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Wildcats ranked No. 20 in preseason AP football poll

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After capturing its second 10-win season in the past four years and winning its school-record fourth straight bowl game, the Kentucky football program is entering the 2022 season ranked in both the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Top 25 preseason poll and the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll for the first time in school history.

The Wildcats are ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press preseason poll, their fifth all-time appearance and first since 1978.  The Cats were also ranked in the 1950 (No. 13), 1951 (No. 6), 1957 (No. 20) and 1978 (No. 15) preseason polls.

The Associated Press began its preseason poll in 1950. A panel of 63 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country votes on the poll weekly.

The Cats are No. 21 in the coaches poll, their first preseason ranking in the 30-year-old poll.

The USA TODAY Sports AFCA football coaches poll is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of 66 head coaches at Football Bowl Subdivision schools. The panel is chosen by random draw, conference by conference plus independents, from a pool of coaches who have indicated to the American Football Coaches Association their willingness to participate. Each coach submits a Top 25 with a first-place vote worth 25 points, second place 24, and so on down to one point for 25th.

Kentucky is coming off a 10-3 season, topped by a victory in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl, for the second time in the last four years (also 2018).  The Wildcats return several starters on offense and defense, along with both kicking specialists.  

Kentucky football is slated to play eight homes games this fall. The home schedule includes matchups against SEC foes South Carolina (Oct. 8), Mississippi State (Oct. 15), Vanderbilt (Nov. 12) and defending national champion and preseason No. 3 Georgia (Nov. 19). UK will also host nonconference matchups against Miami University (Sept. 3), Youngstown State (Sept. 17), Northern Illinois (Sept. 24) and Louisville (Nov. 26).

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UK volleyball ranked No. 11 in preseason poll

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The Kentucky Volleyball team will start the 2022 season ranked No. 11 in the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association top-25 poll, it was announced Monday afternoon.

The Wildcats are the top-ranked team in the Southeastern Conference to begin the season. Also representing the SEC is Florida at No. 15. 

Kentucky is scheduled to play No. 1 Nebraska, No. 3 Wisconsin, No. 4 Louisville, No. 15 Florida, No. 18 Creighton and No. 24 Southern California in the 2022 regular season with three of those games coming at home. 

Season tickets, single-match tickets and a 2022 special mini-pack featuring tickets for Nebraska/Wisconsin/Louisville are now on sale through the UK Athletics ticket office today. 

2022 AVCA Coaches’ Poll


  1. Nebraska (Sept. 18, Lexington)
  2. Texas
  3. Wisconsin (Sept. 9, Lexington)
  4. Louisville (Sept. 14, Lexington)
  5. Minnesota
  6. Pitt
  7. Ohio State
  8. Washington
  9. Georgia Tech
  10. BYU
  11. Kentucky
  12. UCLA
  13. Purdue
  14. Stanford
  15. Florida (Nov. 19 & 20, Gainesville)
  16. Baylor
  17. Illinois
  18. Creighton (Sept. 3, Omaha)
  19. Oregon
  20. Penn State
  21. Western Kentucky
  22. Utah
  23. Kansas
  24. Southern Cal (Sept. 3, Omaha)
  25. San Diego 2022 UK opponents listed in italics

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