3. Kentucky Wildcats
Start with beating Florida for the first time since 1986. Stop there, and the first quarter of the season has already been a massive success.
Even with the loss to the Gators in 2016, the Wildcats were still alive and kicking in the SEC East race going into November. That all changed with losses to Georgia and Tennessee, but at least they were relevant late in the season.
But with the first 4-0 start since 2008, this is different.
The Florida win is a huge part of it, but the win over Mississippi State last weekend took things to a whole other level.
Central Michigan isn’t that great, and Murray State was a paycheck game, and the Florida win might have been explained away as a slight aberration with a new coaching staff rebuilding the program, but that is one terrific Bulldog team that UK just whacked 28-7.
The 1-2 backfield punch of QB Terry Wilson and RB Benny Snell have carried the SEC’s best rushing attack, but the defense is doing its part, too.
Mississippi State has the SEC’s best defense at the moment – at least in terms of yards per game – but who’s No. 2? It’s not Alabama, it’s not Georgia, LSU or Auburn.
Kentucky is giving up just 280 yards per outing, which combined with the running game is making it all work.
But now comes the next test with South Carolina coming to Lexington. And then comes the next test at Texas A&M, and the road game at Missouri will be tough, and there’s still the Georgia game, and the Tennessee and Louisville games are on the road, and …
Kentucky beat Florida and is 4-0. It’s been a fun year no matter what.