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The Associated Press preseason college football poll was released Monday. The bad news is that despite going 10-3 last season, Kentucky did not receive any votes. The good news is that only two of UK’s 2019 foes showed up in the poll.
Georgia is at No. 3 behind Clemson and Alabama. The Wildcats travel to Athens to play the Bulldogs on Oct. 19. Georgia defeated Kentucky 34-17 last season at Kroger Field in Lexington.
Florida is No. 8 in the poll. After snapping a 31-game losing streak to the Gators with a 27-16 victory in Gainesville last season, Kentucky plays host to Dan Mullen’s team on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
So how does this compare to past seasons with regard to teams on the Kentucky schedule that were ranked in the AP preseason poll?
Here’s a breakdown of Mark Stoops’ previous six seasons as the Kentucky coach:
No. 1 Alabama — The Cats lost 48-7 to Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide, who were still holding down the top spot in the AP poll when they visited then Commonwealth Stadium on Oct. 12.
No. 5 Georgia — The Bulldogs had fallen out of the rankings by Nov. 23, but they still waxed the Cats 59-17 in Athens.
No. 6 South Carolina — Steve Spurrier’s club was at No. 13 in the poll when it beat Kentucky 35-28 in Columbia on Oct. 5.
No. 9 Louisville — The Cats lost 27-13 to their archrivals from the up the road, who were No. 7 in the AP poll at the time.
No. 10 Florida — The Gators beat Stoops and Co. 24-7 in Lexington on Sept. 28. They were ranked 20th at the time.
No. 9 South Carolina — Kentucky snapped a long losing streak to Spurrier with a 45-38 victory over the then unranked Gamecocks on Oct. 4.
No. 12 Georgia — Ranked No. 20 at the time, the Bulldogs rolled over the Cats 63-31 in Lexington on Nov. 8.
No. 13 LSU — It was a bad day in the Bayou for the Cats on Oct. 18 when the then unranked Tigers whipped Kentucky 41-3 in Baton Rouge.
No. 24 Missouri — The Cats managed to stay in the game at Mizzou before ultimately losing 20-10 to the unranked Tigers on Nov. 1.
No. 6 Auburn — UK took a tough 30-27 loss to the then unranked Tigers in a Thursday night game on Oct. 15.
No. 9 Georgia — Even though the Bulldogs were struggling, having dropped from the rankings, they still a hung 27-3 loss on Kentucky in Athens.
No. 24 Missouri — UK upset the then No. 25 Tigers 21-13 in Lexington on Sept. 26.
No. 25 Tennessee — Unranked at the time, Tennessee still drilled the Cats 52-21 in Knoxville on Oct. 31.
No. 1 Alabama — Bama was still No. 1 in the poll when it defeated the Cats 34-6 in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 1.
No. 9 Tennessee — The Vols had slipped out of the poll when they greeted visiting Kentucky with a 49-36 spanking at Neyland Stadium on Nov. 12.
No. 18 Georgia — Kentucky dropped a 27-24 heartbreaker to the unranked Bulldogs on Nov. 5 in Lexington.
No. 19 Louisville — Having already clinched its first bowl bid under Stoops, Kentucky celebrated by upsetting the No. 11 Cardinals 41-38 in Louisville on Nov. 26.
No. 25 Florida — The Gators were making an argument to get back in the rankings when they mauled the Wildcats 45-7 at The Swamp on Sept. 10.
No. 15 Georgia — The Bulldogs were No. 7 under second-year coach Kirby Smart when they rolled to a 42-13 victory over visiting Kentucky on Nov. 18.
No. 16 Louisville — Even unranked, Lamar Jackson and the Cards were too much for the Cats in Lexington, rolling to a 44-17 victory in the regular-season finale on Nov. 25.
No. 17 Florida — In what may have been the toughest loss of the Stoops era (to date), the 20th-ranked Gators edged the Cats 28-27 at Kroger Field on Sept. 23 to keep the streak alive.
No. 25 Tennessee — Kentucky knocked off the unranked Vols 29-26 at Kroger Field on Oct. 28.
No. 3 Georgia — Kentucky missed a chance to win the SEC East title when they dropped a 34-17 decision to the sixth-ranked Bulldogs on Nov. 3 at Kroger Field.
No. 18 Mississippi State — After snapping the Florida streak two weeks earlier, Stoops’ squad confirmed its legitimacy by beating No. 14 Mississippi State 28-7 at Kroger Field on Sept. 22.