Projected AP Top 25 college football rankings after Week 2: No. 12-11
12. Kentucky Wildcats
There were plenty of people coming into the big SEC East matchup in Week 2 between Florida and Kentucky who believed that the Wildcats were simply going to be overmatched without the likes of Chris Rodriguez and other starters due to suspensions that have kept them off the field to start the season.
But credit to Mark Stoops, Will Levis and Kentucky as a whole because you’d have never known they were shorthanded when they took the field. They were composed even when they made mistakes, made big plays down the stretch, and picked up the upset win in a hostile road environment. Once they get back to full strength, the Wildcats are once again going to be a legitimate problem to deal with in the SEC.
11. Utah Utes
Do you think Utah was a tad pissed off after losing to Florida on the road to start their season? I’m sure that Southern Utah believes that’s the case because the Utes clearly took some sort of frustration or something similar to that out on the Thunderbirds in a wildly one-sided affair on Saturday afternoon.
After being tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter, Utah went on to score 66 unanswered points in a true thrashing. Cameron Rising was great, the run game was even better, and the defense was stifling. No one thought too much less of the Utes after losing in swampy Gainesville to begint the season and this game was further evidence as to why that was the right call.
11. Arkansas Razorbacks
You truly might be hard-pressed to find a better pair of wins in the country through the first two weeks of the season than what Sam Pittman has led Arkansas to at the beginning of the season for the Razorbacks.
One week after taking down Cincinnati in a terrific game, the Hogs welcomed their first SEC foe of the year in an upstart South Carolina team to Fayetteville and delivered a strong, emphatic 44-30 victory that was much less close than the final score would have it appear.
KJ Jefferson has looked like a dark-horse Heisman candidate to this point and the offense is absolutely humming. If the defense can shore some things up, Arkansas has the potential to cause a lot of problems in the SEC this year.