The college football AP Poll released their updated rankings on Sunday afternoon. Besides the first two teams remaining the same, their was significant change within the top 10. Two new teams made their way into the first 10, while a pair of SEC teams tumbled their way into the middle of the Top 25. The AP Poll only features one new team, and they are the Wisconsin Badgers at No. 25. Otherwise, all of the teams from the previous are in the rankings. They just have a different number attached.
Mississippi State remained No.1 with 45 first place votes. To be honest, they didn’t look like a No.1 team should on their home turf, but they got the job done in the end. Part of the reason the Bulldogs maintained their status as the top ranked team is due to the struggles of every other team behind them.
Mainly, the Florida State Seminoles also had to recover from a large deficit in their Thursday night battle with Louisville. The Seminoles received the 15 remaining first place votes and come in as the No.2 team.
In similar fashion to the coaches poll, Auburn jumped Alabama for the No.3 slot. They weight of Auburn’s victory over Ole Miss is holding weight. In addition, the Tigers’ only loss came to Mississippi State on the road.
With No.4 Alabama and No.5 Oregon Ducks holding steady, The TCU Horned Frogs jumped up four spots to No.6. TCU leapfrogged over idle Michigan State, and unimpressive Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish actually dropped two spots to No.8.
The most overlooked team in the country is Kansas State. The No.9 Wildcats moved into the top 10 just in time for their game with TCU. They are followed by fellow Big 12 member, Baylor.
The SEC and Big 12 each have three teams in the top 10. It just so happens that the SEC’s come in the first five, while the Big 12’s power is showcased in the bottom five. However, next weekend will provided plenty of changes for the top teams.
Ole Miss is coming off of two heartbreaking losses. Still, the Rebels find their team in contention for a college football playoff berth. Many thought of their game with Auburn as an elimination game, but it was just a major setback for now. The Rebels dropped to No.12, but they are still one spot ahead of No.13 Ohio State.
LSU is one of the teams that beat Ole Miss, yet they are still ranked two spots below at No.14. LSU is also in the running for one of the top four playoff spots when the time comes. First, they have unenviable task of beating Alabama at home this Saturday.
The Two largest drops in the AP Poll came by Georgia and Arizona. The Bulldogs fell eight spots to No.17 after losing a horrible game to Florida. The Arizona Wildcats couldn’t produce any offense against No.18 UCLA. Arizona dropped seven spots to No.21.
Here is the AP Top 25 poll. Here is the breakdown of the Coaches poll Top 25.
1. Mississippi State (45 first-place votes)
2. Florida State (15)
7. Michigan State
8. Notre Dame
9. Kansas State
11. Arizona State
12. Ole Miss
13. Ohio State
24. West Virginia