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Fact or Fiction: Kentucky is a legit SEC East contender

In today’s Fact or Fiction Rivals National Columnist Mike Farrell looks at three big recent topics in college football and decide whether the statement is FACT or FICTION.


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1. Alabama should have dropped further than No. 5 in the AP Top 25.

Bryce Young
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FACT. A loss to an unranked team and wins over Florida and Miami make me think Alabama should be down near No. 7 or No. 8 in this week's poll and not No. 5. Penn State has better wins and the Nittany Lions and Ohio State Buckeyes have better losses than Alabama. Michigan, Michigan State and Kentucky are all undefeated with six wins. This is why preseason polls are dumb. Polls should be based on the wins you have and who you’ve lost to if anyone.

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2. Kentucky is a legit SEC East contender. 

Will Levis
Will Levis (USA Today Sports Images)

FACT. This Kentucky team can beat Georgia, make no mistake about it. Will Levis is playing well, the Wildcats have a great offensive line and their running game can control the clock. Defensively they are solid enough to handle a Georgia offense. If Kentucky doesn’t hurt themselves with dumb penalties or turnovers they could be SEC East champs.

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3. There is no way Ohio State runs the table. 

C.J. Stroud
C.J. Stroud (USA Today Sports Images)

FICTION. Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State are all left on the schedule so that’s three top-10 teams. And I don’t care. C.J. Stroud is getting comfortable, the defense is improving and the running game is solid. As this Ohio State team improves each week they will allow their talent advantage to win out and head to the playoff.


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