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Alabama consensus #1, Georgia consensus #3 in AP Top 25, USA TODAY poll

Auburn is down to 21, and LSU and Texas A&M join the party

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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

Team Rank Points Prev
Team Rank Points Prev
Alabama (61) 1 1,525 1
Penn State 2 1,432 3
Georgia 3 1,417 4
TCU 4 1,322 6
Wisconsin 5 1,241 7
Ohio State 6 1,184 9
Clemson 7 1,117 2
Miami 8 1,109 11
Oklahoma 9 1,066 12
Oklahoma State 10 900 14
USC 11 886 13
Washington 12 811 5
Notre Dame 13 798 16
Virginia Tech 14 727 15
Washington State 15 578 8
South Florida 16 573 18
NC State 17 573 20
Michigan State 18 563 21
Michigan 19 558 17
UCF 20 387 22
Auburn 21 303 10
Stanford 22 274 23
West Virginia 23 157 -
LSU 24 108 -
Memphis 25 62 -
Others Receiving Votes: Texas A&M 74, Michigan 60, Mississippi St. 43, San Diego St. 7, Georgia Tech 5, South Carolina 2, Marshall 1, Toledo 1

Week 9 USA TODAY poll

Team Rank Points Prev
Team Rank Points Prev
Alabama (64) 1 1,600 1
Penn State 2 1,520 2
Georgia 3 1,463 3
TCU 4 1,385 4
Wisconsin 5 1,343 5
Ohio State 6 1,244 6
Clemson 7 1,173 8
Miami 8 1,172 7
Oklahoma 9 1,084 9
Notre Dame 10 951 16
Washington 11 931 12
Oklahoma State 12 926 11
Virginia Tech 13 818 14
South Florida 14 730 13
NC State 15 683 17
Washington State 16 636 18
UCF 17 561 20
Michigan State 18 560 19
Auburn 19 455 21
Stanford 20 367 22
USC 21 321 10
West Virginia 22 211 23
LSU 23 178 25
Texas A&M 24 151 24
Michigan 25 121 15
Others Receiving Votes: Memphis 119; Iowa State 32; Mississippi State 19; South Carolina 9; Georgia Tech 8; Arizona 6; Colorado State 4; Kentucky 4; Marshall 3; Boise State 3; Navy 3; Arizona State 2; Appalachian State 1; Florida 1; Syracuse 1; Troy 1