After the win over Missouri, Kentucky is ranked No. 11 in the AP Poll and No. 12 in the Coaches Poll, but the Cats creeped even higher in the power rankings released by the national media.
According to ESPN, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, and The Athletic, your University of Kentucky Wildcats are a top ten team, adding to the surreality of this special season.
Just like everybody predicted, the SEC East title will go through Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats, despite being anemic offensively, found a way to grind out an improbable comeback win on the road against Missouri and will face Georgia next week at home for the SEC East title. Quarterback Terry Wilson was benched after struggling to throw the football but returned to lead the Wildcats to the victory. This is the first time since 1977 that Kentucky has been assured of a winning record in SEC play.
All hail the Wildcats, who managed to win at Missouri 15-14 on a walk-off Terry Wilson 2-yard touchdown pass that happened to be their only offensive touchdown of the day. Kentucky rallied from a 14-3 deficit thanks to a 67-yard Lynn Bowden Jr. punt return and another dominant performance from linebacker Josh Allen (11 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles).
The Wildcats can absolutely beat Georgia in a winner-take-all game for the SEC East. Their defense will keep it close. Benny Snell will be able to run against a suspect Georgia front. It took a near-miracle at Mizzou but here Kentucky is.
For those wondering how Kentucky came back from a 14–3 deficit with less than six minutes to go, the credit lies with the defense. Missouri, which came in averaging 39 points and 501 yards a game, did not have a single first down in the second half, which opened the door for quarterback Terry Wilson to redeem an awful day with a two-yard walk-off touchdown pass to tight end C.J. Conrad. Lead back Benny Snell was mostly shut down, but receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. picked up the slack, catching 13 passes for 166 yards, and adding a 67-yard punt return score.