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BRING ON THE CATS TOP 25 POLL: Week 14

In which the voters literally cannot decide who should be the No. 1 team entering Championship Week.

Nick Saban is not pleased to learn his team is sharing the pole position with another.
Nick Saban is not pleased to learn his team is sharing the pole position with another.
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I present to you Week 14 of the Bring On The Cats Top 25 Poll, in which the voters literally cannot decide who should be the No. 1 team entering Championship Week.

That's right, folks — in a BOTC Top 25 first, there is a tie between Alabama and Oregon for the top spot. If we were to break that tie with first-place votes, Oregon would have the slight edge, 4-3, but that's still as narrow as it gets.

Bring On The Cats Top 25 Poll — Week 14

Rank AP CFP Team Record Points Delta
1 1 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (3) 11-1 (7-1) 239 Arrow_up 1
1 3 2 Oregon Ducks (4) 11-1 (8-1) 239 Arrow_up 2
3 2 4 Florida State Seminoles (3) 12-0 (8-0) 231 Arrow_down 2
4 4 3 TCU Horned Frogs 10-1 (7-1) 224
5 5 6 Baylor Bears 10-1 (7-1) 212 Arrow_up 1
6 6 5 Ohio State Buckeyes 11-1 (8-0) 194 Arrow_up 1
7 7 8 Michigan State Spartans 10-2 (7-1) 186 Arrow_up 1
8 9 9 Kansas State Wildcats 9-2 (7-1) 182 Arrow_up 1
9 8 7 Arizona Wildcats 10-2 (7-2) 172 Arrow_up 2
10 10 10 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 10-2 (6-2) 165 Arrow_down 5
11 11 13 Wisconsin Badgers 10-2 (7-1) 144 Arrow_up 5
12 12 11 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 10-2 (6-2) 129 Arrow_up 5
13 13 12 Ole Miss Rebels 9-3 (5-3) 114 Arrow_up 8
14 14 16 Missouri Tigers 10-2 (7-1) 107 Arrow_up 6
15 22 22 Boise State Broncos 10-2 (7-1) 89 Arrow_up 4
16 15 14 Georgia Bulldogs 9-3 (6-2) 68 Arrow_down 4
17 17 17 Arizona State Sun Devils 9-3 (6-3) 67 Arrow_down 2
18 16 15 UCLA Bruins 9-3 (6-3) 65 Arrow_down 8
19 18 20 Oklahoma Sooners 8-3 (5-3) 58 Arrow_up 3
20 19 18 Clemson Tigers 9-3 (6-2) 57 Arrow_up 9
21 31 NR Colorado State Rams 10-2 (6-2) 46 Arrow_down 7
22 21 21 Louisville Cardinals 9-3 (5-3) 45 Arrow_up 9
23 28 NR Marshall Thundering Herd 11-1 (7-1) 43 Arrow_down 10
24 20 19 Auburn Tigers 8-4 (4-4) 36 Arrow_down 6
25 35 NR Northern Illinois Huskies 10-2 (7-1) 26 Arrow_down 1
Dropouts: Minnesota Golden Gophers, Utah State Aggies
Others Receiving Votes: LSU 20, Memphis 17, Air Force 14, Utah 13, Georgia Southern 12, Minnesota 12, Nebraska 7, Duke 6, USC 5, Harvard 3, Utah State 2, New Hampshire 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!

Mississippi State slid five spots and Georgia four, while Wisconsin and Georgia Tech each rose five.

Ole Miss reclaimed most of its 11-spot fall from last week with an eight-place boost after knocking off Mississippi State, while UCLA had a corresponding eight-spot drop.

Utah State's stay lasted just one week, while Minnesota continued its in-one-week-out-the-next mantra, clearing two spaces for Clemson and Louisville finally to return.

  • The BOTC voters agree with the Associated Press on the rankings of No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 TCU, No. 5 Baylor, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Michigan State, No. 10 Mississippi State, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 12 Georgia Tech, No. 13 Mississippi, No. 14 Missouri and No. 17 Arizona State. By George, I think we've about got it.
  • The biggest positive AP divergences were a five-spot jump for Marshall, a seven-spot boost for Boise State, and whopping 10-place increases for Colorado State and Northern Illinois. Mid-major love FTW!
  • On the negative side, Georgia (-4) and Auburn (-4) once again were punished for being overrated SEC teams with ugly losses.
  • The BOTC voters agree with the College Football Playoff selection committee on the ranking of No. 1 Alabama, No. 10 Mississippi State and No. 17 Arizona State. That's not much, but it's three times as good as last week.
  • Most of our rankings still were within one or two places for most of the top 25 teams. The exceptions are Boise State (+7) and Auburn (-5). Colorado State, Marshall and Northern Illinois are not ranked in the CFP Top 25.
  • Colorado State more than double Boise State in variance, easily claiming the variance title for a second straight week. The Rams ranged anywhere from 10th to 23rd and were left off half the ballots.
  • Among the 14 teams ranked on all 10 ballots, Boise led the way, having been ranked from 11th to 22nd. The Broncos were followed by Ole Miss, which had half as much variance, and a slew of other single-digit teams. This reinforces the agreement with the majority of the AP poll.
  • The highest-ranked teams not to appear on every ballot are Missouri and UCLA, each left off one ballot, with Georgia and Arizona State between them and each not appearing on two ballots.
  • One unranked team appeared on more than four ballots this week: Memphis. This curious oddity is explained by the Tigers not being ranked higher than 21st on any of the six ballots on which they appeared.
  • Coastal Carolina, Illinois State, North Dakota State, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and West Virginia all received votes last week, but not this week. An epitaph: This is the first time all season the Bison haven't received a single vote.