Brian Pedersen of Bleacher Report takes time every week to rank each team in college football and this week he has the Cats on the rise. Before the Florida loss, UK had peaked at #49 but after beating Missouri they have found themselves reaching new heights. Here’s how the Cats and their remaining opponents stack up:
3. Georgia (4-0), even
23. Mississippi State (3-1), up 6
40. Tennessee (2-2), down 13
43. Auburn (2-2), down 13
46. Kentucky (3-1), up 12
Kentucky (3-1, 2-1 SEC) has emerged from its early stretch of league competition with mostly good results–the victory over Missouri helping to make up for the offensive shortcomings the week before in losing to Florida.
The Wildcats offense still isn’t getting much in terms of explosive plays, with only eight runs of at least 20 yards and 12 passes that have netted at least 25 yards. Strong defensive effort has lessened this issue, with Kentucky 333.3 yards and 16.3 points per game in SEC play.
57. Louisville (1-3), up 5
79. Vanderbilt (1-3), up 4
126. Charlotte (2-2), even
[Bleacher Report: College Football Power Rankings for Week 5]
While I usually agree with Pederson’s rankings from week-to-week, he loses major credibility by saying we don’t have many explosive plays. Last time I checked Kentucky ranked 6th in the nation in explosive plays with 10% of the playcalls going for at least 20 yards. Regardless, it’s positive to see the boys in blue keep on closing in on those remaining opponents. After posting a 3-1 record in September maybe a 3-1 October is looming on Kentucky’s horizon.