If I told you after Kentucky got dominated by Florida in Week 2 that the Wildcats would enter Week 10 with a legitimate chance at winning the SEC East, you would have laughed at me.
Well, here we are, in early November, and that is exactly the case. Kentucky is in second place, a game back of Florida in the SEC East with a chance to end up in the Georgia Dome in December. The Wildcats need wins over Georgia and Tennessee to close out their SEC schedule -- which, neither of those games seems out of reach for Kentucky right now -- and the Gators to lose twice in their last three SEC games against Arkansas, Missouri and LSU.
That's not likely but certainly not out of the realm of possibility. What a time to be alive.
The 'Cats and Gators both are on the rise after wins in this week's SEC Power Rankings. Check out where the rest of the conference is heading into November:
The Tide had a week off and watched four of the other undefeated teams lose in Week 9. Now, Alabama has its toughest test of the season, a night game in Baton Rouge against an LSU team that is playing great football under Ed Orgeron. Last week: 1
The Tigers went into Oxford last week and handled the Rebels despite Chad Kelly's best efforts. Auburn's offense is an absolute machine right now, running all over everyone. Vanderbilt is up next for Auburn. Last week: 2
3. Texas A&M
The Aggies thumped New Mexico State and got out some of that frustration from the Alabama loss. Mississippi State shouldn't be much competition for the Aggies this weekend as they gear up for a closing stretch that includes Ole Miss and LSU with eyes on a New Year's Six bowl. Last week: 3
The Tigers were off and hopefully that bye week got the offense balanced. LSU's been great under Coach O, but being a run-heavy team is not the formula for beating Bama. The balance has to be there and that means the pressure falls on Danny Etling to get it done. The atmosphere in Death Valley at night can only do so much against this Alabama team. Last week: 4
The offense didn't do a whole lot against Georgia, but they didn't have to. I understand if Florida fans are upset at being fifth here, when the polls say the Gators are a top-10 team. This defense is AMAZING, but I just can't put them above those four West teams that I feel are far more balanced. Games against Arkansas and especially LSU can prove me wrong. Last week: 5
Yeah, I'm not afraid to do it. #BBN in the house at No. 6 now. Have the 'Cats beaten anyone? No, not really, but that's the beauty of the SEC East! Get the right draw out of the West -- Mississippi State every year works out great -- and beat up on the bad teams in the East (which is most all of them) and catch Tennessee when they've given up and that's a recipe for Kentucky in Atlanta. Last week: 9
It was a bye week for the Hogs and all they've been thinking about is how they got stomped out by Auburn 56-3. Florida comes into Fayetteville this week and Bielema can right the ship by upsetting the Gators -- it wouldn't be all that huge of an upset, considering Vegas has them as just a 3-point dog. Last week: 7
8. South Carolina
Boom still dominates the Vols. Muschamp has never lost to Tennessee in five games dating back to his tenure at Florida, and the Gamecocks look a little feisty right now with freshman Jake Bentley at quarterback. The defense has been sneaky good all year and if Bentley keeps doing what he's doing, this team should make a bowl game with Missouri and Western Carolina left on the schedule. Last week: 13
9. Ole Miss
The Rebels cannot tackle anyone on defense. Six teams have rushed for over 200 yards on Ole Miss this season -- including Wofford! -- and LSU and Auburn have had 300-plus rushing yards on the Rebels in each of the last two games. Chad Kelly's doing his best to keep them in games by throwing the ball all over the yard, but every game, he eventually throws an interception late that sinks their chances -- and it's really unfair to him considering he has to throw it 40-50 times a game a lot of the time, so, yeah and interception is going to happen. Last week: 8
The 'Dores were off this week and have the unenviable task of trying to slow down Auburn's rushing attack this week. However, this is a really good rush defense -- unless it's the triple option -- and it wouldn't surprise me if this game is pretty close going to the fourth quarter with Auburn eventually pulling away because Vandy can't score. Last week: 10
11. Mississippi State
The Bulldogs beat Samford. Let's not talk about how close it was for most of the game, and just enjoy that victory because things could get ugly against Texas A&M this weekend. Last week: 11
Yes, the Vols have tons of injuries, but this team looks like it's punted on the season. Jalen Hurd is transferring. Josh Dobbs had his worst game of the season against South Carolina in an embarrassing loss. At least Derek Barnett is still trying and beasting opponents, but that's about all they've got going for them. Last week; 6
Things are bad in Athens, but on the bright side, the defense gave its best performance of the season against Florida. It didn't result in a win, but maybe this group can build some momentum on that side of the ball for next year. The Dawgs are 2.5-point favorites at home against Kentucky this week, but it's hard to look at this offense and see much positive right now. Last week: 12
I thought losing on homecoming to Middle Tennessee State was rock bottom, but the Tigers keep on digging and breaking new ground below the basement. They're now 2-6 after getting run all over by Kentucky at home and find themselves as 7-point underdogs to South Carolina this week. Last week: 14