LSU reentered the Associated Press College Football poll at No. 18 on Sunday and No. 25 South Carolina earned a ranking for the first time in four seasons, giving the SEC seven ranked teams.
The top six teams in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank held their spots after winning or not playing this past weekend.
Georgia is No. 1 for the third week in a row, with No. 2 Ohio State gaining ground after blowing out 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.
number 3 Tennessee received 13 first place votes. number 4 MichiganNo. 5 Clemson and number 6 Alabama also kept their places, with the Tigers getting first place.
number 7 TCU moved up one place after remaining unbeaten with a second-half comeback Kansas State. Oregon jumped two spots to a season-high No. 8 after transition UCLA.
Oklahoma State is No. 9, followed by Southern California and Wake Forest tied for No. 10.
The Demon Deacons had never cracked the top 10 in the AP poll until they peaked last season at No. 10. They’ve now done it two years in a row.
LSU, in its first season under coach Brian Kelly, handed Mississippi its first loss of the season in emphatic fashion and climbed back into the rankings ahead of its Nov. 5 game against Alabama in Baton Rouge, La.
The Tigers were ranked for one week earlier this month before losing to Tennessee. They improved to 6-2, outscoring Ole Miss 42-3 after trailing by 14 in the first half.
South Carolina, under second-year coach Shane Beamer, is ranked for the first time since a one-week layoff following the opening weekend of the 2018 season. The Gamecocks defeated Texas A&M to improve to 5-2. They haven’t been ranked this late in a season since 2013.
LSU’s move up the rankings before the end of the week ensures that the Tigers-Tide will be a matchup of ranked teams for the first time since the SEC West rivals played a 1-on-2 matchup in 2019.
Alabama is also off next week.
The Tigers regressed after winning the national title in ’19 and were unranked when they played the Crimson Tide each of the last two seasons.
It snapped a streak of 14 straight seasons in which LSU and Alabama were ranked when they played.
— LSU and Tulane are ranked for the first time since 1998, though the Louisiana schools went in different directions when they overlapped this season.
For two weeks in early October, the Tigers and Green Wave were in the Top 25, but LSU fell the following week and finished 4-7. The Green Wave went on to an undefeated season and finished #7.
—Texas unranked again after blowing a second-half lead at Oklahoma State. The Longhorns fell to 5-3.
—Mississippi State again had the misfortune of catching Alabama right after a loss to the Tide and was dropped from the rankings. The Bulldogs scored a touchdown in Tuscaloosa for the first time since 2014. It happened on the final play of the game.
DEC – 7 (No. 1, 3, 6, 15, 18, 19, 25).
ACC — 5 (Nos. 5, 10, 16, 21, 24).
Big Ten — 4 (#2, 4, 13, 17)
Pac-12—4 (#8, 10, 12, 14).
Big 12 — 3 (No. 7, 9, 22).
American — 2 (Nos. 20, 23).
RANKED vs. RANKED
After having a total of 11 games matched up against ranked teams over the past two weeks, the next slate isn’t as juicy.
-No. 2 Ohio State at No. 13 Penn State. Sixth consecutive meeting with the two ranked. The Buckeyes had won the previous five.
-No. 19 Kentucky at No. 3 Tennessee. The last time the Wildcats and Volunteers were ranked when they played was in 1951.
-No. 9 Oklahoma State at No. 22 Kansas State. The second meeting of 65 games, with both sides ranked. The first was in 2011 when the Cowboys won 52-45.
Associated Press reporting.
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