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Kentucky still in Top 20 of PFF’s Power Rankings

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

1 Clemson (57) 1 Clemson
2 Alabama (5) 2 Alabama
3 Georgia 3 Georgia
5 Oklahoma 5 Notre Dame
6 Ohio State 6 Ohio STate
7 Notre Dame 7 Oklahoma
8 Auburn 8 Florida
9 Florida 9 Michigan
10 Utah 10 Auburn
11 Michigan 11 Penn State
12 Texas 12 Iowa
T13 Wisconsin 13 Texas A&M
T13 Penn State 14 Missouri
15 UCF 15 Texas
16 Oregon 16 Washington
17 Texas A&M 17 Utah
18 Iowa 18 Wisconsin
19 Washington State 19 Virginia
20 Boise State 20 Kentucky
21 Virginia 21 Michigan State
22 Washington 22 Mississippi State
23 California 23 Wake Forest
24 Arizona State 24 TCU
25 TCU 25 UCF

[Pro Football Focus]

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3 Comments for Kentucky still in Top 20 of PFF’s Power Rankings

    8:47 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    This makes no sense whatsoever. This team, with a backup QB, and defense that will be neutered all season thanks to the new targeting BS, will be lucky to win 3 more games.

  2. BluKudzu
    5:37 am September 18, 2019 Permalink

    The team is fine.

    The clock control/ground game strategy, and the “non cover two defense” is the problem. (Coaching).

    Florida had the ball far less than UK, but scored more points. Conservative offense and a horrible defense are not really ideal strategies for winning a game.

    UK better figure out how to hang half a hundred on the board, if they have any hope of a winning season in the SEC.

  3. dbcline1
    8:13 pm September 18, 2019 Permalink

    Find a new team cause this team nor fan base needs you.