Kentucky remained outside the top 10 in the country but still moved up two spots to No. 12 in Sunday’s Associated Press poll after improving to 6-1.
The Cats defeated Vanderbilt 14-7 in a wind-swept Kroger Field on Saturday night to forge a three-way tie for the Southeastern Conference East Division lead with Georgia and Florida.
Kentucky plays at Missouri on Saturday and then hosts Georgia on Nov. 3 before closing SEC play at Tennessee on Nov. 10.
Kentucky hasn’t been ranked as a top 10-team since Oct. 14, 2007, when the Cats were ranked No. 8 after defeating top-ranked LSU.
Benny Snell ran for 159 yards and a touchdown against Vandy in a game where the Cats passed for only 18 yards. The windy conditions didn’t help.
Kentucky was ranked No. 14 in the Amway Coaches Poll.
No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 LSU, No. 7 Georgia, No. 9 Florida and No. 16 Texas A&M joined the Cats as SEC teams in the latest poll.
Ohio State fell from No. 2 to No. 11 after being stunned 49-20 by Purdue Saturday night. Clemson took over No. 2 and Notre Dame stands at No. 3.