Despite an opening week that saw the SEC play to a 7-7 record, the conference still managed to get six teams ranked in the latest edition of the Associated Press Poll.
To nobody’s surprise, Alabama remained the nation’s No. 1 ranked team following the Crimson Tide’s dominant 52-6 win over Southern Cal. Alabama’s defense seems to pick up right where it left off last year, and freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts paced the Tide behind four total touchdowns.
Georgia (No. 9) came in as the conference’s second-highest ranked team following a 33-24 victory over North Carolina in the Georgia Dome. The Bulldogs jumped up nine spots following Kirby Smart’s first win as the head man in Athens.
Tennessee, which was picked to win the East during this summer’s SEC Media Days, was ranked behind the Bulldogs after needing overtime to top Appalachian State. The Vols came in at No. 17 as they prepare for Virginia Tech and Bristol Motor Speedway in Week 2.
Ole Miss got off to a hot start against Florida State on Monday, but failed to play consistent football en route to an opening week loss and No. 19 ranking in this week’s poll.
Texas A&M entered the ranking for the first time after topping UCLA in College Station on Saturday.
After starting the season at No. 5 in the AP poll, LSU saw itself as the final SEC team ranked. The Tigers ended up at No. 21 following a 16-14 loss to Wisconsin at Lambeau Field.
The Gators dropped out of the Top 25 after playing to a sloppy 24-7 victory over UMass.
|Ranking (First Place Votes)||Points|
|1. Alabama (54)||1,518|
|2. Clemson (2)||1,416|
|3. Florida State *4)||1, 413|
|4. Ohio State||1,324|
|12. Michigan State||722|
|18. Notre Dame||528|
|19. Ole Miss||493|
|20. Texas A&M||477|
|22. Oklahoma State||409|