Ole Miss, Mississippi State climb into top five in Week 7 AP poll

Sunday October 5th, 2014

This past weekend was only the second time in the Associated Press poll's 78-year history that 11 ranked teams lost during the same week. Understandably, the Week 7 AP poll released on Sunday features plenty of shake-ups.

Here is the newest AP poll in its entirety:

1. Florida State (35)

2. Auburn (23)

T-3. Mississippi State (2)

T-3. Ole Miss

5. Baylor

6. Notre Dame

7. Alabama

8. Michigan State

9. TCU

10. Arizona

11. Oklahoma

12. Oregon

13. Georgia

14. Texas A&M

15. Ohio State

16. Oklahoma State

17. Kansas State

18. UCLA

19. East Carolina

20. Arizona State

21. Nebraska

22. Georgia Tech

23. Missouri

24. Utah

25. Stanford

A few thoughts:

1. Two SEC programs in the Magnolia State reaped the benefits of a monumental day of football. After Mississippi State beat Texas A&M and Ole Miss toppled Alabama on Saturday, the Bulldogs and Rebels now sit tied at No. 3 in the AP poll. Interestingly, coach Dan Mullen's squad earned two first-place votes, but Hugh Freeze's team earned none. Either way, that means next weekend's matchup between Auburn and Mississippi State will feature the nation's No. 2 and No. 3 teams. Based on these rankings, that will be the biggest game of the season so far.

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2. Florida State's stranglehold on the No. 1 spot appears to be continually slipping. Auburn garnered 23 first-place votes this week compared to the Seminoles' 35. Though Florida State remains unbeaten, the 'Noles haven't looked as dominant as last season. Still, coach Jimbo Fisher's team is the only program with two wins over current top 25 teams. Florida State will welcome Notre Dame, the poll's current No. 6 team, to Tallahassee in two weeks, a game that will be telling for both programs.

3. A couple of teams made major climbs in the poll this week. TCU leaped from No. 25 to No. 9 with a win over then-No. 4 Oklahoma on Saturday. Arizona's victory over then-No. 2 Oregon on Thursday night earned the Wildcats a move from No. 29 to No. 10. Likewise, the Sooners and Ducks fell to No. 11 and No. 12, respectively.

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