Kentucky football to face five foes ranked in coaches' top 25

August 5, 2011 

SEC Preview Football

Coach Nick Saban and his Alabama squad finished 11th last year, but were ranked No. 2 in the 2011 pre-season USA Today Coaches Poll, behind Oklahoma.

DAVE MARTIN — ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • USA Today Coaches Poll

    The 2011 pre-season coaches' poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2010 record, points received and final 2010 ranking:

    1. Oklahoma (42) 12-2 1,454 6

    2. Alabama (13) 10-3 1,414 11

    3. Oregon (2) 12-1 1,309 3

    4. LSU (2) 11-2 1,296 8t

    5. Florida State 10-4 1,116 16

    6. Stanford 12-1 1,101 4

    7. Boise State 12-1 1,065 7

    8. Oklahoma State 11-2 933 10

    9. Texas A&M 9-4 885 21

    10. Wisconsin 11-2 829 8t

    11 Nebraska 10-4 814 19

    12. South Carolina 9-5 779 22

    13. Virginia Tech 11-3 767 15

    14. Arkansas 10-3 750 12

    15. TCU 13-0 687 2

    16. Ohio State 12-1 631 5

    17. Michigan State 11-2 536 14

    18. Notre Dame 8-5 440 NR

    19. Auburn 14-0 329 1

    20. Mississippi State 9-4 301 17

    21. Missouri 10-3 266 18

    22. Georgia 6-7 260 NR

    23. Florida 8-5 240 NR

    24. Texas 5-7 162 NR

    25. Penn State 7-6 161 NR

    Others receiving votes: Arizona State (6-6) 158; West Virginia (9-4) 149; Utah (10-3) 50; Miami (Fla.) (7-6) 49; Iowa (8-5) 41; Northwestern (7-6) 30; Arizona (7-6) 28; Central Florida (11-3) 22; Michigan (7-6) 19; Air Force (9-4) 15; North Carolina (8-5) 14; Houston (5-7) 13; South Florida (8-5) 9; Hawaii (10-4) 8; Clemson (6-7) 7; Tennessee (6-7) 7; Southern Miss (8-5) 6; Brigham Young (7-6) 5; North Carolina State (9-4) 4; Northern Illinois (11-3) 4; Oregon State (5-7) 4; Pittsburgh (8-5) 3; Washington (7-6) 3; Georgia Tech (6-7) 1; Nevada (13-1) 1.

The University of Kentucky football team will face five opponents this season that were ranked in the pre-season USA Today Coaches Poll revealed Thursday.

Kentucky visits fourth-ranked Louisiana State on Oct. 1, No. 12 South Carolina on Oct. 8 and No. 22 Georgia on Nov. 19.

The Wildcats play host to No. 23 Florida on Sept. 24 and No. 20 Mississippi State on Oct. 29.

The Southeastern Conference placed eight of its 12 teams in the top 25 — the most of any conference — with No. 2 Alabama, No. 14 Arkansas and No. 19 Auburn also included.

Tennessee was among schools also receiving votes. Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Mississippi did not receive votes.

Neither Louisville nor Western Kentucky received votes in the poll.

Louisville does not have a game this season against a pre-season top-25 opponent, as no schools from the Big East were ranked.

Western Kentucky's one top-25 foe is No. 4 LSU, on Nov. 12 at Baton Rouge, La.

Oklahoma beat out Alabama for the No. 1 ranking, leading a contingent of five teams from the Big 12 in the poll. The Big Ten also placed five schools in the top 25.

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