LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky has cracked the top-10 of the SEC Country Power Poll for the first time this season.
The Wildcats (5-3, 4-2 SEC) climbed two spots to No. 8 in the poll. Coach Mark Stoops’ squad had been stuck at No. 10 for three weeks in a row, but after beating Missouri on Saturday for its third straight conference win, Kentucky passed Georgia and Ole Miss.
The poll consists of 26 voters, including ones from SEC Country and around the nation.
Kentucky’s 35-21 win at Missouri was just the program’s second road victory in Stoops’ tenure. It marked the first time Kentucky has won three SEC games in a row since 1999. Missouri, still winless in conference play, came in last at No. 14 in this week’s poll.
Kentucky will be vying for win No. 6 and its first bowl eligibility since 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Georgia (4-4, 2-4 SEC. The Bulldogs are ranked 10th in the SEC Country Power Poll.
Georgia fell to Florida over the weekend 24-10. The Bulldogs are in fourth place in the SEC East with their lone conference victories coming against South Carolina and Missouri.
Kentucky will be looking for its first win against Georgia since 2009. The Bulldogs have beaten the Wildcats by 20 or more points in each of the last three seasons.
A win over Georgia would keep Kentucky in second place in the SEC East. To make the SEC Championship Game, Kentucky needs wins over Georgia and Tennessee coupled with two more conference losses for Florida.
Check back next week to see the Week 10 installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 9 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||338||26||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||309||0||2||2||4|
|3||Auburn (8 - 5)||281||0||3||2||4|
|4||Florida (9 - 4)||252||0||6||3||6|
|5||LSU (8 - 4)||248||0||5||3||6|
|6||Arkansas (7 - 6)||187||0||7||5||10|
|7||Tennessee (9 - 4)||175||0||4||5||11|
|8||Kentucky (7 - 6)||143||0||10||6||11|
|9||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||137||0||8||6||11|
|10||Georgia (8 - 5)||114||0||9||6||13|
|11||South Carolina (6 - 7)||83||0||13||7||13|
|12||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||53||0||11||7||14|
|13||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||43||0||12||10||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||3||0||14||13||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)
Ben Wait (Columbus Commercial Dispatch)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Cody Worsham (Tiger Rag Magazine)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Graham Watson (Yahoo Sports)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker (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)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton (Austin American-Statesman)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)