14. Kentucky Wildcats
Record: 1-3 (0-1)
Previous Ranking: 14
Winning games is going to be tough when you can only manage 173 total offensive yards, but Kentucky does get a pass for playing one of the nations most difficult defenses. We knew from the get-go this was going to be a long season for Mark Stoops and the gang as things are only going to get worse before they get better. The good news is they have a model in Ole Miss to see how a couple of strong recruiting classes can turn a program overnight.
13. Mississippi State Bulldogs
Record: 2-2 (0-1)
Previous Ranking: 13
With a 2-2 record and serious risk of missing a bowl game, Dan Mullen has the hottest seat of any of the SEC coaches. A four-win season with only one SEC win – something that is very likely looking at their schedule – generally does not bode well for coaches in the SEC.
By no means does this mean Mullen should be fired. But the SEC does play by rules that favor rational treatment of coaches. Gary Pinkel may find that out at Mizzou if SEC season goes poorly.