Coming off of a huge win over Florida, coach Mark Stoops and his 2022 edition of the Kentucky Wildcats are now a consensus top-10 football team in the country depending on which poll you look at. This ranking is the highest that the Wildcats have seen in 15 years, going back to a #8 ranking in 2007 after they upset then #1 LSU in Lexington. Two of the AP Poll voters had the Wildcats ranked as high as #6 on their AP Poll voter sheet. All of the Wildcat fans across the Bluegrass, as well as across the globe, are riding high and have great expectations for the season and rightfully so.
Good news came yesterday that running back Chris Rodriguez will be available to play after a four game absence, allowing him to return for the Wildcats' trip to Oxford to face a top-25 team against Ole Miss. If the Wildcats take care of business before Rodriguez's return, they should be 4-0 heading into that game. Adding Rodriguez makes the offense much better and could allow Kentucky to be on the verge of a very special season. Many of the "way too early" bowl projections seem to agree on a great season in the works for Coach Stoops and company. Some of those early bowl projections for Kentucky include:
Allstate Sugar Bowl, December 31, 2022, New Orleans, LA - Brett McMurphy, ESPN (Bonagura) & College Sports News
ReliaQuest (formerly Outback) Bowl, January 2, 2023, Tampa, FL -
Citrus Bowl, January 2, 2023, Orlando, FL - Sports Illustrated
With a victory in Oxford, I believe that Kentucky could start to be mentioned in the College Football Playoff discussion. Those discussions would intensify if (and that is a BIG if) Kentucky heads into the matchup with Georgia with the SEC East crown on the line. Whether we make the CFP or not, Kentucky is lined up for the possibility of a season that many of us long-suffering Wildcat football fans have been dreaming of for a long time. It is truly a great time to love Kentucky football!