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By BJ Bennett
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Saturday, as the Wildcats moved to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the SEC, was all about Snell.

The Benny Snell show continues. So, too, does his run at history. After 32 carries for 169 yards and a touchdown in Kentucky's 14-7 homecoming win over Vanderbilt, Snell, still just a junior, is now tied with legends Shaun Alexander, Darren McFadden and Dak Prescott for 11th on the SEC's all-time rushing touchdown list with 41. Snell, with his next score, will move into the top ten alongside greats Anthony Dixon, Derrick Henry and Mark Ingram. With two more scores, Snell will tie the incomparable Bo Jackson.  

Snell, currently the SEC's leading rusher with 868 yards, is set to become the league's 26th player to reach 3,300 rushing yards; at 3,292, could do so as soon as his very next carry. In the win over the Commodores, Snell overtook the likes of stars Neal Anderson, Todd Gurley, Garrison Hearst, Ingram, Deuce McAllister and Jerious Norwood on the conference's career yardage list. Given Snell's current rate of production, he could rank in the top 20 as soon as next week. He very well may pass Moe Williams for second on Kentucky's program chart in the first quarter.

Saturday, as the Wildcats moved to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the SEC, was all about Snell. His 32 carries were his most in nearly two full years. With just nine pass attempts by Kentucky, the Vanderbilt gameplan was almost exclusively Snell's and he responded. In addition to rushing for 169 yards and carrying the offensive load, Snell scored the game-winning touchdown from seven yards out midway through the fourth quarter. He, on that key drive alone, ran the football ten times for 74 yards.

Led by Snell and a dominant defense featuring potential All-American Josh Allen, the Wildcats control their own destiny in the SEC East. Should Kentucky win the next three games, a stretch which includes a home showdown with Georgia in early November, the Wildcats will represent the division in the SEC Championship Game. There are also multiple scenarios where Kentucky could advance even with a loss. Snell isn't just moving up a number of all-time league charts, he has the Wildcats atop the division standings as well.

If you're asking if Kentucky could really make the program's first-ever SEC Championship Game later this fall, the answer is simple: #SnellYeah. 

Over Snell's last 12 regular season games, the Heisman Trophy candidate has compiled 1,645 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. He is fresh off his 16th career 100-yard effort. Whether in the record books or on the schedule, Snell, and his team, are coming.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports