The Big Ten’s decision to play this fall led to a reshuffling of college football rankings over the weekend. Kentucky stayed in the Top 25 of the AP Poll at No. 23, but fell out of the Coaches Poll, dropping to the first team receiving votes. ESPN’s Chris Low kept Kentucky in his weekly Power Rankings, but dropped them from No. 17 to No. 24.
“Replacing a player as dynamic as Lynn Bowden Jr. will be a challenge, but the Wildcats are optimistic they will be more balanced on offense if quarterback Terry Wilson can stay healthy after tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee last season. Some new faces need to emerge at wide receiver, and Josh Ali is somebody who could really come on during his senior season. Finding consistency in the passing game will be important, because Mark Stoops has done a terrific job of getting the Wildcats SEC-ready on the line of scrimmage.”
Eight SEC teams remain in the Top 25 after five Big Ten teams were added. Auburn, Saturday’s opponent, dropped from No. 10 to No. 15.
“The Tigers lost a lot of good players in the secondary from a year ago, so it wasn’t just in the defensive line where they had some key personnel losses. But keep an eye on junior safety Jamien Sherwood, who has been hard to miss this preseason in Kevin Steele’s defense. Sherwood’s first start last season came at LSU, where he had 10 tackles and recovered a fumble. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Sherwood could be one of the top breakout defenders in the league this season.”
Other Kentucky opponents in the Power Rankings: 1. Alabama, 6. Georgia, 7. Florida, and 22. Tennessee. To see the entire list, click the link below.