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Kentucky misses top-ten, moves up to No. 11 in AP Poll

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© Denny Medley | USATSI

Kentucky just got royally screwed by the AP voters.

After a 7-1 start overall and 5-1 in the SEC, the Wildcats moved up just one spot in the AP Poll to No. 11 in the nation.

Jumping them for the No. 10 spot? 7-1 Washington State, who moved up four (4!?!) spots after defeating No. 24 Stanford by a field goal with 19 seconds remaining on Saturday. Their lone loss came against an unranked USC team back in September.

To make matters worse, Ohio State, who is coming off a blowout loss against Purdue and a bye week, moved up three spots in the polls to No. 8. Huh?

As for the Cats, despite losing just one game (against Texas A&M at Kyle Field, nonetheless), they’ll have to wait till next week if they want to make a leap into the top-ten.

Alabama (No. 1), LSU (No. 4), and Georgia (No. 6) are the only SEC schools listed ahead of the Cats. Florida (No. 13), Mississippi State (No. 21), and Texas A&M (No. 25) round out the conference representatives in the top-25.

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Ridiculous.

I guess they’ll just have to win the SEC East next week to convince the voters.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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71 Comments for Kentucky misses top-ten, moves up to No. 11 in AP Poll



  1. ky1988
    2:35 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Kentucky got cheated.



    • 4everUKblue
      2:41 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      It’s been a way of life for decades, it’s us against the world.



    • BigolBlue
      3:53 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      You really think after that game they are top 10??



    • bigbluebanana
      5:24 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Bigolblue is turning into combatmedic98. I bet they swap cookie recipes on Pinterest. Since combatmedic98 has become the go to synonym for poop, let’s make bigolblue a synonym for diarrhea. As in, I had a huge case of bigolblue and broke my toilet. Or, my infant child got a stomach bug and bigolblued all over the wall when I changed his diaper. Again Cat fans, do t address this troll directly, they feed off your frustration. Just call em what they are folks, just another name for turds.



    • Soylentbeans
      6:08 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      What’s wrong with saying we aren’t top 10 after that game?



    • CombatMedic_98
      8:09 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Banana Rama…thank you for mentioning me again in these posts…keep it going! LOVE IT!!!!



    • CombatMedic_98
      8:10 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      No one listens to you, you know that right!?



    • bailey000
      11:26 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Do u think OSU should move up 3 spots when the last thing they did was get slaughtered by Purdue?



    • CombatMedic_98
      8:08 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      I think they are a TOP 10 team since the Florida game but, our offensive production has handicapped us and I have been busting TW a really hard but what I see the issue is NOW is our OC Eddie Gran. This dude WONT let our boys stretch the field unless it’s an EMERGENCY situation. I hope Coach Stoops lays down the law on the Offense like he did the Defense…look where it’s at now!!! TOP of the Nation…if he can get the Offense firing on ALL cylinders we will beat ANY team in the nation.



    • mashburnfan1
      10:00 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Why does anyone care about these polls, they mean NOTHING. The poll that matters will be out Tuesday night, the playoff poll and UK will be in the top 10 although at the end only the top 4 matters.



  2. CKTermy23
    2:35 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Our offense is simply not good enough to be a top 10 team.



    • 4everUKblue
      2:40 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Unless they continue to play like that final drive.



    • Nickerbocker05
      2:44 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      But our defense is a Top 5 Defense tho



    • Perry1987
      2:54 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      ^^^
      I 100% agree with this!!
      We’ve got the top ten talent on defense but I believe our offense is what’s holding us back/ out of being worthy of top ten ranking! Hopefully Terry gained a mountain of confidence after the Mizzou game and it carries over to UGA!!
      Go Cats!!



    • CombatMedic_98
      8:12 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Problem is our super conservative play calling OC Eddie Gran…we are a TOP TEN 10 and have been for weeks but due to our Offensive Production it’s just not comparable until last nights performance. I think this team has shocked the Nation



    • bailey000
      11:28 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Defense is the most important part of a championship football team.



  3. nbarks88
    2:36 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Ohio St up 3 on a bye week after a blowout loss??



    • zoupman
      2:39 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      I agree about Ohio St. what did they do to move up 3 spots. Nothing. 11th is about right for Cats. I just hope if we lose to Ga. they don’t punish too hard.



    • davis2319
      3:12 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      If we do lose to UGA, the punishment will be based on what the loss looks like. If we get run off the field then expect a pretty significant drop. If we lose by a touchdown or less I would expect about a 2 spot drop. If we WIN, expect a pretty significant jump maybe 4 spots to 7th.



  4. HouCat
    2:37 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    My biggest problem is that Ohio St. moved up 3 spots when they were idle…I could understand one spot, but 3!?!



    • Peter Criss
      2:48 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      We moved up spots last week after we were idle on our bye week. When the CFP Rankings come out Tuesday, the AP poll will be irrelevant.



  5. Bigblue7982
    2:38 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    AP won’t matter anymore Tuesday.



  6. gwhittle
    2:40 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Washington state is the hot team right now, and they score a lot of points. So the media loves them. The rankings Tuesday matter more anyway.



  7. Catlogic15
    2:41 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Just win baby



  8. Cmstew502
    2:47 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    That’s some straight up spite right there but it doesn’t matter. Kentucky controls its own fate



  9. BigBlueMeade
    2:49 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Ohio State only has one win over a team with over a .500 record. We have three wins and they all come from the SEC. Our best win was over #13/14UF in the Swamp their best is #13/14Penn St at Penn St. Our best wins are even, but the rest of our resume is so much better than their’s.



    • ScoggDog
      2:53 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Mark Stoops could not be happier.

      Every slight against this team, real or perceived, just makes his job of getting them ready that much easier.

      Nick Saban would pay cash money right now to get these polls to put ‘Bama at Number Two.

      Thanks AP. Keep up the good work.



  10. UKinIN
    2:51 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Didn’t UK also move up during the Bye Week? If UK had played well against Vandy and Missouri this would bother me. Vandy is 4-5 and Missouri is 4-4 and as exciting as last night was UK has not posted emphatic wins over two bad teams.



    • BCO
      4:09 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Both Vandy and Missouri are good teams despite their record. The bottom half of the east is MUCH stronger than the botton of the west. Look no further than what happened yesterday in Fayetteville



  11. deputy305
    2:57 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Even if they win next week, I still think they will get screwed again and will only come in at #10 or not move up at all, even ESPN has made it clear by telling viewer that Kentucky needs to go away



  12. username4
    2:58 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Just remember, UK did jump four spots after their bye week that followed the A&M loss. Not a blowout loss to A&M by any means, but since Ohio State is traditionally the better program, I can see why they would favor them. Does not mean it is right to UK, but it is not correct to say we have not benefitted the same way this year.



    • You Can Call Me Cal
      3:24 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Yes we moved up that many spots on a bye week but that’s because that many teams below us lost, only 2 teams below us and Ohio St lost, yet they move up 4 spots and we move up 1. Honestly, looking at the resumes Washington State has wins against 3 top 25 teams. I’m ok with them jumping us. They should be even higher than Ohio State. But Ohio State should not be above us.



  13. BluKudzu
    3:01 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Perfect position for a team that has a lot to prove.
    Saturday, we shut up those that refuse to believe.
    Georgia is going down, and UK should see a significant move forward in every poll.
    We are are the overall best Defensive team in the country. Once you see it in full gear on Saturday, UK will get the respect they deserve.
    Go Cats.



  14. clarks
    3:02 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    prob 7-8 in tues poll cause they go by schedule. now tied with clemson for #1 scoring defense in nation.old saying goes defense wins championships but u still have to score.



  15. az1006
    3:07 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    The playoff rankings come out this week and trump the AP anyway. Our SOS will likely have us in the 7-9 range there.



  16. davis2319
    3:10 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Again no surprise. We get no respect from anyone. The AP poll showed that this afternoon. I guess we are gonna have to earn that top 10 spot the hard way! Keep doubting us! More fuel on the fire!



  17. davis2319
    3:10 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    And anyone who complains about our offense not being a top 10 offense, well our defense is a top 5 defense which should even it out.



  18. Lip Man 1
    3:13 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Reputation and the fact that they are winning but not very impressively.



  19. CKTermy23
    3:14 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    We suck we are severely overrated we should have 5 losses and have only won because of luck. Our defense while elite isn’t elite enough I wanted our defense to hit them so hard that opposing players literally die on contract I want to see fatalities. Our OC is crap. We are way to conservative on offense and we have a horrendous quarterback in Terry “Terrible” Wilson. Just face the facts we are huge pertenders who are still pertending and Georgia will expose us in a monster blowout next week. It true it’s damn true and it hurts.



    • Skooms
      3:29 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      I really hope that’s some major sarcasm. Oh and your grammar is utterly horrible. Have a nice day.



    • njCat
      4:03 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Nice spelling. lol



    • cats646
      4:37 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Hey Combatmedic, we sniffed you out, bi%#h.



    • bigbluebanana
      5:31 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Note the troll in his natural habitat. Anonymous Internet forums are a great place for the troll. He receives all of his nutrition for every person that acknowledges him. Note the Doritos stained fingers and stylishly brimmed fedora. The troll sustains himself also on a steady diet of Mountain Dew and hot pockets, you can see the end result of such a diet from the scat, or combatmedic98 left on the ground.



    • henderblue
      9:24 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      bigbluebanana, you’re a genius. I Combatmedic98ed my pants reading this.



    • CombatMedic_98
      12:08 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

      Yep the three TURDS are at it again…you all are at STALKER FAN mode now…maybe not soo many of you at one time…break it up to one of you all mentioning my name every 10 posts or so…not Three-Four in a row!!! Thanks guys.



  20. KyZoneBlitz
    3:24 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    It is utterly ridiculous that with a 7-1 record, a 5-1 conference record and that conference being the SEC (In Case the Voters forgot!), wins over 2 ranked teams, both of those wins coming by atleast 2 scores, a 2-1 road record, including a win on the road against a team that was just ranked in the top-10 in Florida and still sits at 13th. With our only loss coming @A&M, AT NIGHT, by 1 score in overtime…. and A&M’s only losses have been to ranked teams in Bama, Clemson and Miss. state (Who UK Beat!) That on a night when we pull some magic for a victory ON THE ROAD, 6 ranked teams lose, including 2 in front of us, that instead of moving up to ATLEAST 10th (Which was my original guess for our ranking because how dare these Voters place us at 8th in the country, lol, not lile we haven’t earned it) we get jumped by a mediocre pac-12 Washington state, and can’t in return then jump a team on their bye week that had been BLOWN OUT before BY A below average .500 TEAM IN Purdue.



  21. Trueblue44
    3:30 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Totally fine with this. This team uses being slighted as motivation so keep it coming. They work better that way. Hell, make us 20 point underdogs against Georgia while you’re at it. Loving this team and waited 41 years to see this special season



  22. bluegrassstu
    3:30 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    The rankings dont matter, there isnt a team that can beat Alabama. The only thing that matters is who is the best, every other team that isnt natty champs, sucks. How long until Nicky Satan retires anyhow?



  23. jaws2
    3:41 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    I’m not sure why anyone that’s been around a while would expect us to be ranked higher. We’ve never been respected in football AND we’re Kentucky. All you have to do is look at preseason rankings every year and see teams ranked because of who they’ve been, not who they’ll be in the season. Sickening, but that’s how it is.



  24. angscot1
    3:45 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    UCF 9TH? who in the HELL have they played? 1 power 5 team? A crappy Pitt team at that! Ohio State moving up? After a blowout to Perdue? Give me a break.



    • BigBlue4Three
      3:53 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Yea, Ohio State getting blown out by a package of chicken breast is pretty bad.



  25. BigolBlue
    3:53 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Yes. This



  26. east-ky-boy
    4:04 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Ya know, I was talking to a friend and he made a decent point. We said Wilson has the intangibles to be a good qb and from time to time we see a glimpse of why they start him. He said maybe the reason he isn’t consistent is he overthinks and don’t trust himself. So here’s my point, he said that a more hurry up style offense keeps him from overthinking and then in return REACTING. Example: the final drive. Maybe we should mix in some hurry up to get him some rhythm? Just a thought



    • ClutchCargo
      4:28 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      I agree with this. But it would be a hard sell to defensive minded coach like Stoops. The possibility of quick 3 and outs and the defense spending too much time on the field is probably a huge negative to him.



    • east-ky-boy
      4:37 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      True



    • bigbluebanana
      5:33 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Both great points. It would be fun to watch IF Wilson could sustain long drives and keep our defense on the bench.



    • CombatMedic_98
      12:10 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

      No one responds to your posts…Ha ha ha!



    • east-ky-boy
      6:54 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

      You just did



  27. KyZoneBlitz
    4:21 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    It is utterly ridiculous that with a 7-1 record, a 5-1 record in the SEC, wins over 2 ranked teams by atleast 2 scores, including a win on the road @ Florida who was just ranked in the top-10 and still sits at 13th, (And it’s a very strong possibility they might win out, finishing 10-2, think about that), a 2-1 road record with our only loss of the season coming from A&M and @A&M (AT NIGHT, in one of the hardest places to play in the country) losing by 1 score in overtime. Of course when 6 ranked teams lose, including 2 ranked ahead of us, instead of giving us our due, and placing us about 8th/9th (Which is where I think we should be ranked), not even 10th which is where I thought we would slide in. Instead of that, we move up just. One. Spot. Getting jumped by a mediocre pac12 washing state who has 1 win over an overrated Standford, and lost to unranked Oregon. Plus the suckeyes, after getting pounded @Purdue (The same place Drew Lock and the tigers went and came out victorious) they then get their bye week, and with the last vision of their play, getting smashed by an average to decent Purdue team, they move up to 8th on their bye week!! Coming off a blowout loss to an unranked team. Wow, keep it up, it only makes us stronger!!



  28. Shively1978
    4:49 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    No PAC 12 team deserves to be ranked in the top 10. They should even be a power 5 anymore there conference is shit now.



  29. ReedyCreekBuc
    5:02 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    The only poll that matters is the playoff poll.



  30. Wynn
    5:19 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Lmao you do realize that the playoff rankings are coming out Tuesday right? Literally none of this matters



  31. michaelb
    5:52 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Should be ranked 10th. We really got snubbed



  32. Shively1978
    6:12 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Will get screwed in it to. Missouri and Vanderbilt would beat any PAC 12 team. What was suppose to be there best team has lost 3 games. Oregon who was ranked lost by 29 yesterday.



  33. dbcline1
    6:28 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    People saying this team doesn’t deserve to be in the top 10 is ridiculous! I don’t care how ‘UGLY OR NOT PRETTY’ this win was, IT WAS HUGE! We gave up 49 freakin yards and 0 first downs in the second half to a team that averages 38 points a game! Our O didn’t look good in the first half but the second half was fine and Wilson played great as well! Along with others! We beat UF at home and beat other good SEC teams too. U guys need to find a new team IMO! WE SHOULD BE AT LEAST #9 where UF was !!!



  34. dbcline1
    6:31 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    ScoggDog I agree!



  35. dbcline1
    6:35 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    CKTermy23 u do not know what ur talking about obviously! We should’ve lost 5 games?!!! BAHAHAHAHA DUMBEST THING IVE READ ALL DAY!!!



  36. Ridge Runner
    6:41 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    We’ll beat UGA & drop 2 spots.



  37. notFromhere
    7:34 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    MOtivAtion! Survive and advance. Get better at what YOU do. Everything else takes care of itself.



  38. Cats N Pats
    7:17 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

    Screw it. Win next and they will be top 7. Nothing to see here other than a little more extra motivation propelling us the SEC championship!



  39. KYJelly
    10:08 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

    Imagine where we’d be if Gran hadn’t muffed the A&M game. We’d prolly be Top 5 or knocking on the door. Crazy