The Week 2 AP Top 25 is out, and seven teams from your favorite conference are featured.
It comes as no surprise that the Alabama Crimson Tide are still the top-ranked team in the land. The Tide dominated in their opener vs. the Louisville Cardinals, as Tua Tagovailoa looked like the real deal. ‘Bama received 48 first-place votes, while the Clemson Tigers had 12 and the Wisconsin Badgers racked up one.
Within earshot are the Georgia Bulldogs, who held steady at No. 3 after their 45-0 rout over Austin Peay. But the Tide and the Dawgs weren’t the only Top 10 teams, though. The Auburn Tigers rose to No. 7 after their win over the Washington Huskies. Auburn should figure to be a fixture in the Top 10 for some time, especially if they earn wins the way they did on Saturday.
A big riser, or perhaps the biggest riser of the week were the LSU Tigers. After starting at 25th, the Tigers shot all the way up to 11th in the nation. This after their pummeling of the Miami (FL) Hurricanes on Sunday. Certainly, after a performance like that, you’re going to earn plenty of recognition. And so they did.
The SEC had one other team in the Top 20: the Mississippi State Bulldogs. State thumped the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks on Saturday, and held steady at 18th. Even without the presence of star quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who was suspended for the opener, Keytaon Thompson still commanded the offense with serious deft.
Lastly, the South Carolina Gamecocks and Florida Gators maneuvered their way into the Top 25. The Gamecocks and Gators took care of business against Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern, respectively. Thus, they received just enough votes to be featured at 24th and 25th.
The only other team from the SEC to receive votes this week was the Texas A&M Aggies, who picked up 29 to sit at... coincidentally enough, 29th.