LSU re-entered Sunday’s Associated Press college football poll at No. 18, and South Carolina at No. 25 ranked for the first time in four seasons, giving the SEC seven ranked teams.
The top six teams in Regions Bank’s AP Top 25 maintained their spots after winning or not playing last weekend.
Georgia is the No. 1 for the third straight week, while No. 2 Ohio state is gaining ground after blowing up Iowa. The idle Bulldogs received 31 first place votes and 1,530 points, and the Buckeyes received 18 first place votes and 1,513 points.
#3 Tennessee received 13 votes for first place. number 4 Michigan#5 Clemson and number 6 Alabama also held their places, with the Tigers earning first place.
#7 TCU moved up a spot after going unbeaten with a second-half comeback State of Kansas. Oregon jumped two places to a season-high No. 8 after routing UCLA.
State of Oklahoma is No. 9, followed by Southern California and Wake Forest in a tie at No. 10.
The Demon Deacons had never made the top 10 in the AP poll until they peaked at No. 10 last season. Now they’ve done it two years in a row.
LSU firmly awarded Mississippi their first loss of the season in their rookie season under coach Brian Kelly, retiring before their Nov. 5 game against Alabama in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The Tigers were ranked for a week earlier this month before losing to Tennessee. They improved to 6-2 by surpassing Ole Miss 42-3 after falling 14 behind in the first half.
South Carolina is re-ranked under second-year coach Shane Beamer for the first time in a week-long stint following the opening weekend of the 2018 season. The Gamecocks beat Texas A&M to go 5-2. They have not been scored this late in a season since 2013.
LSU’s entry into the rankings ahead of the week ensures Tigers-Tide will be a ranked team matchup for the first time since rivals SEC West played a 1-on-2 game in 2019.
Alabama is also free next week.
The Tigers fell behind after winning the national title in 19 and have not been ranked their last two seasons playing the Crimson Tide.
That broke a streak of 14 straight seasons in which LSU and Alabama both ranked when they played.
— LSU and Tulane are both ranked for the first time since 1998, though Louisiana schools went in different directions this season as they overlapped.
In early October, the Tigers and Green Wave were in the top 25 for two weeks, but LSU fell out the next week, finishing 4-7. The Green Wave went into an unbeaten season and finished 7th.
—Texas is unranked again after taking a second-half lead at Oklahoma State. The Longhorns fell to 5-3.
– The state of Mississippi was again unlucky to catch Alabama immediately after a Tide loss and was knocked out of the rankings. The Bulldogs scored a touchdown in Tuscaloosa for the first time since 2014. This happened on the last turn of the game.
SEC – 7 (#1, 3, 6, 15, 18, 19, 25).
ACC – 5 (#5, 10, 16, 21, 24).
Big Ten – 4 (Nos. 2, 4, 13, 17)
Pac-12 – 4 (#8, 10, 12, 14).
Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 7, 9, 22).
American – 2 (Nos. 20, 23).
RANKED vs RANKED
After there were a total of 11 matching matches with ranked teams in the past two weeks, the next table isn’t quite as juicy anymore.
-No. 2 Ohio State at #13 Pennsylvania. Sixth consecutive meeting with both rankings. The Buckeyes won the last five.
-No. 19 Kentucky at No. 3 Tennessee. The last time the Wildcats and Volunteers were both ranked when they played was in 1951.
-No. 9 State of Oklahoma in State No. 22 Kansas. The second meeting of 65 matchups with both rankings. The first was in 2011 when the Cowboys won 52-45.
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