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College Football Bowl Projections and Top 25 Polls: Week 8 Roundup

Week 7 was easily the biggest week of upsets thus far, which led to a ton of movement entering Week 8.

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The Kentucky Wildcats were on a bye, but the rest of the college football world was busy producing upsets all over the place.

A plethora of top-25 teams, as well as Tennessee and Louisville, lost this weekend. That puts Kentucky in improved position when it comes to the bowl slate. Here’s where experts currently have the Cats projected in the postseason.

CBS Sports

CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm has Kentucky playing Northwestern in the very familiar Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee. That game would take place on Dec. 29 on ESPN.


ESPN’s projections come from Kyle Bonagura and David Hale. Both of them also have Kentucky in the Music City Bowl. Bonagura has them playing Georgia Tech, which would be their second consecutive year playing Georgia Tech in a bowl. Hale has them playing Iowa.

SB Nation

SB Nation’s Jason Kirk has the Cats playing against NC State in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina. UK would obviously have a disadvantage when it comes to proximity in that one. That would take place on Dec. 29 on ESPN.

As for the latest top-25 polls, the Cats just missed out on cracking the latest Coaches Poll, which has UK coming in at 26.

The USA Today Coaches Poll

  1. Alabama
  2. Penn State
  3. Georgia
  4. TCU
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Ohio State
  7. Miami
  8. Clemson
  9. Oklahoma
  10. USC
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Washington
  13. USF
  14. Virginia Tech
  15. Michigan
  16. Notre Dame
  17. NC State
  18. Washington State
  19. Michigan State
  20. UCF
  21. Auburn
  22. Stanford
  23. West Virginia
  24. Texas A&M
  25. LSU

Others Receiving Votes: Kentucky 64; Memphis 50; Virginia 42; San Diego State 39; South Carolina 19; Utah 14; Navy 9; Mississippi State 6; Boise State 4; Colorado State 4; Marshall 3; Florida 2; Georgia Tech 2; Iowa State 2.

The Massey computer composite

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Penn State
  4. Clemson
  5. Washington
  6. Ohio State
  7. TCU
  8. Notre Dame
  9. USC
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Miami
  12. Oklahoma
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. Michigan
  15. Auburn
  16. Washington State
  17. UCF
  18. Stanford
  19. San Diego State
  20. NC State
  21. Michigan State
  22. Virginia Tech
  23. Iowa
  24. Texas A&M
  25. Florida State

Bill Connelly's S&P+ ratings

  1. Ohio State
  2. Alabama
  3. Penn State
  4. Oklahoma State
  5. Georgia
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Washington
  8. Oklahoma
  9. UCF
  10. Clemson
  11. Miami
  12. Notre Dame
  13. TCU
  14. Auburn
  15. Stanford
  16. Michigan
  17. USC
  18. USF
  19. Virginia Tech
  20. Michigan State
  21. Mississippi State
  22. Washington State
  23. NC State
  24. Louisville
  25. Florida State