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Kentucky rises in final AP and Coaches Top 25 Polls

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The Wildcats narrowly miss out on a top-10 finish.

NCAA Football: Citrus Bowl-Kentucky vs Penn State Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The final AP Top 25 Poll is out, and the Kentucky Wildcats got one final bump.

Thanks to a win over Penn State and several losses by teams also in the top 15, Kentucky moved up to the No. 12 spot, just narrowly missing out on a top 10 finish after going 10-3.

As you can imagine, national champion Clemson finished No. 1 after dominating Alabama in the title game. Six SEC teams finished in the top 25.

Kentucky’s best win of the season ended up being at Florida, as the Gators finished in a tie with Georgia for the seventh-best team in the final poll.

All in all, this was a very special season for the Wildcats that won’t soon be forgotten. Hopefully, Mark Stoops and his staff are around for many years to come and can have another team that wins 10 games, though it will be hard to ever replicate what this team was able to accomplish.

AP Top 25 Poll

1. Clemson Tigers

2. Alabama Crimson Tide

3. Ohio State Buckeyes

4. Oklahoma Sooners

5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

6. LSU Tigers

7. Tie between Florida Gators & Georgia Bulldogs

9. Texas Longhorns

10. Washington State Cougars

11. UCF Knights

12. Kentucky Wildcats

13. Washington Huskies

14. Michigan Wolverines

15. Syracuse Orange

16. Texas A&M Aggies

17. Penn State Nittany Lions

18. Fresno State Bulldogs

19. Army Black Knights

20. West Virginia Mountaineers

21. Northwestern Wildcats

22. Utah State Aggies

23. Boise State Broncos

24. Cincinnati Bearcats

25. Iowa Hawkeyes

The final Coaches Poll has Kentucky finishing a spot higher at No. 11.

Coaches Top 25 Poll

1. Clemson Tigers

2. Alabama Crimson Tide

3. Ohio State Buckeyes

4. Oklahoma Sooners

5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

6. Florida Gators

7. LSU Tigers

8. Georgia Bulldogs

9. Texas Longhorns

10. Washington State Cougars

11. Kentucky Wildcats

12. UCF Knights

13. Washington Huskies

14. Michigan Wolverines

15. Syracuse Orange

16. Texas A&M Aggies

17. Penn State Nittany Lions

18. Fresno State Bulldogs

19. Northwestern Wildcats

20. Army Black Knights

21. Utah State Aggies

22. West Virginia Mountaineers

23. Cincinnati Bearcats

24. Boise State Broncos

25. Mississippi St. Bulldogs