The Alabama Crimson Tide are the No. 1 team in the country once again, but another team from the SEC is gaining serious ground.
Alabama’s reign at the top will live on for another week on after the Tide defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks in Tuscaloosa. The Tide are No. 1 in both the AP Top 25 and the USA TODAY Coaches Poll this week, a unanimous choice in each.
The Georgia Bulldogs though have gained enormous ground on the Tide’s No. 1 spot. UGA is now the consensus No. 3 team in the nation following their victory over the Missouri Tigers. Thanks to the Clemson Tigers’ loss to the Syracuse Orange, UGA was able to hop up to the No. 3 spot.
The ‘Dawgs haven’t been No. 3 in the AP poll since the week of November 25, 2012. The same can be said about their spot in the USA TODAY poll. That ensuing week, they of course played Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Seven weeks have gone by, and UGA-Bama seems like the likeliest of scenarios this season.
Georgia and Alabama are the only SEC teams in the Top 10. In fact, they’re the only in the Top 20 either. You would have to go down to No. 21 to find the next team from the conference. That’s the Auburn Tigers, who fell from the 10/11 spots in the polls after their loss to the LSU Tigers. Auburn blew a 20-0 lead in Baton Rouge as they sought their first win in Death Valley since 1999. As a result, they have been promptly bounced to the consensus 21st spot.
Speaking of LSU, they 24th and 25th in the polls in after their win over the Tigers. The Texas A&M Aggies snuck in, getting to 24th in the USA TODAY poll after their win over the Florida Gators.
Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Florida all received votes this week.
Week 9 AP Top 25
Week 9 USA TODAY poll