Over the past few seasons, a simple Kentucky-Pencilled College Football playoff console has hung in the weight room of the Cats Training Center.
This season, with a total score of 7-1 5-1 marks in the Southeastern Conference, UK has made signage more than just a motivational tool.
Kentucky will now be part of the entertainment that is likely to be among the top 25 teams in the country when they will be unveiled on Tuesday by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee during its 19:00 show on ESPN.
This is not a familiar place for the cats or their fans, so here's a breakdown of what the committee does, what these rankings mean, and what it could mean for UK's postseason spot.
Interestingly, two former Kentucky officials sit over the selection committee of chairman Rob Mullens, now Oregon athletics director, and Scott Stricklin, who holds the same position in Florida.
The committee will help select which four teams will play in the semifinals of college football national championship on January 7 in Santa Clara, Calif. The weekly classifications between now and Dec. 2 are just to create discussion and excitement for the College Football Playoff. The final ranking on December 2nd is the one that sets the postseason pairings.
Alabama and Clemson are widely expected to be No. 1 and No. 2 in this first offer. But there are still a lot of games to play.
The committee is also responsible for selecting participants in the so-called "New Year's Six Bowls" and combining them with a specific procedure. The semi-final – this season's Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl – will be played on the 29th of December.
Several National Bowl predictors have begun mentioning Kentucky as a team that could end up in one of these bowls, especially at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, also on Dec. 29.
The committee will release its top 25 four more times (November 6, November 13, November 20, November 27) before the selection day, when the playoff semi-finals will be announced on December 2, along with other cups ,
Kentucky is currently No. 11 in the Associated Press Media Survey and No. 12 in the Coach Survey. None of these rankings counts for the College Football Playoff Ranking.