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2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Kentucky is ranked (Week 7)

Kentucky was off on Saturday, but the Wildcats managed to climb a rung in the latest edition of the SEC Country Power Poll.

Kentucky checked in at No. 7 in the poll, as compiled by more than two dozen voters. The Wildcats (5-1) were ranked No. 8 in the SEC Country Power Poll last week. Coach Mark Stoops’ squad jumped ahead of Florida this week. The Gators won the head-to-head matchup against UK, but a loss to Texas A&M on Saturday dropped them to 3-3 on the season and No. 8 in this week’s poll.

Next up for Kentucky is a 4 p.m. ET date Saturday at Mississippi State. The Bulldogs check in at No. 6 in the SEC Country Power Poll with a slight voting edge over the Wildcats. Mississippi State (4-2) is coming off a 35-10 win against BYU on Saturday.

Coach Dan Mullen’s squad has faced a gauntlet when it comes to SEC scheduling. Mississippi State had a dominant 37-7 win against LSU earlier this season but was blown out against Georgia and Auburn in its previous two conference contests.

It will be difficult to top the excitement from last season’s Kentucky-Mississippi State matchup, when Cats kicker Austin MacGinnis connected on the winning 51-yard field goal in the final seconds.

Mississippi State is favored by 10 points in this year’s matchup, but Kentucky will be aided by an extra week to prepare and get healthy. Wildcats junior linebacker Jordan Jones, who led the SEC in solo tackles last season, is expected to play against Mississippi State.

The Wildcats nearly cracked the top 25 in both the AP and coaches polls. Kentucky was ranked 30th by the AP and 26th in the coaches poll.

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

Your Week 7 Power Poll rankings

Results are below:

Results are below:

1Alabama (11 - 0)32525111
2Georgia (10 - 1)3000222
3Auburn (9 - 2)2550335
4Texas A&M (7 - 4)2530437
5LSU (8 - 3)2310537
6Mississippi State (8 - 3)17907412
7Kentucky (7 - 4)1650869
8Florida (4 - 6)1610669
9South Carolina (8 - 3)15109610
10Ole Miss (5 - 6)77013913
11Tennessee (4 - 7)670101014
12Arkansas (4 - 7)65012913
13Vanderbilt (4 - 7)320111014
14Missouri (6 - 5)140141014

This week's voters:

Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Blake Morgan
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (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
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)