After three consecutive weeks at No. 8 in the SEC Country Power Poll, Kentucky fell to No. 9 in Sunday’s latest edition after a 42-13 loss at Georgia on Saturday.
The defeat was to be expected. Georgia was bouncing back from a blowout loss against Auburn, but on Saturday the Bulldogs were on the right side of a blowout. Georgia (10-1, 7-1 SEC) checked in at No. 3 in the SEC Country Power Poll behind Alabama and Auburn.
“I was disappointed in the way we played,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Saturday. “We knew we’d have to play a very good football team and we’d have to play some very good football on our end. I really didn’t feel like we did that.”
Kentucky (7-4, 4-4 SEC) finished third in the SEC East, and the Wildcats now will turn their attention to Louisville in the season finale at noon ET Saturday at Kroger Field.
“It’s very important,” Stoops said of the Governor’s Cup matchup. “Just to get another victory and to get our eighth win is big. We haven’t done that in awhile and it’s important for us to play against Louisville — our rival — and play at home and to finish the season.”
Missouri was the team that jumped Kentucky in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll. Kentucky beat Missouri 40-34 on Oct. 7, but the Tigers have reeled off four consecutive victories. Missouri beat Vanderbilt 45-17 on Saturday, and that was enough to put them ahead of Kentucky.
Kentucky was voted as high as No. 6 and as low as No. 11 in the poll, as compiled by 24 voters.
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Your Week 12 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (13 - 1)||312||24||1||1||1|
|2||Auburn (10 - 4)||287||0||2||2||3|
|3||Georgia (13 - 2)||265||0||3||2||3|
|4||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||235||0||4||4||5|
|5||LSU (9 - 4)||220||0||5||4||6|
|6||South Carolina (9 - 4)||180||0||6||5||10|
|7||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||154||0||7||6||13|
|8||Missouri (7 - 6)||138||0||9||6||10|
|9||Kentucky (7 - 6)||132||0||8||6||11|
|10||Florida (4 - 7)||87||0||11||8||13|
|11||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||83||0||10||9||12|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||53||0||12||7||14|
|13||Tennessee (4 - 8)||30||0||14||10||14|
|14||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||8||0||13||13||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Lauren Shute (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)