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UCLA QB Brett Hundley
Moving forward in our analysis, we again find only minor differences between the two polls in the 20-16 grouping.
The Coaches Poll has Central Florida in at No. 17 with Oklahoma up in the 15-11 grouping, while the AP voters reversed the two.
We're already on record as saying that any poll with Central Florida behind Louisville is a sham because of the Knights' head-to-head victory over the Cardinals. Regardless of how George O'Leary's team has played in recent weeks, it's going to look weird when it wins the conference and makes a BCS bowl despite being ranked behind Teddy Bridgewater and company.
But enough of that, because in this range you'll find the same four teams in both polls: Duke, Louisville, UCLA and Northern Illinois.
If it still seems odd seeing Duke ranked this high in a college football poll, we understand. But know that the Blue Devils deserve every bit of praise thrown their way this week, even if they've managed to barely scrape by a couple of bad teams recently. Somehow, this team manages to get it done, so no one should be surprised if it at least manages to stay competitive with Florida State for awhile.
After a bye week, Louisville now has one final game against Cincinnati on the road. Because the Bearcats have proven to be a pretty solid team in 2013, this looks like a great opportunity for the Cardinals to end the season on a high note.
Northern Illinois is a team that continues to be a hot topic of debate, because while you could argue that the Huskies are only ranked this high because of a weak schedule, there's no denying they are a quality football team. The question then becomes, just how good are they? We may find out when they take on Bowling Green in the MAC championship, where, with a win, they'll likely punch a ticket to a BCS game for the second year in a row.
Finally, we have UCLA. The Bruins have just three losses this season, with those coming against the Cardinal, Ducks and Sun Devils. Given how well Arizona State has played in the second half of the season, none of the losses look all that bad. We're going to venture a guess that whoever Brett Hundley and company square off against in a bowl game may be in trouble.