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Kentucky back in AP top 25 at No. 17

Kentucky can now celebrate being back in the top 25. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Not only is Kentucky back in the national football rankings for the first time in 11 years, but the Cats came back in with a bang at No. 17 in this week’s Associated Press poll thanks to Saturday night’s 28-7 win over Mississippi State.

Kentucky is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2008 and more importantly is 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play — with a win over Florida to end a 31-year losing streak — for the first time since 1977 going into this Saturday night’s game with South Carolina — a team UK has beat four straight times.

“There’s nothing cocky about this team, but they absolutely expected to play like this and that’s the way they prepared and that’s the way they’re going about their business and that’s what I love about this team,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Saturday night.

South Carolina is not ranked but is coming off an impressive win at Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks, who opened the season at No. 24, are not ranked now but did receive votes in this week’s poll. South Carolina’s only loss this year is to No. 2 Georgia.

AP TOP 25

1. Alabama (60)

2. Georgia

3. Clemson (1)

4. Ohio State

5. LSU

6. Oklahoma

7. Stanford

8. Notre Dame

9. Penn State

10. Auburn

11. Washington

12. West Virginia

13. UCF

14. Michigan

15. Wisconsin

16. Miami

17. Kentucky

18. Texas

19. Oregon

20. BYU

21. Michigan State

22. Duke

23. Mississippi State

24. California

25. Texas Tech

Others receiving votes: Colorado 83, Boise St. 58, Virginia Tech 55, South Florida 50, Oklahoma St. 44, Texas A&M 41, Iowa 31, South Carolina 31, Florida 29, NC State 28, Syracuse 25, TCU 24, North Texas 10, Cincinnati 10, Utah 9, Mississippi 7, Missouri 7, Buffalo 6, Maryland 6, San Diego St. 5, Arizona St. 4.

1 comment

  1. No. 17, Awesome! Well deserved. Now stay hungry Cats. Get ready for the “Gamecocks!” They will be focused after your streak against them. Get after that bunch who will try and steal your glory. Don’t be denied, it is your turn!

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