LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky inched up a spot in the SEC Country Power Poll after an expected loss Saturday against Alabama.
The Wildcats (2-3, 1-2 SEC) slipped ahead of Missouri in the poll to No. 11 after a 34-6 loss to the Crimson Tide in Bryant-Denny Stadium — the first Kentucky-Alabama matchup in Tuscaloosa, Ala., since 2008.
The poll consists of 21 voters, including ones from SEC Country and around the nation.
The loss put the Wildcats below .500. Alabama remained No. 1 in the poll with its win.
Kentucky now faces a much more manageable task as it hosts Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. The Commodores (2-3, 0-2 SEC) are ranked No. 14 at the bottom of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Vanderbilt came close to an upset over the weekend but fell to Florida 13-6. Coach Derrick Mason’s squad lost its other SEC matchup to South Carolina, a team Kentucky beat two weeks ago. The Commodores have been held to 10 points or fewer in both conference clashes.
Kentucky and Vanderbilt are deadlocked at 42 wins a piece with four ties in a series that dates back to 1896. Vanderbilt has beaten Kentucky in four of the last five matchups including a 21-17 win last season in Nashville.
Both teams will be trying to avoid a 2-4 start and the basement of the SEC East.
Check back next week to see the Week 6 installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 5 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||273||21||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||246||0||2||2||3|
|3||Tennessee (9 - 4)||226||0||3||2||5|
|4||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||217||0||4||2||5|
|5||Arkansas (7 - 6)||185||0||6||4||8|
|6||Florida (9 - 4)||150||0||5||5||9|
|7||LSU (8 - 4)||144||0||9||5||9|
|8||Auburn (8 - 5)||135||0||7||5||10|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||123||0||8||6||10|
|10||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||78||0||10||9||12|
|11||Kentucky (7 - 6)||46||0||12||10||14|
|12||Missouri (4 - 8)||45||0||11||10||14|
|13||South Carolina (6 - 7)||34||0||13||10||14|
|14||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||9||0||14||12||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks (The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Graham Watson (Yahoo Sports)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Pat Dooley (Gainesville Sun)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)