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Vince Marrow on the first AP Top 25 poll: “This is a joke”

Kentucky football was not included in the debut of the preseason AP Top 25, and Vince Marrow is not happy about it.

Despite Big Ten and Pac-12 schools not playing this fall, the Associated Press encourages voters to include all FBS teams in their rankings, regardless of when they are scheduled to play. As a result, nine teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12 made the preseason AP Top 25, while Kentucky’s 20 votes left them nine spots away from reaching the top 25.

Regardless of who was included or how the voting was done, Marrow believes the debut rankings are a “joke,” specifically inside the SEC.

“This is a joke but time will tell very soon. Go Big Blue,” said Marrow.

In the initial rankings, seven SEC teams were included, including three inside the SEC East.

Here are the complete rankings, along with the other programs receiving votes:

1 Clemson 2 1.520 (38)
2 Ohio State 2 1,504 (21)
3 Alabama 8 1,422 (2)
4 Georgia 4 1270
5 Oklahoma 7 1269
6 LSU 1 1186 (1)
7 Penn State 9 1147
8 Florida 6 1125
9 Oregon 5 1119
10 Notre Dame 12 995
11 Auburn 14 990
12 Wisconsin 11 840
13 Texas A&M 764
14 Texas 25 703
15 Oklahoma State 672
16 Michigan 18 611
17 USC 534
18 North Carolina 496
19 Minnesota 10 451
20 Cincinnati 21 234
21 UCF 24 229
22 Utah 16 211
23 Iowa State 199 199
24 Iowa 15 134
25 Tennessee 133

Others receiving votes: Memphis 86, Virginia Tech 85, Boise State 68, Arizona State 66, Miami (FL) 42, Louisville 32, Appalachian State 26, Washington 21, Kentucky 20, Indiana 19, Baylor 15, California 11, TCU 9, Virginia 7, Navy 6, Florida State 6, SMU 3, Mississippi State 3, Air Force 3, Northwestern 1, UAB 1

Once games begin, the AP will only rank teams who have taken the field. As pollsters explained, at its heart, the AP Poll is supposed to be based on performance, while the preseason poll is a speculative snapshot of the season. The same will apply to All-American teams: all players are eligible in the preseason, but those who have opted out or cannot play will not be under consideration at the end of the year.

Until we see games played and the Cats move up the rankings, though, the Big Dog ain’t happy.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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9 Comments for Vince Marrow on the first AP Top 25 poll: “This is a joke”

  1. UKgrad80
    9:39 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Bulletin board material!!

  2. BigBluSoTru
    10:47 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    No reason in hell we are not above Auburn too be honest with our talent no less three way wth Lsu and Fl and us.

  3. csnailnrun
    11:00 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Flush puke orange

  4. Bluebloodtoo
    5:52 am August 25, 2020 Permalink

    The AP writers depend too much on name recognition. You see the expert rankings have given UK love all through the pre season.

    • KYhammer
      8:47 am August 25, 2020 Permalink

      Doesn’t explain why Louisville got more votes than us. Certainly one heisman winner from 2016 doesn’t give them name recognition that UK doesn’t have, right?

  5. mashburnfan1
    9:52 am August 25, 2020 Permalink

    Don’t know why so many people worry about worthless rankings, is really bad in bball. Only ones that matter in FB are BCS. Plus if we don’t look so bad beating bad teams, and win games we are supposed to we would have lots more respect. Even the 10 win season we struggle to beat Vandy at home. Lose badly to UT. Last year look terrible vs USC, MSU and UT. You earn respect and we are getting there, just take care of business. Got a great opportunity this year to do just that.

    • WKY Cat
      11:48 am August 25, 2020 Permalink

      Because they are not worthless. Players in HS are well aware of which programs are consistently ranked in the top 20 so it impacts recruiting. Name recognition is big to kids.

  6. az1006
    2:09 pm August 25, 2020 Permalink

    Rankings don’t mean much, but the logic behind Louisville being ranked higher than us is non-existent. We’ve had higher-ranked recruiting classes in the last 3 cycles, we return the bulk of our offense (besides Bowden) and actually have quarterbacks this year (assuming they stay healthy). We have one of the best offensive lines in the country, and return virtually our entire defense (that was one of the most productive in the country, last season). All that…AND we’ve blown the doors off UofL the last two seasons. They’re trending up, no question…But so are we. And we’ve had recent success to suggest that’s more of a trend than a flash.

    Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter. We’ll prove it on the field, and they’ll have to give us our due after we do.

  7. panicpat
    12:37 am August 26, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t understand all the love given to Louisville. They’ve been horrible the last 2 years