That picture of Darian Kinnard is a mood today, because Kentucky has been dropped from the Coaches Poll top-25 list ahead of its first-week matchup with Auburn. The Wildcats came in at No. 20 last week, but the welcoming of the Big Ten back into the college football fold knocked UK out of this week’s rankings. The Cats did receive 146 votes.
The Big Ten was included this week following the conference’s decision to move forward with an eight-game, conference-only schedule starting the weekend of October 24. Five teams from the conference made it into the top-25, which explains how Kentucky dropped several spots without playing a game. Ohio State came in at No. 10, Penn State at No. 13, Wisconsin at No. 17, Michigan at No. 19 and Minnesota at No. 22. Seven SEC teams were included.
Here’s a look at the complete list:
Along with the Cats, Louisville, Appalachian State, Baylor and Army also dropped out of these rankings this week. The Cardinals were ranked No. 16 last week, but a loss to Miami and the addition of the Big Ten knocked the Cards out of the top-25. They received 53 votes. Teams receiving votes were:
Kentucky 146; Pittsburgh 140; Army 121; Baylor 57; Louisville 53; Southern Methodist 42; West Virginia 41; Marshall 40; Iowa 39; Texas Christian 26; Virginia 24; South Carolina 22; Boston College 20; Appalachian State 12; Mississippi 10; Mississippi State 7; Arkansas St. 6; NC State 5; Nebraska 4; Georgia Tech 4; Coastal Carolina 4; Air Force 3; Louisiana Tech 2.
The AP poll will also be released Sunday afternoon, although it’s likely to have similar rankings.
The Cats like being underdogs anyway, right?