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Kentucky suffered its second and worst loss of the season on Saturday: a 45-7 blowout at Mississippi State.

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Kentucky is ranked (Week 8)

Kentucky was drilled 45-7 at Mississippi State on Saturday, and the result dropped the Wildcats two rungs in the latest edition of the SEC Country Power Poll.

Kentucky checked in at No. 9 in the latest SEC Country Power Poll, as compiled by 25 voters. The Cats were ranked No. 7 in our poll last week.

“There’s nowhere for them to run and nowhere to hide,” coach Mark Stoops said after Kentucky’s 38-point loss. “They whooped us. That’s the way it is. You’ve got to accept it.”

Mississippi State held steady at No. 6 in the poll after the dominant win. The Bulldogs outgained the Wildcats 441-260 on Saturday in Starkville. Kentucky was pushed around on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald rushed for 115 yards on almost 10 yards per carry against the Cats. He accounted for 3 touchdowns.

“We all have to look at ourselves in the mirror and look at every aspect of our situation and see where we get better, starting with me,” Stoops said.

RELATED: Report card from Kentucky’s loss to Mississippi State

Kentucky (5-2, 2-2 SEC) has to regroup for what looks to be a winnable game next Saturday against Tennessee. The Volunteers (3-4, 0-4 SEC) were blown out 45-7 at Alabama on Saturday, and they haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in the last month.

Tennessee is ranked No. 10 in the SEC Country Power Poll this week.

Kentucky will have to overcome history against the Vols, who hold a 79-24-9 edge in the series, but the Cats opened Sunday night as 5.5-point favorites for a game set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Kroger Field.

RELATED: Frustration spills over in loss to Mississippi State

“Like I tell you every week when I’m in here: That’s the beautiful thing, you’ve got every seven days to go prove yourself, win or lose,” Stoops said after the Mississippi State game.

Check back here every Sunday for the latest installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.

Your Week 8 Power Poll rankings

Results are below:

RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST PLACE
VOTES
PREVHIGH
VOTE
LOW
VOTE
1Alabama (11 - 0)32525111
2Georgia (10 - 1)2990223
3Auburn (9 - 2)2630325
4LSU (8 - 3)2320537
5Texas A&M (7 - 4)2320437
6Mississippi State (8 - 3)2150649
7Florida (4 - 6)1740858
8South Carolina (8 - 3)14209610
9Kentucky (7 - 4)1400779
10Tennessee (4 - 7)760111013
11Ole Miss (5 - 6)720101014
12Arkansas (4 - 7)51012814
13Vanderbilt (4 - 7)47013914
14Missouri (6 - 5)70141214

This week's voters:

Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Blake Morgan
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Jeff Sentell (DawgNation)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Bambach
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Nick Suss
Pete Scantlebury
Ryan Young
Sam Spiegelman
Sam Spiegelman
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)