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The Cats are riding high after crushing the Cardinals.

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It’s been a wild and memorable season for the Kentucky Wildcats.

It featured some of the highest of highs (Florida, Miss. State) and lowest of lows (Tennessee...), but in the end, the Wildcats finished off one of the best seasons in program history with a destruction of Louisville in the Governor’s Cup.

With a 9-3 finish, Kentucky is right around the top-15 range of every top-25 poll and power ranking as we enter the postseason. We’re still a week away from the final College Football Playoff rankings and bowls being announced, but it’s looking like the Wildcats will face the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Citrus Bowl, though it could also end up being the Northwestern Wildcats.

The latest Coaches Poll has Kentucky checking in at the No. 15 spot, while the AP Poll has them at No. 16. Respect the Wildcats to be ranked higher in the new CFP rankings on Tuesday.

AP Top 25 Poll Week 13

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

Coaches Top 25 Poll Week 13

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

The latest CBS Sports rankings have Kentucky at No. 16.

We haven’t gotten to see the Wildcats offense really open up many times this season, but Louisville is just the opponent that might contribute to such results here in late 2018. Kentucky exorcised some rivalry demons as it hung 50 on the scoreboard in Cardinals Stadium.

The Massey ratings have Kentucky at No. 18.

ESPN’s latest power rankings have the Wildcats sitting at No. 15.

The Wildcats fell just short of winning their first SEC East title, but it was still a heck of a season, culminating with Saturday night’s 56-10 blowout of rival Louisville. It was UK’s second-biggest win in the Governor’s Cup series; it won 73-0 in 1922. The Wildcats won at least nine games in a regular season for only the fourth time in school history and the first since 1977. They won six games against bowl-eligible opponents and finished 5-3 against SEC foes. Given its momentum, Kentucky is possibly headed to the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day, where it will try to earn its first postseason victory since defeating East Carolina 25-19 in the Liberty Bowl after the 2008 season.

Here’s a look at ESPN’s top 10:

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

We’ll upload the AP Top 25 Poll when it’s released later.