16. Kentucky Wildcats
It’s hard to completely punish Kentucky for being on the bye unless there’s a team that should jump one spot ahead of them. In this case, moving Texas A&M ahead of them makes all the sense in the world after the Aggies dominated South Carolina.
Kentucky can start climbing again when they return to action next week. The Wildcats will hit the road to take on Mississippi State. After that, a home contest with Tennessee looms but overall it’s a fairly easy schedule remaining for the Wildcats.
15. Texas A&M Aggies
Texas A&M has been on a roll since its upset win over Alabama. The Aggies blasted South Carolina at home and are now bowl eligible. They’re going to keep climbing in the standings as they make a late-season push toward what they hope is a big bowl game or maybe an SEC West bid if Alabama and Ole Miss can drop some games.
That’s a big if depending on the Crimson Tide to lose again, but the Aggies are playing well and that should be the focus. Two big battles against Auburn and Ole Miss are in the cards for Texas A&M.