Taking stock after the latest weekend in college football, locally and in the ACC and SEC …FOUR DOWNSThe Kentucky Wildcats’ C. J. Conrad (87) celebrates with wide receiver Dorian Baker (2) after scoring a touchdown against the Missouri Tigers in the second half at Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky defeated Missouri 21-13.1. A big night in LexingtonIt’s easy to overestimate mere steps as milestones in the rebuilding process of a program unaccustomed to success, but Saturday night was big for Kentucky and Mark Stoops. On the heels of a deflating defeat to Florida, the Missouri game was one of those critical, line-in-the-dirt kind of the deals for the Wildcats’ season, and they responded, outplaying the two-time defending SEC East champs in the second half, making plays needed to beat a team that has been a tough out since joining the league. This UK offense has playmakers. The defense is improved. Consistency and depth will continue to be question marks, but in victory, the Cats all but assured they will in fact reach a bowl this season and actually brought some bigger potential prizes into focus. Auburn, Tennessee and Louisville are a combined 5-7 right now and each still has to visit Lexington.UK makes statement with win over No. 25 Mizzou2. Some needed medicine for LouisvilleLouisville needed a feel-good Saturday to get some confidence and momentum back. Hello, Samford. Beating the brakes off an FCS team didn’t really prove anything, but it did make everyone feel a lot better, and there were some notable things from this game. The Cardinals appear to have taken a little glue to that starting QB label for Lamar Jackson (as opposed to an earlier post-it note), which is significant in that they’ve at least made a decision, which should allow things to move forward. Perhaps bigger news: Some changes on the offensive line. That needed to happen before this week’s trip to 4-0 N.C. State. Pass that test and the season does indeed appear salvageable in terms of ACC contention.What We Learned | Cards get feel-good 1st win3. Successful September at Indiana; Now how about October?Don’t look now, but Indiana is already two victories away from bowl eligibility, having started a season 4-0 for the first time since 1990. NCAA FBS rushing leader Jordan Howard (675 yards) is proving to be a more than capable replacement for Tevin Coleman, and quarterback Nate Sudfeld has thrown for at least 200 yards in all four games. But to be fair, the Hoosiers haven’t exactly blown off anyone’s doors as a team, barely beating Southern Illinois and WKU before surviving a late Wake Forest rally by a touchdown on Saturday. As a result, they didn’t get a single vote in the latest AP poll (they did get two points in the coaches’ vote, same as two-loss Tennessee), and most would expect reality to set in this weekend, when No. 1 Ohio State visits for the biggest game in Bloomington in quite some time. The Buckeyes, who haven’t exactly been dominant themselves lately, opened as 19.5-point favorites.Indiana hangs on to beat Wake Forest, moves to 4-04. Just consider …After Auburn’s home loss to Mississippi State on Saturday, the state of Alabama’s two major programs (of which one has made the BCS title game or the college football playoff in every season since 2008), are now 0-3 in the SEC, and with Alabama visiting top-10 Georgia on Saturday, that could go to 0-4. The Crimson Tide opened as a 2.5-point underdog for that game, making the first time since the 2009 SEC championship game that it did not open as a favorite, an astounding run of 72 games in a row.STOCK UPDukeAfter losing to Northwestern, the Blue Devils were surely done, right? Nope. Duke handled Georgia Tech 34-20 on Saturday, holding the 20th-ranked Yellow Jackets (who were being discussed as a possible national title contender just two weeks ago) to 173 rushing yards – a major accomplishment against that offense. There may not be a coach in the country more underrated than Duke’s David Cutcliffe.Others: Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi StateSTOCK DOWNVirginia Tech Hokies head coach Frank Beamer looks on during the third quarter against the East Carolina Pirates at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. East Carolina defeated Virginia Tech 35-28.Virginia Tech and VirginiaThe clock looks to be ticking on Frank Beamer. His Hokies lost 35-28 to a 2-2 East Carolina team that had lost by 24 points to Navy the week before, after which Beamer compared the defeat to an exhibition game. And speaking of coaching hot seats in that part of the country, Mike London’s Virginia team was just destroyed at home 56-14 by Boise State. Yikes.Others: Auburn, Georgia Tech, MissouriOPPORTUNITY MISSEDTennesseeFor the second time in three games, the Vols let a pivotal win get away they should have had, and the latest was particularly brutal for a proud fan base and program just aching to restore past glory while continually falling short. Florida won its 11th in a row over Tennessee by turning a fourth-and-14 completion into a catch-and-run touchdown of 63 yards with 1:26 to play. The Gators won 28-27 after trailing 27-14 into the game’s final five minutes. Much like an earlier defeat to Oklahoma, Tennessee was impressive for much of this game but just didn’t know how to win. It’ll be interesting to see where the Vols go from here and how much heat Coach Butch Jones receives if a trendy SEC East pick turns out no better than recent UT teams that preceded it.STAT TO KNOWLSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) gathers his helmet after losing it on a play in the fourth quarter of a game against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome. LSU won the game 34-24.LSU’s early Heisman front-running tailback Leonard Fournette has run for 631 yards in three games so far this season. That’s more than 28 FBS teams have gained in four games.NAME TO KNOWIt seems like Texas A&M always has at least one freshman star emerge on offense each season, and receiver Christian Kirk is that guy in 2015. His 173 receiving yards on eight catches where huge in helping the Aggies survive an overtime test from upset-minded Arkansas, and Kirk has topped the 100-yard mark in three of four games to date and leads the SEC.