Sunday November 2nd, 2014

Mississippi State held on to the top spot in the latest Associated Press poll after the Bulldogs escaped Arkansas in Starkville on Saturday. Florida State remained at No. 2 while two other SEC teams made up the top four.

The complete AP top 25, with first-place votes in parentheses:

1. Mississippi State (45)

2. Florida State (15)

3. Auburn

4. Alabama

5. Oregon

6. TCU

7. Michigan State

8. Notre Dame

9. Kansas State

10. Baylor

11. Arizona State

12. Ole Miss

13. Ohio State

14. LSU

15. Nebraska

16. Oklahoma

17. Georgia

18. UCLA

19. Clemson

20. Utah

21. Arizona

22. Duke

23. Marshall

24. West Virginia

25. Wisconsin

Three thoughts from the latest poll:

  • There are still three SEC teams ranked in the AP's top five, albeit with a slight shakeup. Auburn jumped Alabama to take the No. 3 spot after sitting at No. 4 last week. The Tigers handed Ole Miss its second straight loss on Saturday, and though they have one loss to Mississippi State, they also have a strong win at No. 9 Kansas State. Auburn and Alabama will face off in the Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 29.
  • TCU continues its climb up the polls after another strong win. It survived a trip to Morgantown against now-No. 24 West Virginia on Saturday. The Horned Frogs, whose only loss came against No. 10 Baylor, will take on No. 9 Kansas State next weekend in a must-win game if they hope to contend in the Big 12.
  • Ole Miss took a major tumble from No. 7 to No. 12 after its second straight loss this weekend. The Rebels began the season with a 7-0 start and were among the many teams contending for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Now, those hopes are all but gone.

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