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UK Wildcats News: College Football Top 25 Ranking Edition

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We have a new preseason top 25, this one from Lindy’s Sports, who has the Kentucky Wildcats checking in at No. 24, one spot ahead of Texas (who would have thought that could ever happen before Mark Stoops arrived in Lexington).

Georgia, who checked in at No. 3, is the only other SEC East team to crack this top 25, though Kentucky is also set to play at Ole Miss, who comes in at No. 17.

Still, if this ranking were to hold up, the Wildcats would play just two top-25 teams as they look to contend for the program’s first SEC East title.

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