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College Football Top 25 Polls and Bowl Projections: Week 12 Roundup

The college football season has just two full weeks left before conference championships.

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After the impressive victory against Vandy, the Kentucky Wildcats are making a solid case to get into an above average bowl.

UK now has seven wins out of 10 games. They take on Georgia next week where they have a chance to do something special, and improve the quality level of their bowl game.

This doesn’t necessarily mean win the game, all the Cats need to do is give Georgia a run for their money. By doing that, bowl scouts will be fighting over which bowl gets the Cats.

Despite their dominance yesterday, SB Nation is still projecting Kentucky to go to the Liberty Bowl and play Iowa State.

Here are some other predictions from popular publications/writers:

CBS Sports: Liberty Bowl, Kentucky vs Texas

Sports Illustrated’s Eric Single: Belk Bowl, Kentucky vs Wake Forest

ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura: Music City Bowl, Northwestern vs Kentucky

ESPN’s David Hale: Belk Bowl, Kentucky vs Wake Forest

What these guys may not realize is the fact that the Kentucky Basketball team plays Louisville on the same day as both the Belk Bowl and Music City Bowl. It’s going to be hard to convince Mitch Barnhart to schedule a bowl game on the same day as arguably the biggest basketball game on the schedule. It’s a conflict of interests for both the university and the bowls, so I doubt we’ll see Kentucky in either of those games.

This is going to be a big next two weeks for the Cats. If they can play well against Georgia, and get the W against Louisville, they’ll have the opportunity to play in a pretty solid bowl.

Now, here’s a look at the latest top 25 polls:

The Associated Press Top 25

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

The Massey Composite

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

Bill Connelly's S&P+ ratings

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

The USA Today Coaches Poll

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

Jeff Sagarin’s ratings

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