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UK close to cracking Coaches Top 25 Poll; no love in AP Poll

The Wildcats continue to receiver a lot of votes in the Coaches Poll, while the AP Poll continues to show no respect.

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue

Week 1 is typically when top 25 teams get a tune up against a cupcake, but there a few notable matchups that left some shifting in the newest Coaches Top 25 Poll.

The big game of the week was Oregon vs. Auburn, a game that saw the Tigers come away with a thrilling win in the final seconds.

But other than that, it was a quiet week within the top 25, but that will change in a big way this week with LSU vs. Texas and Clemson vs. Texas A&M.

As for Kentucky, they still aren’t cracking any rankings or top 25 polls following a solid win over Toledo, but they did receive the fourth-most votes of teams outside the top 25. That means they’re a win this week over Eastern Michigan and a handful of upsets away from cracking the top 25 when Florida comes to town in Week 3.

What made Kentucky look even better was how the SEC East struggled mightily in regular-season openers. Perhaps the Wildcats can take advantage and have another special season that eventually gets them into the top 25.

College Football Coaches Top 25 Poll

  1. Clemson Tigers
  2. Alabama Crimson Tide
  3. Georgia Bulldogs
  4. Oklahoma Sooners
  5. Ohio State Buckeyes
  6. LSU Tigers
  7. Michigan Wolverines
  8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  9. Texas Longhorns
  10. Florida Gators
  11. Texas A&M Aggies
  12. Washington Huskies
  13. Auburn Tigers
  14. Penn State Nittany Lions
  15. Utah Utes
  16. Wisconsin Badgers
  17. Central Florida Knights
  18. Oregon Ducks
  19. Iowa Hawkeyes
  20. Michigan State Spartans
  21. Washington State Cougars
  22. Syracuse Orange
  23. Stanford Cardinal
  24. Boise State Broncos
  25. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Others Receiving votes: Mississippi State 92; Cincinnati 49; Iowa State 41; Kentucky 40; Memphis 34; Oklahoma State 32; Virginia 28; Texas Christian 26; Army 24; NC State 18; Miami 11; Southern California 10; Boston College 10; Northwestern 7; Tulane 4; Arizona State 4; Appalachian State 4; Minnesota 3; Hawaii 3; Fresno State 3; Troy 2; North Carolina 2; Wyoming 1; Navy 1.

The latest AP Poll, however, does not have Kentucky getting any votes. North Carolina, who went 2-10 last year, actually got a vote after beating South Carolina. For whatever reason, the AP votes continue to brush off Kentucky as someone even deserving votes, which is odd, but the Cats are used to being written off in favor of lesser teams.

AP Top 25 Poll

  1. Clemson Tigers
  2. Alabama Crimson Tide
  3. Georgia Bulldogs
  4. Oklahoma Sooners
  5. Ohio State Buckeyes
  6. LSU Tigers
  7. Michigan Wolverines
  8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  9. Texas Longhorns
  10. Auburn Tigers
  11. Florida Gators
  12. Texas A&M Aggies
  13. Utah Utes
  14. Washington Huskies
  15. Penn State Nittany Lions
  16. Oregon Ducks
  17. Wisconsin Badgers
  18. Central Florida Knights
  19. Michigan State Spartans
  20. Iowa Hawkeyes
  21. Syracuse Orange
  22. Washington State Cougars
  23. Stanford Cardinal
  24. Boise State Broncos
  25. Tie: Nebraska Cornhuskers & Iowa State Cyclones

Others receiving votes: Virginia 73, TCU 61, Mississippi State 50, Cincinnati 48, Army 31, Miami (FL) 10, Oklahoma State 8, Memphis 6, Arizona State 4, Appalachian State 4, Minnesota 2, USC 1, Boston College 1, North Carolina 1

Over at ESPN, their latest power rankings are pretty similar to the new polls. Auburn surged into the top 10 after a wild win over Oregon, who dropped down to No. 22.

Florida now sits at No. 14 after their so-so outing against a rebuilding Miami team. The Gators come to Kroger Field in less than two weeks in what should be one of, if not the most electric football atmosphere in Lexington this season.

ESPN Top 25

1. Clemson (1-0)

Up next: vs. Texas A&M (Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ABC)

2. Alabama (1-0)

Up next: vs. New Mexico State (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, SECN)

3. Georgia (1-0)

Up next: vs. Murray State (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

4. Oklahoma (1-0)

Up next: vs. South Dakota (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET)

5. Ohio State (1-0)

Up next: vs. Cincinnati (Saturday, 12 p.m. ET, ABC)

6. LSU (1-0)

Up next: at Texas (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC)

7. Texas (1-0)

Up next: vs. LSU (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC)

8. Michigan (1-0)

Up next: vs. Army (Saturday, 12 p.m. ET, FOX)

9. Notre Dame (1-0)

Up next: vs. New Mexico (Sept. 14, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

10. Auburn (1-0)

Up next: vs. Tulane (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

11. Texas A&M (1-0)

Up next: at Clemson (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)

12. Utah (1-0)

Up next: vs. Northern Illinois (Saturday, 1 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network)

13. Washington (1-0)

Up next: vs. California (Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET, FS1)

14. Florida (1-0)

Up next: vs. UT Martin (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU)

15. Penn State (1-0)

Up next: vs. Buffalo (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX)

16. Wisconsin (1-0)

Up next: vs. Central Michigan (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, BTN)

17. UCF (1-0)

Up next: at FAU (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, CBSSN)

18. Iowa (1-0)

Up next: vs. Rutgers (Saturday, 12 p.m. ET, FS1)

19. Syracuse (1-0)

Up next: at Maryland (Saturday, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN)

20. Stanford (1-0)

Up next: at USC (Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

21. Michigan State (1-0)

Up next: vs. Western Michigan (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, BTN)

22. Oregon (0-1)

Up next: vs. Nevada (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, PACN)

23. Boise State (1-0)

Up next: vs. Marshall (Friday, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

24. Washington State (1-0)

Up next: vs. Northern Colorado (Saturday, 5 p.m. ET)

25. Nebraska (1-0)

Up next: at Colorado (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, FOX)

We’ll upload the new AP Poll when it comes out.