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UK inches closer toward top 25

The Cats are one win away from making it back in.

We’re now two weeks through the 2019 college football season.

This past week was a lot of Power 5 programs taking on cupcakes and top 25 teams facing unranked opponents, but there still ended up being a lot of movement in the new top 25 polls.

That’s because six top 25 teams went down this week, the most notable being Texas at home to LSU in a shootout between top 10 foes. The other big-time clash was Clemson hosting Texas A&M, but the Tigers rolled to an easy win over a clearly overmatched Aggies squad.

But there was some huge upsets in the Pac-12 this week, where Washington fell at home to Cal, while Stanford got whipped by USC. Nebraska also fell on the road to Colorado.

As for the Kentucky Wildcats, they had a real shot at cracking the new Coaches Top 25 poll after getting the fourth-most votes of non-top 25 teams last week. But while they did pick up a 21-point win over Eastern Michigan, they also lost quarterback Terry Wilson to potentially season-ending knee injury.

That will prevent Kentucky from cracking the top 25 unless they upset a top-10 Florida team this Saturday at Kroger Field.

The new AP Poll has Kentucky receiving two votes, which would put them as the No. 37.

College Football Coaches Top 25 Poll

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

Others receiving votes: Virginia 64; Kentucky 62; California 51; Iowa State 48; Memphis 46; Oklahoma State 45; North Carolina 42; Boston College 31; Army 31; Texas Christian 28; NC State 28; Colorado 16; Stanford 8; Hawaii 7; Appalachian State 6; Minnesota 5; Wyoming 3; Wake Forest 2; Troy 2; Arizona State 2; Tulane 1; Nebraska 1; Navy 1.

AP Top 25 Poll

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