The new AP Top 25 rankings are in, and after defeating then-no. 14 ranked Mississippi State on Saturday 28-7, the Kentucky Wildcats sit in at no. 17. Undefeated (4-0) and 2-0 in SEC play, this is the first time since 2007 that Kentucky has appeared in the AP Top 25. The Bulldogs dropped to no. 23.
Shortly before the AP rankings came out, it was announced that Kentucky appeared in this week’s Coaches Poll after their big win Saturday. The Cats sit at no. 17 in that one, as well.
Their win against Mississippi State gave the Cats their first 2-0 start in SEC play since the 1977 team went undefeated in league competition. It also gave UK its first win over a top-15 team at home since upsetting top-ranked LSU in three overtimes, 43-37, which was in 2007.
Kentucky’s next opponent, South Carolina, received 52 votes in the Coaches Poll, which puts them at 33rd. The Gamecocks are not ranked in the AP poll, but received 31 votes. This’ll make for the first SEC game this season where the Cats will likely enter as the favorite to win.
UK vs. South Carolina is set for Saturday in Lexington at 7:30 p.m.