1. Mississippi State (6-0, Last Week: 4th)
The Bulldogs move to the top spot in the AP Poll after their biggest win in school history, beating Auburn 38-23, becoming only the third team to beat top 10 teams in three straight games. They have a bye this week to enjoy their first ever number one ranking, and they have earned it.
2. Ole Miss (6-0, 3rd)
In a hostile environment at Kyle Field, the Rebels defeated Texas A&M, 35-20, and join their in-state rivals as co-leaders in the loaded SEC West. Ole Miss hosts Tennessee in a potential trap game this week ahead of a trip to LSU.
3. Florida State (6-0, 2nd)
The Seminoles beat Syracuse, but only 38-20, which was closer than most expected. They will have to play well to win this week in a top five showdown against Notre Dame.
4. Notre Dame (6-0, 5th)
The Irish survived a high scoring upset bid from North Carolina, winning 50-43 at home over the Tar Heels. That sets up a huge road test at Florida State as they try to stay undefeated.
5. Baylor (6-0, 6th)
The Bears have question marks on defense after allowing 58 points to TCU, but they overcame a 58-37 fourth quarter deficit to beat a top 10 opponent in TCU. They will have a tough road test this week at West Virginia.
6. Auburn (5-1, 1st)
Auburn lost their first regular season game in over a year on the road at Mississippi State, falling 38-23 to the Bulldogs. They still have the talent to win the SEC West, but they now need some help, and they face South Carolina next week after a bye this week.
7. Oregon (5-1, 8th)
The Ducks dominated UCLA in a top 20 matchup, leading 42-10 at one point on their way to a 42-30 win, enough to pass Alabama in these rankings. This week Oregon hosts Washington, before a 6-day week as they host Cal next Friday.
8. Alabama (5-1, 7th)
The Crimson Tide really struggled against Arkansas, and escaped with a 14-13 win over the Hogs, who aren’t a bad team, but are probably the least of the wealthy (if you will) in the SEC West. Alabama hosts Texas A&M Saturday in the renewal of a recently developed rivalry.
9. Michigan State (5-1, 9th)
The Spartans beat Purdue in a closer than expected, 45-31 game, but they did technically take care of business. A relatively down year for the Big Ten allows a relatively easy schedule, which sees them travel to Indiana this week.
10. Georgia (5-1, 10th)
Georgia left no doubts who the best team is in the SEC East, beating division rival Missouri 34-0 on the road on Saturday without suspended RB Todd Gurley. This week, they crossover to play an SEC West opponent, as they travel to Arkansas.
11. Oklahoma (5-1, 11th), 12. Ohio State (4-1, 14th), 13. Arizona State (4-1, 17th), 14. TCU (4-1, 12th), 15. Stanford (4-2, 19th)
16. Clemson (4-2, 16th), 17. Kansas State (5-1, 21st), 18. USC (4-2, 25th), 19. East Carolina (5-1, 20th), 20. Arizona (5-1, 13th)
21. Texas A&M (5-2, 15th), 22. UCLA (4-2, 18th), 23. Oklahoma State (5-1, 22nd), 24. Marshall (6-0, unranked), 25. Nebraska (5-1, unranked)
Fell from rankings: Missouri (4-2, 23rd), Georgia Tech (5-1, 24th)