By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky’s 5-0 start has vaulted the Wildcats from unranked and unloved going into the season to No. 13 in this week’s Associated Press ranking.
This Saturday’s game at Texas A&M will also be the prime-time game on ESPN as kickoff has been confirmed for 7 p.m. It will be Kentucky’s first ESPN game — the Cats have been on ESPN2, ESPNU — since a 41-38 win over Louisville in 2016.
Kentucky is 5-0 in SEC play for the first time since 2007 — the same year it beat eventual national champion LSU in overtime. The Cats are off to a 3-0 start in SEC play for the first time since 1977 when they finished 10-1 under coach Fran Curci and a perfect 6-0 in SEC play. The only loss was 21-6 at Baylor in game two.
How good has Kentucky been?
Josh Allen leads the SEC in sacks with six and tackles for loss with 10.5. Darius West is tops in the SEC in passes defended with seven and Benny Snell leads in rushing yards with 664, rushing touchdowns with eight and runs of 20 or more yards with eight.
If that’s not enough, Kentucky is also third nationally in scoring defense.
Barrett Sallee of CBSSports.com lavished praise on Snell Sunday and says there’s no doubt Kentucky has emerged as a legitimate threat to Georgia in the SEC East.