There’s been a changing of the guard in the SEC in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and a traditional SEC power is pretty far down the list.
Texas A&M leads the way for the conference after moving up five spots to No. 10 in the newest poll. The Aggies (15-2, 5-0) earned two victories over Florida and Georgia last week and are now the class of the conference. The Aggies are a deep team with three players scoring in double figures, and led by senior guard Jalen Jones, who is averaging 17.2 points and seven rebounds per game.
Texas A&M is one of the hottest teams in the country and winners of eight straight contests.
Kentucky was one of the biggest fallers in the poll and barely made the top 25. The Wildcats dropped nine spots to No. 23 in the poll, after losing its fourth game of the season to Auburn last weekend. The Wildcats also nearly surrendered a big lead at home to the SEC’s cellar dweller, Mississippi State, last Tuesday.
Directly behind Kentucky is South Carolina. The Gamecocks dropped five spots in the poll to No. 24 after losing its first game of the season on the road to Alabama. South Carolina saw its perfect season end in an ugly 23-point loss to the Crimson Tide, but showed strong resiliency by beating Missouri at home on Saturday.