Kentucky opened with a 7-0 win at Missouri. Missouri finished the season ranked #6 in the nation, with a record of 8-2-1. Kentucky entered Week 2 of the season ranked #10 in the country.
The second game was a 16-7 win against Ole Miss. Kentucky advanced to a #6 ranking in the AP poll.
A loss at Auburn (23-18) was followed by a 26-24 win against Florida State. A 31-21 loss at LSU was followed by a 28-10 win over Georgia and a 28-8 victory over West Virginia. Kentucky then was ranked again in the AP poll, at #10.
Next was a 34-0 win over Vanderbilt. Kentucky retained its #10 ranking in the AP poll.
At that point Kentucky was offered a bid to the Gator Bowl but turned it down, hoping for a better bowl invitation. However, star quarterback Rick Norton suffered a broken leg in the next game, which ended up being a 38-21 loss at Houston, and a 19-3 loss to Tennessee left the Wildcats with a 6-4 record and no bowl game.