Syracuse football ranked No. 18 in final Associated Press poll of regular season

Syracuse football ranked No. 18 in final Associated Press poll of regular season

College Football Top 25 AP Poll, Coaches Poll and Power Rankings Updated

With just one week to go, the list of possible College Football Playoff contenders is pretty well pared down. Things are a little more clear cut than last season when there were paths for nine teams to potentially make the field with conference championship week remaining.

You will note that UCF is not listed among the six teams below. I cannot come up with a scenario that gets the Knights any higher than No. 5 in the final CFP Rankings, and even that is probably generous. Last year, UCF was ranked behind every major conference team with fewer than three losses. That may not be true this year, but it will not be ahead of every two-loss team, and that is what would have to happen for the Knights to get into the four-team field.

And, the prospect of pairing Syracuse and, say, an old Big East rival with a larger fan base in West Virginia — and two explosive offenses with two alpha quarterbacks — should satisfy all parties. West Virginia has played in the Camping World Bowl twice this decade, and the game drew close to 50,000 both times (vs. N.C. State and vs. Miami).

Here is a ranking of the remaining CFP contenders based on how likely they are to earn a spot in the playoff — along with what each team needs to do in order to get into the field. 

Georgia Techs bowl picture getting slightly clearer

Share Share New College Football Top 25 Polls & Power Rankings tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Tres Terrell – Sea of Blue Its been a wild and memorable season for the Kentucky Wildcats.

It featured some of the highest of highs (Florida, Miss. State) and lowest of lows (Tennessee…), but in the end, the Wildcats finished off one of the best seasons in program history with a destruction of Louisville in the Governors Cup.

If Oklahoma beats Texas but does not get invited to the Playoff, Oklahoma would be shipped to the Sugar Bowl, giving the Alamo Bowl the first pick between West Virginia and Texas (the guess here would be Texas, based on geography and program prestige).

With a 9-3 finish, Kentucky is right around the top-15 range of every top-25 poll and power ranking as we enter the postseason. Were still a week away from the final College Football Playoff rankings and bowls being announced, but its looking like the Wildcats will face the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Citrus Bowl, though it could also end up being the Northwestern Wildcats.

The latest Coaches Poll has Kentucky checking in at the No. 15 spot, while the AP Poll has them at No. 16. Respect the Wildcats to be ranked higher in the new CFP rankings on Tuesday.

This much is clear: The Camping World Bowl, which has the top choice of ACC teams after those in either the College Football Playoff or New Year’s Six bowl games, is not an option due to league rules stipulating that a bowl can’t take a team if there is another team available that has two more wins.

We havent gotten to see the Wildcats offense really open up many times this season, but Louisville is just the opponent that might contribute to such results here in late 2018. Kentucky exorcised some rivalry demons as it hung 50 on the scoreboard in Cardinals Stadium.

The Wildcats fell just short of winning their first SEC East title, but it was still a heck of a season, culminating with Saturday nights 56-10 blowout of rival Louisville. It was UKs second-biggest win in the Governors Cup series; it won 73-0 in 1922. The Wildcats won at least nine games in a regular season for only the fourth time in school history and the first since 1977. They won six games against bowl-eligible opponents and finished 5-3 against SEC foes. Given its momentum, Kentucky is possibly headed to the Citrus Bowl on New Years Day, where it will try to earn its first postseason victory since defeating East Carolina 25-19 in the Liberty Bowl after the 2008 season.

The next four possibilities are the four “tier one” bowls – the Belk, Pinstripe, Sun and either the Music City or Gator bowls. All the bowls pick together in collaboration with the ACC, and the Music City and Gator bowls share a pick.

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