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Rounding up the latest top 25 polls and power rankings as we hit the November stretch.

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With November arriving, we’re now hitting the home stretch of the regular season.

Across the nation, we’re finally starting to see separation in various conference and their divisions, including the SEC. There, we’ll see the SEC West decided this week when LSU faces Alabama.

On the other side, the SEC East will be decided when Kentucky hosts Georgia.

Then you’ve got a critical Big 12 showdown between Texas and West Virginia, who are looking to keep pace with Oklahoma atop the league. Then you’ve got Michigan facing Penn State as the Wolverines look to remain atop the Big Ten East and set up a monster clash with Ohio State in late November to decide who goes to the Big Ten Championship.

But really, the story of the week is the Kentucky Wildcats, who continued their improbable rise to national prominence with a miraculous win over Missouri. That has Kentucky surging into the top 10 of most of the new power rankings, but they just barely missed on getting there in the latest Coaches and AP Poll.

College Football Coaches Top 25 Poll Week 10

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. Clemson Tigers
  3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  4. LSU Tigers
  5. Tie between Michigan Wolverines and Georgia Bulldogs
  6. N/A
  7. Oklahoma Sooners
  8. Ohio State Buckeyes
  9. UCF Knights
  10. West Virginia Mountaineers
  11. Washington State Cougars
  12. Kentucky Wildcats
  13. Penn State Nittany Lions
  14. Florida Gators
  15. Texas Longhorns
  16. Utah Utes
  17. Houston Cougars
  18. Iowa Hawkeyes
  19. Washington Huskies
  20. Utah State Aggies
  21. Mississippi St. Bulldogs
  22. Virginia Cavaliers
  23. Fresno State Bulldogs
  24. Syracuse Orange
  25. Boston College Eagles

AP Top 25 Poll Week 10

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. Clemson Tigers
  3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  4. LSU Tigers
  5. Michigan Wolverines
  6. Georgia Bulldogs
  7. Oklahoma Sooners
  8. Ohio State Buckeyes
  9. UCF Knights
  10. Washington State Cougars
  11. Kentucky Wildcats
  12. West Virginia Mountaineers
  13. Florida Gators
  14. Penn State Nittany Lions
  15. Texas Longhorns
  16. Utah Utes
  17. Houston Cougars
  18. Utah State Aggies
  19. Iowa Hawkeyes
  20. Fresno State Bulldogs
  21. Mississippi St. Bulldogs
  22. Syracuse Orange
  23. Virginia Cavaliers
  24. Boston College Eagles
  25. Texas A&M Aggies

Over at ESPN, Kentucky finally cracked the top 10, and they’ll host No. 7 Georgia this Saturday at Kroger Field.

Just like everybody predicted, the SEC East title will go through Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats, despite being anemic offensively, found a way to grind out an improbable comeback win on the road against Missouri and will face Georgia next week at home for the SEC East title. Quarterback Terry Wilson was benched after struggling to throw the football but returned to lead the Wildcats to the victory. This is the first time since 1977 that Kentucky has been assured of a winning record in SEC play.

Here’s a look at ESPN’s top 10:

  1. Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC)
  2. Clemson (8-0, 5-0 ACC)
  3. Notre Dame (8-0)
  4. LSU (7-1, 4-1 SEC)
  5. Michigan (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten)
  6. Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1 Big 12)
  7. Georgia (7-1, 5-1 SEC)
  8. Ohio State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten)
  9. UCF (7-0, 4-0 American)
  10. Kentucky (7-1, 5-1 SEC)

The latest rankings from CBS were more of the same, as Kentucky also checked in at No. 10 there:

Everything is setting up as well as Kentucky could have hoped. Georgia is coming to town next week, and the SEC East is on the line. Thanks to a walk-off touchdown against Missouri, the Wildcats have a chance to take the lead in the division race when the Bulldogs come to town.

Here’s a look at CBS’ new top 10:

  1. Alabama (Last week -- 1):
  2. Clemson (2):
  3. Notre Dame (3)
  4. LSU (4):
  5. Michigan (5):
  6. Georgia (7):
  7. Oklahoma (8):
  8. UCF (10)
  9. Ohio State (11)
  10. Kentucky (12)