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College Football Bowl Projections and Top 25 Polls: Week 7 Roundup

Massive shakeups following an upset-filled Week 6.

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As the Kentucky Wildcats ended the game late Saturday night, they put themselves in position for a second straight bowl berth.

By defeating the Missouri Tigers the Cats are now 5-1 on the season and they have an opportune bye week ahead.

Jerry Palm from CBS has Kentucky bowling on December 30th in the Liberty Bowl against the Texas Tech Raiders. A match up against the Big 12 would be something to be excited about, especially the high flying offense of Kliff Kingsbury’s squad. And a trip to Memphis would be a doable road trip for the fans.

Over at ESPN, Kyle Bonagura has the Cats facing off against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Belk Bowl on December 29th.

David M. Hale has them in the Liberty Bowl against the West Virginia Mountaineers. If I had to pick, I’m going Belk Bowl vs. the Hokies.

Mississippi State in Starkville is what’s next for the Wildcats and what looked like a doubtful win a few weeks ago now looks like it’s winnable. The Bulldogs have been blown out in their last two games but they’re coming off of their own bye week and will face hapless BYU Cougars.

While Kentucky did not crack the coaches poll top 25, they did receive 41 votes. They also got six votes in the new AP poll.

The Associated Press Top 25

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

Others receiving votes: Georgia Tech 39, West Virginia 26, Louisville 25, Utah 17, LSU 9, Florida 9, Kentucky 6, Iowa St. 5, Texas A&M 4, Memphis 2

The USA Today Coaches Poll

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

Other receiving votes: Louisville 85; Georgia Tech 47; Kentucky 41; Texas Tech 29; West Virginia 29; Florida 23; Texas A&M 14; Troy 10; LSU 9; Memphis 9; Virginia 5; Wake Forest 5; Iowa State 4; Iowa 3; Mississippi State 3; South Carolina 3; Texas 2; Colorado State 2.

Bill Connelly's S&P+ ratings

  1. Ohio State - wut?
  2. Alabama
  3. Washington
  4. Penn State
  5. Georgia
  6. Clemson
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Auburn
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. Miami-FL
  12. Florida State
  13. Notre Dame
  14. TCU
  15. Michigan
  16. USC
  17. Washington State
  18. Stanford
  19. Louisville
  20. Virginia Tech
  21. South Florida
  22. Oregon
  23. Georgia Tech
  24. Central Florida
  25. LSU

The Massey computer composite

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