AP Top 25 poll: Record four SEC teams among top five

Mississippi State held its grip atop the AP Top 25 poll for a second week despite No. 2 Florida State’s hard-fought victory over No. 5 Notre Dame.

The Bulldogs, who were idle this week, saw their lead shrink from 65 votes to 47 votes following Saturday’s result in Tallahassee. This week’s poll is also significant because the SEC became the first league to place four teams in the top five. Alabama and Auburn rejoined the top-five party after No. 4 Baylor and the fifth-ranked Irish fell.

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Alabama has just a 4-vote advantage over its in-state rival Auburn.

Introducing the AP Top 25 poll heading into Week 9.

Associated Press Top 25 poll (through Oct. 18 games)

(first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Mississippi State 6-0 (43), 1,480  Last week: 1

2. Florida State 7-0 (14), 1,433  Last week: 2

3. Mississippi 7-0 (3), 1,404  Last week: 3

4. Alabama 6-1, 1,235  Last week: 7

5. Auburn 5-1, 1,231  Last week: 6

6. Oregon 6-1, 1,142  Last week: 9

7. Notre Dame 6-1, 1,133  Last week: 5

8. Michigan State 6-1, 1,066  Last week: 8

9. Georgia 6-1, 1,055 Last week: 10

10. TCU 5-1, 962  Last week: 12

11. Kansas State 5-1, 905 Last week: 14

12. Baylor 6-1, 858  Last week: 4

13. Ohio State 5-1, 753  Last week: 13

14. Arizona State 5-1, 643  Last week: 17

15. Arizona 5-1, 639  Last week: 16

16. Nebraska 6-1, 537  Last week: 19

17. Oklahoma 5-2, 461 Last week: 11

18. East Carolina 5-1, 445 Last week: 18

19. Utah 5-1, 437  Last week: 20

20. USC 5-2, 356  Last week: 22

21. Clemson 5-2, 283  Last week: 24

22. West Virgina 5-2, 272  Last week: NR

23. Marshall 7-0, 184  Last week: 25

24. LSU 6-2, 177  Last week: NR

25. UCLA 5-2, 118  Last week: NR

Others Receiving Votes

Duke 108, Oklahoma St. 91, Minnesota 61, Colorado St. 12, Louisville 4, Missouri 4, Stanford 4, Maryland 3, N. Dakota St. 3, Texas A&M 1

Dropped out: No. 15 Oklahoma State, No. 21 Texas A&M, No. 23 Stanford 4-3