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Kentucky Debuts in the Top Ten of the College Football Playoff Rankings

For the first time in school history, Kentucky is in the College Football Playoff rankings.  On the outside of the top ten in the AP (11th) and Coaches’ Poll (12), the Cats make their first ever appearance in the College Football Playoff rankings at No. 9.

“You have to be impressed with what Kentucky has done,” Kirk Herbstreit said on ESPN’s rankings show.

Kentucky is ranked ahead of Ohio State and is just behind Washington State and Oklahoma.  Kentucky has played three teams in the Top 25 — No. 20 Texas A&M, No. 18 Mississippi State and No. 11 Florida. Saturday’s opponent, Georgia, is ranked No. 6.

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The first Top 25 rankings in the fifth year of the College Football Playoff system, this poll dramatically differs from the AP or Coaches’ Poll.  These rankings are complied by 13 members of the selection committee and are not based off future projections, only a team’s resume to this point.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

53 Comments for Kentucky Debuts in the Top Ten of the College Football Playoff Rankings



  1. Shidler8684
    7:19 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    What was the highest Louisville ever got to?



    • EXPLODINGLAZER
      7:40 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      They got up to 5th during the 2016 season before the Houston game where they got their butts kicked



    • Miller45
      12:44 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

      Followed by a bowl beat down by lsu



    • runningunnin.454
      7:50 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      And they were ranked #3 in the AP; I do believe somebody else kicked their butts after Houston. Correct me if I’m mistaken.



    • Mathlete
      6:49 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

      It was during the pre-BCS era, but they were also ranked #3 in 2006 late in the season



    • SanDiegoDave
      9:56 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

      UK debuts at #9 and you lead off with a UL comment. This is exactly what burns me about some of the troll on this site. I couldn’t give a rat’s ass less about UL. Stay on point, moron. UK is ranked #9 late in the season and is a few days away from playing its biggest game in a VERY long time. Go Cats!



  2. runningunnin.454
    7:21 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    Up there where the air is rarefied.



  3. terwilliger
    7:25 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    They should build a statue of Stoops. 100% seriousness. What this guy had to work with when he got here (his FIRST head coaching gig, mind you), not to mention the sorry, miserable history of our football program… I don’t care what Mitch pays him… if he continues to recruit and coach at this level, it’s worth it. God bless you coach Stoops, you have made this the best college football season of my 35 year old life.



    • Blue Bill
      7:27 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      I’m with ya. The haters need to go away! Stoops is the man here, as long as he wants it.



    • bigbluebanana
      7:44 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      The haters are hiding! Bigolblue and combatmedic98 are conspicuously quiet since after our latest win. Before, they were all over every post running their mouths, they’re busy consoling each other



    • CombatMedic_98
      4:12 pm October 31, 2018 Permalink

      LOL



    • gasman01
      7:31 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      Well said. Make sure House and Marrow are well paid also!!



    • ClairsyDarsiy
      7:58 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      Here, Here!



    • 4everUKblue
      8:17 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      After we beat Mizzou combatmedic/slater told me I was in the minority of those who believe Terry is the best QB and Stoops was the man. Neither him or Bigolblue have been right about anything.



    • CombatMedic_98
      4:12 pm October 31, 2018 Permalink

      LOL…



    • cats646
      9:54 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      I’m with ya!!!! Coach stoops is already a legend!!



    • Miller45
      12:47 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

      HEAR! HEAR! Seriously though this is the house that stoops built, his program, the player’s team, why not



    • Wade
      1:20 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

      We got 1 chip and this year we could get 2. ga only has 2. I know I’m talking crazy but we’re pretty good! We beat ga were #6 I bet. Moving on up to the east side to a deluxe apartment in the skyyyyy. Yea go cats!



  4. CKTermy23
    7:43 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    Still don’t understand how Washington State is still ranked ahead of us.



    • KYcats11
      7:54 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      You are not alone.



    • bluegrassstu
      7:59 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      BIG BLUE 23 the dawgs 20. GO CATS.



    • mashburnfan1
      8:10 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      Ype…When everyone was complaining about not being top 10 on Sunday I wrote the only poll that matters is this one and we would be 8 or 9. Wasg St has played 1 good team and should not be 8 but IF we beat UGA we will jump them, UGA and LSU {if they lose to Bama} and be at least 6th. Not going to look past that as like the team lets go 1 game at a time, Beat UGA and get to 5th or 6th depending on who else loses.



    • foamfinger
      8:05 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

      WSU is a more well rounded team than we are. Obviously, their defense isn’t as dominant as UK’s, but it is serviceable enough with how much they can score on offense against most competition. We would make a big jump if Wilson can stay at a 200-250 passing yards per game level.



  5. Jesus H. Chrysler
    7:52 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    It’s a sign…9 National BB Championships this year?!



  6. davis2319
    7:59 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    And the crazy thing is, is we control our own destiny. To even be able to say that this time of year is special, regardless of what happens the rest of the way out. Super proud to be apart of the BBN right now.



  7. davis2319
    8:11 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    And yeah the Washington State thing blows my mind. Don’t understand that at all. PAC 12 is BAD.



    • DelrayCat
      7:11 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

      That’s a very good football team. Could beat anyone in the country not named Alabama. Mike Leech is a heck of an offensive mind.



  8. Gus Chiggins
    8:19 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    Who’s the guy who took shot at UK during the broadcast??



  9. angscot1
    8:44 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    Should be ranked in front of Oklahoma as well.



  10. Alleykat16
    8:54 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    Clay Travis called BBN idiots for thinking our WILDCATS are good. But I’ll tell you he’s the idiot

    • Ignore the clown. If you react to him he thinks “Yes! Mission accomplished!”



    • theamateurbrewer
      1:07 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

      I wish I had ignored him instead of tweeting while I was mad. Now he wants to bet 100 grand on Georgia beating us and I definitely don’t have that kind of money.



    • Matt10
      3:56 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

      Who’s Clay Travis? Seriously.



    • 4everUKblue
      7:56 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

      I had no idea who he was either.



  11. cathatter
    9:06 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    Beat Georgia – problem solved!

  12. Somebody pinch me.



  13. blueblue
    9:17 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    If we are able to beat Georgia this weekend, then let’s root for Alabama to beat LSU and Penn St to beat Michigan. If all that happens, we’ll check in at #4 in the CFP next week.



    • ukcamel
      4:58 pm October 31, 2018 Permalink

      No, we should be rooting for LSU so that we play them instead of Bama in the SECCG. That is our best path to the playoff. Not that LSU isn’t a dominant team, but they aren’t Bama.



  14. jaws2
    9:50 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    UCF might beat 2 teams in that poll. MIGHT!



    • BluKudzu
      9:50 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

      Only team in there that has zero victories over teams .500 or better.



  15. cats646
    9:56 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    #beatthedawgs!!!!!!!!



  16. cats646
    10:10 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    This is a dream come true



  17. WildCatBlue2008
    5:25 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

    No matter Saturday or the rest of the season…. This year in Kentucky football will be the one remembered for generations.



  18. UKfanman01
    5:40 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

    Tbh UK has better wins than any team in the top 10, aside from Notre dame and LSU



    • BluKudzu
      9:48 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

      LSU lost to Florida.
      Just saying.



  19. HoosierCatfan
    5:55 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

    Honestly, I’m surprised the spread on this game is this high. We dominated Florida in the swamp. We dominated South Carolina, and Miss. St. I don’t think anyone could argue that we didn’t look like the better team at Texas A&M. Our defense completely shuts down teams similar to the way the Ravens defense did during their Super Bowl run. To hold who many people projected as the top QB in this class to 8 straight 3 and outs? I still can’t believe it. Georgia can’t stop the run. We’re at home, that stadium is going to be CRAZY! If we pound them with the run and can hit a few shots to our playmakers when they over commit to the run, I think we can absolutely beat Georgia. GO CATS!



  20. DelrayCat
    7:13 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

    The thing is…most of these other teams are what they are. They’re not getting worlds better by the end of the year. UK is different. They have SOOO such room for growth on offense. I just hope the defense doesn’t collapse by then.



  21. clarks
    8:25 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

    notre dame is traveling to northwestern who is playing really well right now. the qb who got hurt against us last year started slow but is coming on and their defense is solid.



  22. clarks
    8:30 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

    i have been on stoops bandwagon from day one. equal or better record every year he has been here even though next year will be a step back a little with so many graduating but still lots of very good talent coming back. he has built it the right way to have sustained success.we are not going away anytime soon.



  23. clarks
    8:33 am October 31, 2018 Permalink

    he was a rookie head coach that has grown as the program has grown.dont know how we as kentucky football fans could expect more.win lose or draw saturday i now have a team to be proud of for years to come.