AP Poll Breakdown: Mississippi State and Miami Rise Big, Big Ten and Pac-12 Included Now

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The AP released its latest top 25. Here are the rankings:

1. Clemson
2. Alabama
3. Florida
4. Georgia
5. Notre Dame
6. Ohio State
7. Auburn
8. Miami
9. Texas
10. Penn State
11. UCF
12. North Carolina
13. Texas A&M
14. Oregon
15. Cincinnati
16. Mississippi State
17. Oklahoma State
18. Oklahoma
19. Wisconsin
20. LSU
21. Tennessee
22. BYU
23. Michigan
24. Pittsburgh
25. Memphis


1) Now that this includes the Big Ten and Pac-12, we’ve got Ohio State (6), Penn State (10), Oregon (14), Wisconsin (19), and Michigan (23). It’ll be interesting to see if they move up or down before they start play at the end of October / beginning of November.

2) Oklahoma slid from no. 3 to 18 and LSU slid from no. 6 to 20 after getting upset by Kansas State and Mississippi State.

3) Miami continues to rise, going from no. 12 to 8. This is an even bigger leap considering the Big Ten is now involved, but they shellacked Florida State and QB D’Eriq King looks super impressive.

4) Mississippi State leapfrogged a ton of teams, including Tennessee (which actually slid five spots, in part due to inclusion of the Big Ten and Pac-12, despite beating South Carolina). Last week, Mike Leach’s Bulldogs were unranked. A lot of respect for the KJ Costello air raid.

5) Near the top, Florida who was impressive in beating Ole Miss leapfrogged Georgia which struggled into the second half with Arkansas.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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