LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky was only ahead of Vanderbilt in last week’s SEC Country Power Poll, but the Wildcats flip flopped spots with South Carolina after Saturday’s result.
Kentucky (2-2, 1-1 SEC) moved to 12th in the poll after stifling South Carolina 17-10 at Commonwealth Stadium — the program’s third win in a row against the Gamecocks.
The poll consists of 22 voters, including ones from SEC Country and around the nation.
The victory evened Kentucky’s record after an 0-2 start. South Carolina fell from 12th to 13th in the poll with the loss.
Kentucky now faces the toughest task of any team in the country this week with a 7 p.m. date Saturday at Alabama. The Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0 SEC) hold the top spot in the AP Poll and SEC Country Poll.
Alabama came from behind at Ole Miss for a 48-43 win in Week 3 — the only SEC foe the Crimson Tide have faced. Coach Nick Saban’s squad rolled to a 48-0 win Saturday against Kent State.
It’ll be the first matchup between Kentucky and Alabama since a 48-7 Crimson Tide win in 2013. Kentucky has two wins in 39 tries against Alabama in a series that dates back to 1917.
If Kentucky comes back from Tuscaloosa, Ala., in one piece, two favorable home games separated by an off week will await coach Mark Stoops’ team — an Oct. 8 contest against Vanderbilt and an Oct. 22 matchup with Mississippi State.
Check back next week to see the Week 5 installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Through Week 4Results are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||286||22||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||262||0||2||2||3|
|3||Tennessee (9 - 4)||234||0||4||2||5|
|4||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||227||0||7||2||5|
|5||Florida (9 - 4)||182||0||5||4||8|
|6||Arkansas (7 - 6)||176||0||3||4||9|
|7||Auburn (8 - 5)||147||0||9||5||9|
|8||Georgia (8 - 5)||137||0||6||6||9|
|9||LSU (8 - 4)||131||0||8||6||9|
|10||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||72||0||10||10||12|
|11||Missouri (4 - 8)||69||0||11||10||14|
|12||Kentucky (7 - 6)||46||0||13||10||14|
|13||South Carolina (6 - 7)||23||0||12||11||14|
|14||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||10||0||14||11||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks (The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Ben Wait (Columbus Commercial Dispatch)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Michael Bonner (Clarion-Ledger)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton (Austin American-Statesman)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)