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The SEC’s Presence in the AP Poll

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The Associated Press released its weekly college football poll Monday. The top 25 poll is usually released on Sunday at 1 p.m., but a Sunday matchup between South Carolina and Georgia in Columbia, South Carolina, due to a Hurricane Matthew delay, pushed the release date back one day. The Poll features seven Southeastern Conference teams in the top 25, with three teams cracking the top 10.

No. 1 Alabama 6-0 (3-0)

After an impressive showing against Arkansas, the Crimson Tide sit at the top of the standings once again. Head coach Nick Saban’s squad has already taken down Ole Miss and Arkansas and seem to be on their way to another College Football Playoff appearance.

The Tide were able to disrupt the Razorback offense, allowing only 76 rushing yards and forcing five turnovers in the game. Alabama’s freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts ran for two touchdowns and threw for two touchdowns against the Razorbacks.

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Alabama is slated to participate in two straight games against top-10 SEC opponents. Next week the Tide travel to No. 9 Tennessee, then turn around to take on the red-hot No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies.

No. 6 Texas A&M 6-0 (4-0)

The Aggies moved up two spots in the poll after keeping their College Football Playoff hopes alive against Tennessee. Texas A&M is undefeated heading into the seventh week of the season and they’ve won a total of four SEC matchups, beating Auburn, South Carolina, Arkansas and Tennessee.

The Aggies are best known for their strong defensive front. Defensive end Myles Garrett is projected to be the first pick in next year’s NFL Draft. The team’s offense has been using a balanced attack with Oklahoma transfer Trevor Knight leading the way, throwing for 1,551 yards. The Aggie running backs have also made their mark with 1,646 rushing yards this season.

In last week’s matchup against Tennessee, the Aggies’ backfield managed to rush for 353 yards.

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Texas A&M has a bye next week and will rest up for their biggest matchup of the season against Alabama on Oct. 22. The Aggies will travel to Tuscaloosa, AL to face the top-ranked team in the country.

No. 9 Tennessee 5-1 (2-1)

The Tennessee Volunteers remain at the No. 9 spot in the AP Poll after a tight loss to the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies. The then-No. 8 Aggies were able to outlast the Volunteers’ late-game surge and hand Tennessee its first loss of the season.

Tennessee has relied heavily on its rushing attack. The team has already racked up 1,155 running yards thanks to a dynamic backfield featuring running back Jalen Hurd and dual-threat quarterback Joshua Dobbs.

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The Vols will attempt to knock off the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide at home.

 

No. 12 Ole Miss 3-2 (1-1)

Ole Miss climbed two spots in the AP Poll this week after taking care of business against the Memphis Tigers at home in Oxford, Mississippi. The Rebels are the highest-ranked two-loss team in the country with losses against then-No. 4 Florida State and No. 1 Alabama in week four.

Ole Miss quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Chad Kelly has played up to his expectations all season long. The gunslinger has thrown for 1,596 yards, 13 passing touchdowns and just four interceptions. Kelly has also racked up 124 rushing yards and one score on the ground.

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On Saturday, Kelly and the Rebels will take on No. 22 Arkansas in Fayetteville. Ole Miss was stunned by Arkansas last year after a thrilling overtime.

 

No. 18 Florida Gators 4-1 (2-1)

The Florida Gators stayed put at No. 18 in the poll this week. The Gators were set to play the LSU Tigers in Gainesville, Florida, last week but that game was postponed indefinitely because of Hurricane Matthew. The Gators only loss of the season came against the Tennessee Volunteers, when Florida blew a huge first half lead.

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The Gators have been without their starting quarterback Luke Del Rio for the past two weeks, but Del Rio is expected to return when the Gators take on the Missouri Tigers at home. Missouri sits at 2-3 overall with an 0-2 record in conference play.

 

No. 22 Arkansas 4-2 (0-2)

The Razorbacks fell six spots to No. 22 after a 49-30 loss against No. 1 Alabama in Fayetteville. The Hogs previously lost in Dallas to the then-No. 10 Texas A&M Aggies by a score of 45-24.

Arkansas’ secondary was overmatched by a dual-threat quarterback yet again against Bama, as Jalen Hurts’ dominance continued.

Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen continued his impressive season, throwing for 400 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw three interceptions. Arkansas was only able to muster 76 yards on the ground compared to Alabama’s 264.

Up Next

The No. 12 Ole Miss Rebels come to Fayetteville this Saturday to take on the Hogs.

No. 23 Auburn 4-2 (2-1)

Auburn found itself ranked in the AP Poll for the first time all season. A 38-14 win on the road against Mississippi State was enough to propel the Tigers into the 23rd spot in the rankings. Head coach Gus Malzahn's team has only lost to the then-No. 2 Clemson Tigers in week one and then-No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies in week three.

Auburn running back Kamryn Pettway led the way for the Tigers, rushing for 169 yards on 39 carries with three touchdowns against the Bulldogs. The defense for Auburn played well once again, as they held the Mississippi State Bulldogs to just 289 yards of total offense and only allowed two touchdowns.

Up Next

The Tigers have a bye next week. They will host No. 22 Arkansas the following week.

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