Kentucky may not have gotten a single vote in the AP Poll following the Florida loss, but the Cats are still in the top 20 of Pro Football Focus’ power rankings. Kentucky dropped two spots to No. 20 in the rankings, which are based on the site’s unique offensive, defensive, and special teams grades. PFF’s Ben Brown says Saturday’s game at Mississippi State is a must-win for the Cats if they want to remain relevant in the SEC.
“If it wasn’t for the reliance on their kicker, the Wildcats could have easily emerged victorious against Florida last Saturday. Kentucky didn’t have the same playmaking ability at quarterback, with Sawyer Smith struggling to fill the shoes of Terry Wilson. Despite decent box score stats, Smith had three turnover-worthy plays and an adjusted completion percentage of just 66.7%. The Wildcats now head to Mississippi State as seven-point road dogs. With just a 33.4% win probability, Kentucky is dangerously close to falling out of relevance quickly in the SEC.”
After losing to Kansas State at home, Mississippi State dropped from No. 16 to No. 22. Here’s how the PFF Top 25 (analytics) compares to the AP Top 25 (opinions) this week:
AP Top 25
PFF Top 25
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