LEXINGTON — Kentucky moved up one spot in this week’s Associated Press football poll released Sunday. The Wildcats are now No. 13, behind Central Florida and Penn State.
Kentucky (5-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) is coming off a 28-10 victory over South Carolina and received 707 votes in this week’s poll. The Wildcats are one of six SEC teams ranked in the Top 25 this week.
“I love this group and it’s routine now,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Saturday. “We’re always striving for that perfect game and it’s probably unrealistic, but the guys are really practicing in a good way. And we’ve talked a lot about, that obedience equals rewards.”
The league has three teams in the Top 10, led by Alabama in the top slot, followed by Georgia, Ohio State, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Auburn, West Virginia, and Washington.
Kentucky is one of 12 ranked teams that are undefeated so far this season.
Ohio State made the biggest movement in the poll at No. 3, followed by Notre Dame, which leaped to No. 6. The Buckeyes rallied for an exciting 27-26 win over Penn State Saturday, while Notre Dame rolled to a 38-17 win over No. 14 Stanford.
Overall, seven ranked teams lost last week and five teams dropped out of the poll. BYU, Duke, Mississippi State, California, and Texas Tech are each unranked this week. Mississippi State, which dropped its first two SEC games, fell out of the poll for the first time this season.
Florida leaped back into the poll and is at No. 22 after beating Mississippi State last weekend. Colorado, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State are newcomers to the Top 25 this week.