COLLEGE STATION - Since their loss to Alabama, Texas A&M has bounced back. After a 24-17 victory over Ole Miss, the Aggies doubled down against teams from the "Magnolia State," winning 49-30 over Mississippi State.
The Aggies (5-3, 3-2 SEC) have looked competitive over the past several weeks. Despite offensive miscues on the road, the team rebounded, scoring on six of seven drives at home. Looking competitive, some believed A&M could return to the AP Top 25 rankings.
They made need to wait another week.
With the new AP Poll released Sunday morning, Texas A&M did not make the list. They did, however, trend in the right direction, receiving 14 votes from the committee, fifth-most of non-ranked teams.
A&M should be able to capitalize on their success this Saturday when the team faces UTSA. A win over the Roadrunner would have the Aggies at 6-3, well deserving of making an appearance in the AP poll once more.
The AP Poll does not feature a three-loss team, with both Texas and Arizona State falling out of the Top 25. Five two-loss teams remain on the board with Kansas State making their first appearance following their 49-41 upset victory over Oklahoma.
The Aggies have already faced a pair of No.1 opponents this season in Clemson and Alabama. They could see a similar result against LSU, who moved into the top spot following their 23-20 victory over then-No.9 Auburn at home. The Tigers will face the Crimson Tide in two weeks at Bryant-Denny Stadium in a top-two ranked showdown.
The Southeastern Conference still features five teams inside the top 25. Alabama and LSU switched spot despite the Crimson Tide securing a 48-7 victory over Arkansas. Florida moved up to No.6 while Georgia remained at No.10 following their bye weeks. After the loss to LSU, Auburn dropped only two spots to No.11, rounding out the conference.