his team to use it as motivation going forward. There are still six (or more) games to be played this season with even greater accomplishments on the line.

“To us personally, we’ll probably look at it like “We’ve got to do something, we’ve got to do something more.” The season’s not over with, there’s a lot more going into the SEC East that we can do. I mean, a top-ten ranking, like I hope we take it how we’ve been taking it. Keep going, the season’s not over with,” said Baity.

Broken hand and all, junior linebacker Kash Daniel feels a better ranking in the poll means his team did their job that weekend, but he’s just looking forward to Kentucky’s matchup with Missouri next weekend.

“I mean, that’d be cool,” said Daniel. “Obviously being top-ten in the country would be cool, but I’m just worried about Mizzou right now. It’d be cool to see that number by our name higher than it was last week. Ultimately, being ranked is great and all, but it doesn’t guarantee anything. Anybody can beat anybody.”

As for quarterback Terry Wilson, rankings don’t mean a thing. Upsets happen every weekend, and he just wants to focus on putting in the work to ensure his team isn’t on the losing end of one.

“We’re not worried about it,” said Wilson. “We’re just worried about us, gotta take care of what we have to take care of. I feel like the rankings really don’t mean anything. All of the things going on in college football, all of the upsets and stuff like that. We just have to worry about us and worry about next week.”

Regardless of the rankings released this afternoon, star running back Benny Snell knows Kentucky is one of the best teams in college football.

We’re a top-ten team,” he said. “It takes time, but we gotta work for it. … It’ll mean a lot, we have come a long way. We’ve been underdogs for so long, but we have to keep that same mentality.”

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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56 Comments for Despite obvious work to be done, Kentucky players admit they’d love to see a jump into the top-ten



  1. zoupman
    11:08 am October 21, 2018 Permalink

    Our new ranking will be short lived, if a change isn’t made at QB. If Wilson continues to play whole game, we will lose to both Mo. and Ga.
    Come on coaches, coach to win.



  2. TBW3011
    11:09 am October 21, 2018 Permalink

    We need a top 200 OC to be a top 10 team. Great job by the defense and o-line again.



  3. VMI1957
    11:17 am October 21, 2018 Permalink

    Kentucky will finish the season 6-6 and wind up in the Worthless Bowl. Without a QB who can throw the ball the Kitty Cats aren’t worth the amount of toilet paper to wipe yourself with after taking a dump.



    • wyatts1
      11:46 am October 21, 2018 Permalink

      What’s the matter troll, did we brutalize your team already and your but hurt about?? Go lick some windows somewhere else.



    • Booby Petrino
      11:51 am October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Lol Louisville fans are so mad about our success. Can’t blame them, they suck so bad this year.



    • BBNDan7
      12:03 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, we will beat 2 ranked teams with terry but lose to 4 unranked teams in a row. What a theory



    • michaelb
      12:14 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Lol you guys are mad cuz he’s right …. this is hilarious. Stoops HAD to have promised Terry to start to get him to come here . Nothing else makes sense



    • 4everUKblue
      1:06 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Michael you sound identical to combat medic aka slater. I suspect you are all the same because all three of you are the worst kind of fan. The kind BBN does not need.



    • BigolBlue
      2:07 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      4 ever still lives on his own dream world. Hes been on here for years defending everything blue. He himself is actually the worst kind of fan. He wears blinders.



    • CombatMedic_98
      9:30 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      THANK YOU



    • CombatMedic_98
      9:30 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Like you are in charge of KSR…get out of here turd…



    • BigolBlue
      2:06 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      8-4. This team is no way at all top 10 material.



    • Wade
      5:51 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Big ole blue balls needs to get laid!!! Feel bad for you bro!



    • 4everUKblue
      3:26 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      BigolBlue I back my team and I don’t cry like a little b!tch like you do. Would you like a tissue?



    • CombatMedic_98
      9:30 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      It’s a girl that’s why…



  4. davis2319
    11:19 am October 21, 2018 Permalink

    We are a quarterback and a kicker a way from being a real threat in college football this season. It would be crazy how good we could be. Running game is fantastic (when Gran doesn’t try to get cute), defense is the best I’ve seen in school history, and the special teams (kickoffs, punts, and returns have been equally as solid). The thing is, is we don’t even need a stud quarterback. We just need someone to keep the defense off balance just a little more. We also don’t need Adam Vinetari to kick field goals, just someone to make a 45 yarder if need be!!!



  5. BlueWildcat_99
    11:36 am October 21, 2018 Permalink

    It’s time to bench Terry. I’ve been supportive the entire season thus far as there is a possibility of improving over a few games. However, Terry cannot make the reads or the throws necessary to keep good teams honest. Gunnar cannot do worse



    • KatsKlaws
      12:16 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Can’t do worse? Well if he can’t do better what would be the point of changing? Other than, wait a minute, what is the difference between Terry and Gunnar…oh yeah I remember now…



    • maximumscott
      12:28 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Id rather have the dynamic of Terry running than Gunnar throwing a post or 5 and out. Terry has a canon too. Alot of his missed deep throws were a yard away from the receiver. A faster receiver makes the catch. Should we get new receivers? Hell, lets get a new team.



    • michaelb
      12:33 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Throwing power isn’t the issue . Receivers are not the issue



    • CombatMedic_98
      9:32 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah u would…but I haven’t seen Wilson score in 55 seconds!



    • krautdog
      3:44 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Don’t you ever grow weary of playing the race card?



    • 4everUKblue
      1:08 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      For once you’re right michael/combat medic/slater. The real issue is play calling. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes.



  6. CatsfaninFL
    11:40 am October 21, 2018 Permalink

    Lots of complaining for a 6-1 team. What miserable lives you guys must lead.



    • katfan33
      11:55 am October 21, 2018 Permalink

      There’s nothing wrong with criticizing obvious flaws. Everyone is thrilled to be 6-1 but this team has to have a change at QB and Kicker.



    • maximumscott
      12:29 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      We dont need a QB change. Just need Terry to have confidence. He has the ability to play well. Just lool at Florida.



    • 4everUKblue
      1:08 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      max you are so right.



    • BigolBlue
      2:08 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      4 ever cats in fl whoever (same person)



    • 4everUKblue
      3:27 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Did your mommy let you out of your crib BigolBaby?



  7. KYjellyRoll
    11:44 am October 21, 2018 Permalink

    I understand the kicker argument. Wilson ran for nearly 100 yards when he had no open receivers, there were dropped passes, and the run play calls weren’t called by Wilson…how can he be to blame?



    • katfan33
      11:56 am October 21, 2018 Permalink

      3-9 18 yards
      That’s how he can be blamed.



    • BBNDan7
      12:04 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      And a TD that essentially won the game. So shut up.



    • CoachCat
      1:31 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      And that fumble gave them a touchdown. So what’s your point?



    • wes720
      12:09 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      He is to blame because the receivers have stopped trying to get open and are focused on run blocking because they know he can’t throw or maybe just afraid to throw.



    • michaelb
      12:16 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      2 completed passes were pure luck . He threw the ball and hit Terry in his ass last game



  8. Booby Petrino
    11:53 am October 21, 2018 Permalink

    We win, people complain. We lose, people complain. People gonna people.



    • SuperTroy18
      12:17 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Amen.



  9. Matt10
    12:02 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    I love this team but with all due respect when I think of a top ten team I think good in run and pass. They’re no doubt top 10 in the run, top 10 in defense but the lack of a passing game (for now) should keep them out of the top 10. I wouldn’t be surprised if their ranking stayed the same or dropped tomorrow. Get that passing game figured out and the world is theirs for the taking.



  10. Shidler8684
    12:09 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    Some people are destined to never enjoy anything.



  11. SuperTroy18
    12:16 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    I was at the C. Mich. and MSU games. When Gunnar came in that first game, he threw some great passes on the first drive. He ALSO threw one right to a CM cornerback that SHOULD have gone for 6 the other way. The rest of his snaps, he was completely underwhelming. He had one good drive. Terry gives us a threat on his feet. The plays he made in the Swamp won that game for us. I don’t know if Gunnar would be better or worse, but I like our team and am ECSTATIC with what has become a Dream season so far. Terry can and will get better. I’m excited to watch that.
    Kicker seems to be Chance’s job now. Stoops said in postgame that he was gonna use him on the go-ahead drive if Snell hadn’t punched it in. Whatever happens the rest of the way this season…GO CATS!!!!!!



    • michaelb
      12:38 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Why even waste a redshirt on a kicker anyway ? I can’t figure out that at all



    • SuperTroy18
      1:04 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      I agree. We needed him for A&M. Could’ve saved the game. And he doesn’t have to play the final four games, he can play in ANY four games. Why not use him there?!?! We hadn’t played a single-digit game yet. We clearly needed him. I think even Stoops regrets not putting him in down at College Station.



  12. maximumscott
    12:26 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    Our Defense is ELITE. Wilson is the right QB. He just needs a bit more confidence. Also, yesterday was so damn windy how could you expect any QB to make accurate throws unless they are 5 yards dink and dunks. We ran bc we could run it down their throats. Why risk it in that weather.



  13. michaelb
    12:40 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    If we don’t throw the ball more benny is going to get hurt. Over working him & too many people locking in on him will result in this no doubt about it



  14. michaelb
    12:43 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    IMO, I think they should let butler do xps and chance do fgs



    • 4everUKblue
      1:12 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      I’m so glad you’re not the coach. You’re not even a decent fan.



    • BigolBlue
      2:09 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      4 ever is the sherriff of UK fandom. He says if you are or arent



    • 4everUKblue
      3:28 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Bigolblue is the sheriff of kindergarten. Cry some more.



  15. bailey000
    12:50 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    Playing solid defense and running the football is exactly how you win championships. That being said we do need to stretch the field some. I’d like to see Hoak as much as anybody, but this is still a great team regardless of the QB situation. With what the coaching staff has done with our team I can’t dog them. Can’t. Won’t. This is the best team I’ve watched. But, please sir my we see Hoak? Please? I don’t watch practices and I’m just another ignorant fan, but please? Terry hasn’t done anything for us since the Florida game. So, please can we try Hoak???



  16. Aristocat
    12:58 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    I have a hard time with the decision to let Butler attempt that FG. He’s at the upper end of his range in unfavorable wind conditions…recipe for failure every time.



  17. BluKudzu
    1:06 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    You can tell when Louisville has a bye week. They all come here, to add their expertise.
    Problem is, Jurich screwed U of L, and the fans with his idiotic handling of the two major revenue sports.
    But hey, Cardinal Fans you get to watch your miserable coach, who hates being there, cause your team to lose every game the rest of the season, and end up last place in the weakest division in the power 5.
    Watch us go bowling while you look forward to many more years of football impotence.
    I feel bad for you all. No, not really.
    Go Cats.



    • ClutchCargo
      1:48 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      +1. lol



    • J. Did
      2:40 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed. Since Tyra has taken over as AD, Petrino has not seen one opponent’s playbook.

      Once the house of cards collapsed, Tyra had a come to ‘NO Touchdown Jesus’ follow up talk with the biggest low life coach in ALL of college football…..and the NFL as well.

      Petrino is a cheater; Petrino is a loser. He needed to go – and never be rehired. However, Tyra’s hands were contractually tied.

      A 14 mil buyout is exorbitant; as such, there is no choice but to retain this miserable SOB’s contract and suffer an inevitable slide in, what with uavel being a crappiest school, the otherwise heralded ACC.

      The bad news for KENTUCKY fans: Soon, Brohm takes the helm and rights the stinking ship.

      For KENTUCKY fans, uavel now has a solid AD.

      Once Mitch retires, KENTUCKY should hire Vince Tyra.

      Until then, we should all look forward.



  18. CoachCat
    1:46 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    You can call people trolls all you want. Doesn’t make the fact that Wilson hasn’t progressed as a QB. It doesn’t take a expert to see that. His inability to throw the football is the biggest weakness this team has. 18 yards of passing isn’t going to beat many teams. Turning the ball over twice in the first two series won’t either.



  19. UKFootballYall
    2:02 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    Terry is an absolute detriment to this offense and it’s going to drive a wedge between our team, if it hasn’t already, if he keeps playing. They are tired of busting their butts only to have him play at such an unacceptably subpar level. Wake up coaches, if you keep him in this season is going to unravel fast. Hopefully they listened to Benny’s postgame comments, he is getting tired of this crap too!



  20. UKfanman01
    2:40 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    Oh yeah, Florida is ahead of UK too. The same team that lost to UK. Of course rankings are all about names