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New College Football Top 25 Polls and Power Rankings

The regular season is winding down.

The college football regular season is winding down, and the Kentucky Wildcats with it.

After Saturday’s loss to the Tennessee Volunteers, the Cats are tumbling down the latest top 25 polls and power rankings, which really isn’t a surprise. This hasn’t even looked like a top-25 team over the last five games, which includes a loss to unranked Texas A&M, a narrow win over 4-6 Vanderbilt, a miracle comeback vs. Missouri, and then double-digit losses to No. 3 Georgia and unranked Tennessee.

The latest Coaches Top 25 Poll has Kentucky checking in at No. 21, while the AP Poll has them at 20.

AP Top 25 Poll Week 12

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

Coaches Top 25 Poll Week 12

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

The latest CBS Sports rankings have Kentucky at No. 25. The Massey ratings have Kentucky at No. 15. S&P actually has Kentucky falling all the way down to 48. While the season as a whole has been better than that, that’s also about as good as Kentucky has been over the last five games.

ESPN’s latest power rankings have the Wildcats sitting at No. 17.

A season once filled with so much promise for Kentucky has suddenly hit the November blahs. The Wildcats lost for the second straight week, and this is one that will sting for some time. Kentucky was trying to win for the first time in Neyland Stadium since 1984 but was dominated at the line of scrimmage by the Vols. The Wildcats managed only 68 yards of total offense in the first half in falling behind 24-0 and blew any chance they might have had for a New Year’s Six bowl game with a lopsided loss to their archrival.

Here’s a look at ESPN’s top 10:

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Michigan
  5. Georgia
  6. Oklahoma
  7. LSU
  8. West Virginia
  9. Ohio State
  10. Washington State