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.
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.