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BRING ON THE CATS TOP 25 POLL: Week 13

Almost nothing changed in Week 13 of the Bring On The Cats Top 25 Poll. Sorry, I just can't spin it any better than that.

Resilient Utah State isn't just the newest team to ascend into the BOTC Top 25 — it's also to the first three-loss team to reach .750 and appear on my ballot.
Resilient Utah State isn't just the newest team to ascend into the BOTC Top 25 — it's also to the first three-loss team to reach .750 and appear on my ballot.
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I present to you Week 13 of the Bring On The Cats Top 25 Poll, in which virtually nothing changed after a blasé week that featured scintillating match-ups such as Samford at Auburn and Western Carolina at Alabama.

Bring On The Cats Top 25 Poll — Week 13

Rank AP CFP Team Record Points Delta
1 1 3 Florida State Seminoles (4) 11-0 (8-0) 237
2 2 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (3) 10-1 (6-1) 233 Arrow_up 1
3 3 2 Oregon Ducks (3) 10-1 (7-1) 232 Arrow_down 1
4 6 5 TCU Horned Frogs 9-1 (6-1) 218
5 4 4 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 10-1 (6-1) 217
6 5 7 Baylor Bears 9-1 (6-1) 207
7 7 6 Ohio State Buckeyes 10-1 (7-0) 184
8 10 10 Michigan State Spartans 9-2 (6-1) 172
9 11 12 Kansas State Wildcats 8-2 (6-1) 169
10 9 8 UCLA Bruins 9-2 (6-2) 145 Arrow_up 1
11 12 11 Arizona Wildcats 9-2 (6-2) 139 Arrow_up 2
12 8 9 Georgia Bulldogs 9-2 (6-2) 131
13 19 24 Marshall Thundering Herd 11-0 (7-0) 112 Arrow_up 3
14 21 NR Colorado State Rams 10-1 (6-1) 108
15 13 13 Arizona State Sun Devils 9-2 (6-2) 102
16 14 14 Wisconsin Badgers 9-2 (6-1) 101 Arrow_up 1
17 16 16 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 9-2 (6-2) 91 Arrow_up 1
18 15 15 Auburn Tigers 8-3 (4-3) 77 Arrow_up 1
19 25 23 Boise State Broncos 9-2 (6-1) 64 Arrow_up 3
20 17 17 Missouri Tigers 9-2 (6-1) 62
21 18 19 Ole Miss Rebels 8-3 (4-3) 41 Arrow_down 11
22 20 20 Oklahoma Sooners 8-3 (5-3) 37 Arrow_up 5
23 22 18 Minnesota Golden Gophers 8-3 (5-2) 28 Arrow_up 9
24 NR NR Northern Illinois Huskies 9-2 (6-1) 23 Arrow_up 4
25 NR NR Utah State Aggies 9-3 (6-1) 16 Arrow_up 8
Dropouts: Duke Blue Devils, Utah Utes, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Others Receiving Votes: Harvard 15, North Dakota State 15, Utah 11, Clemson 10, Notre Dame 10, Louisville 9, Nebraska 9, West Virginia 8, Texas A&M 5, Duke 4, Georgia Southern 4, Memphis 3, Coastal Carolina 2, LSU 2, Illinois State 1

As always, your slate of voters is myself, Curtis Kitchen, EMAW 4 Ever, Jon Morse, JT VanGilder, Luke Thompson, nugget1224, PurpleBrunette, wildcat00 and KSUEMAW!

The changes from last week's poll can be summarized fairly succinctly, because there frankly weren't that many.

As in the "real" polls, the top 10 was basically unchanged, although Florida State lost further ground and four first-place votes to Alabama and Oregon, which also switched places.

Marshall jumped Colorado State and Arizona State, but the rest of the top 20 was only minor adjustments.

After the plummeted Mississippi, four new faces entered the poll. Two are familiar, but Northern Illinois and Utah State are making their first appearances.

That means it's finally time to say goodbye to the overrated Cornhuskers and Fighting Irish.

When teams such as Harvard are one vote out of the poll, it really speaks to how much we collectively disdain those two programs when they're bringing up the rear.

  • The BOTC voters agree with the Associated Press only on the rankings of No. 1 Florida State, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon and No. 7 Ohio State.
  • The biggest positive AP divergences were a six-spot boost for Marshall and a seven-place increase for Colorado State.
  • On the negative side, Georgia (-4), Auburn (-3), Missouri (-3) and Ole Miss (-3) all were punished for being overrated SEC teams with ugly losses. This is a Big 12-biased poll, y'all, and don't you forget it.
  • The BOTC voters agree with the College Football Playoff selection committee on the ranking of No. 11 Arizona, and that's it.
  • Now, most of our rankings were within one or two places for most of the top 25 teams. The exceptions are Kansas State (+3), Georgia (-3), Marshall (+11), Auburn (-3), Boise State (+4), Missouri (-3) and Minnesota (-5). Colorado State, Northern Illinois and Utah State are not ranked in the CFP Top 25.
  • Colorado State narrowly edged out Marshall for the variance title this week, ranging anywhere from eighth (me) to 23rd (Luke).
  • Among the 13 teams ranked on all 10 ballots, Georgia was the only team in double figures. The Bulldogs checked in from eighth to 17th.
  • The highest-ranked teams not to appear on every ballot are Marshall and Arizona State, each left off one ballot.
  • No unranked team appeared on more than four ballots this week. Very slim pickings, indeed.
  • Air Force and USC received votes last week, but not this week.