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Vote: If UK beats Florida Saturday should Cats be ranked? It’s been a long time.

Kentucky couldn’t stop Mark Thompson and his Florida Gators last season in Lexington. Thompson is gone, but his former team brings back a number of starters and a No. 25 ranking into its game with the Cats in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday.
Kentucky couldn’t stop Mark Thompson and his Florida Gators last season in Lexington. Thompson is gone, but his former team brings back a number of starters and a No. 25 ranking into its game with the Cats in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday.

If Kentucky were to do the improbable Saturday in Gainesville, could the Cats earn their first college football poll ranking since 2007?

UK dropped out of the “others receiving votes” list in the AP poll this week after a convincing, but, at times, listless 35-20 home win over Central Michigan. But the coaches’ poll thought better of UK, as the Cats bumped up from 8 to 13 points in the USA Today rankings, still out of the top 25, but at least on the radar.

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Meanwhile, Florida, UK’s Week 2 opponent, landed at No. 25 in both polls after being unranked in the preseason. The Gators sat just outside both preseason polls in the unofficial 27th spot before spanking FCS opponent Charleston Southern 53-6 in their home opener.

Kentucky, famously, hasn’t beaten Florida for 31 years, and Gators defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson said this week he doesn’t see the streak ending on Saturday.

“It’s 31, right?” he asked in a recent interview. “It’ll be 32 after Saturday.”

Kentucky hasn’t been ranked in either poll since the Rich Brooks era in 2007 and, before that, hadn’t been ranked in an AP poll since 1985 and a coaches poll since 1998, so odds are long that they might crack the list next week even with a road win over a ranked opponent.

Regardless of whether a win over Florida pushes UK into the rankings, it would mark the most significant win yet in Coach Mark Stoops’ tenure.

Kentucky’s game at No. 25 Florida is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on the SEC Network.

The AP Top 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:



Record

Pts

Pv

1. Alabama (48)

1-0

1511

1

2. Clemson (12)

1-0

1467

2

3. Georgia

1-0

1350

3

4. Ohio St.

1-0

1262

5

5. Wisconsin (1)

1-0

1258

4

6. Oklahoma

1-0

1251

7

7. Auburn

1-0

1236

9

8. Notre Dame

1-0

1080

12

9. Washington

0-1

870

6

10. Stanford

1-0

865

13

11. LSU

1-0

801

25

12. Virginia Tech

1-0

777

20

13. Penn St.

1-0

768

10

14. West Virginia

1-0

762

17

15. Michigan St.

1-0

684

11

16. TCU

1-0

632

16

17. Southern Cal

1-0

628

15

18. Mississippi St.

1-0

538

18

19. UCF

1-0

407

21

20. Boise St.

1-0

391

22

21. Michigan

0-1

318

14

22. Miami

0-1

241

8

23. Oregon

1-0

217

24

24. South Carolina

1-0

125

NR

25. Florida

1-0

89

NR

Others receiving votes: Utah 71, Oklahoma St. 62, Boston College 31, Texas A&M 29, Northwestern 28, Maryland 12, Mississippi 11, NC State 9, Florida St. 8, Memphis 6, Houston 6, Washington St. 6, Iowa St. 4, Kansas St. 3, Iowa 3, Hawaii 3, BYU 3, Fresno St. 1, Arkansas St. 1.

Amway Coaches Top 25 Poll

The Amway Top 25 football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 3, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking:



Record

Pts

Pvs

1. Alabama (59)

1-0

1571

1

2. Clemson (3)

1-0

1498

2

3. Georgia

1-0

1414

4

4. Ohio State (1)

1-0

1398

3

5. Oklahoma

1-0

1312

5

6. Wisconsin

1-0

1249

7

7. Auburn

1-0

1219

10

8. Notre Dame

1-0

1077

11

9. Stanford

1-0

909

13

10. Penn State

1-0

893

9

11. Washington

0-1

800

6

12. Southern California

1-0

766

15

13. Michigan State

1-0

733

12

14. Virginia Tech

1-0

730

17

15. LSU

1-0

724

24

16. TCU

1-0

699

16

17. West Virginia

1-0

612

20

18. Mississippi State

1-0

531

18

19. Boise State

1-0

362

22

20. Central Florida

1-0

339

23

21. Miami (Fla.)

0-1

277

8

22. Michigan

0-1

227

14

23. Oklahoma State

1-0

225

25

24. South Carolina

1-0

189

NR

25. Florida

1-0

138

NR

Others receiving votes: Oregon 136; Northwestern 87; Texas A&M 84; Utah 70; Florida State 46; Memphis 27; Boston College 21; Kentucky 13; Washington State 11; Appalachian State 9; Duke 9; Iowa 9; North Carolina State 9; South Florida 9; Fresno State 7; Arkansas 6; Iowa State 6; Arkansas State 5; Hawaii 4; Houston 4; Kansas State 4; Cincinnati 3; Maryland 2; Georgia Tech 1; San Diego State 1.

Florida's winning streak over Kentucky is the longest one active in all of the Football Bowl Subdivision by one opponent over another. The 31 losses, displayed here in Herald-Leader headlines through the years, date to 1987.

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