After the large amount of losses encountered on Saturday by teams in the lower half of the top 25, voters and coaches alike had a tough job deciding how to reshape the rankings for the upcoming week.
Both the AP and the USA TODAY Coaches Poll have the same teams in the top 10, with just a bit of variation in how they’re placed. Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, and Michigan make up the top four in both polls (in that order). From there, two other SEC teams found their way into the top 10, with Texas A&M reaching 7th (Coaches) and 8th (AP) and Tennessee getting up to 9th in both polls.
The remaining three SEC teams in both polls were Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Florida, each of whom won this past weekend. The Rebels, coming off a 20-point victory against Memphis, managed to reach #14 in both polls. Arkansas took down Alcorn State in a drubbing, sending them up to 16th in the AP Poll & 17th in the Coaches Poll. Finally, Florida—a team that underwhelmed majorly against Vanderbilt—moved up to 18th in both polls.
Now, the SEC did manage to have the most teams in the Coaches Poll of any conference, but they did have some competition in the AP Poll. They had six teams make it into both sets of rankings, but the ACC also placed six teams (Clemson, Louisville, Miami, UNC, Florida State, and Virginia Tech) in the AP Poll.
Georgia managed to fall out of both polls after their grueling loss to Tennessee on a Hail Mary, and LSU continues to receive a sizable amount of votes (enough, in fact, to place them at #26 in the Coaches Poll).