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Kentucky climbs into Top 10 in national power rankings

© Denny Medley | USATSI

© Denny Medley | USATSI

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.

ESPN’s Chris Low: 10. Kentucky

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.

The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel: 10. Kentucky

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).

CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd: 9. Kentucky

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.

Sports Illustrated’s Scooby Axson: 10. Kentucky

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.

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4 Comments for Kentucky climbs into Top 10 in national power rankings



  1. maximumscott
    10:43 am October 30, 2018 Permalink

    Its obvious they didnt watch the game. “Terry Wilson was benched after not throwing the ball well” if you would have watched, then you would have seen he was efficient all game.



    • UKfanman01
      10:48 am October 30, 2018 Permalink

      Aftertheir win this weekend they’ll be Vegas underdogs to Tenn. Oh and half the ESPN crew will say UK doesnt win a game the rest of the season



    • ukkatzfan
      2:01 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe TW wasn’t benched. Maybe he was rested while the Missouri defense had to continue playing while having to swap defensive styles twice. Once from TW to Gunnar and then back to TW when he came back. Keeping other team off balance is the way to win.



    • henderblue
      2:25 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      What ukkatzfan said ^^^