Five teams from the Southeastern Conference made the cut for this week’s AP Top 25. Not only that, but three teams from your favorite conference are in the Top 10.
Despite being demolished by the Duke Blue Devils, the Kentucky Wildcats are still in the Top 10. The ‘Cats fell down from 2nd to 10th, edging out the Michigan State Spartans who are creeping behind. UK bounced back from that Duke loss with a win over the Southern Illinois Salukis, which probably kept them away from a worser fate.
But Kentucky is not the lead dog in the SEC right now. That’s the Tennessee Volunteers. The Vols are currently 5th in the polls right now and even received one first-place vote. This is the Vols’ first appearance in the Top 10 since the 2010-11 season. That year they got as high as 7th in the polls. Of course, they haven’t been in the Top 5 since the 2007-08 season, when they went as high as No. 1 in the country. There’s no telling if that fate awaits them this season, but they are certainly one step closer.
The Auburn Tigers are also in the Top 10, as they sit at 9th after being 11th last week. The Tigers, 2-0, are in the Top 10 for only the second time since the 1999-00 season. They, of course, got as high as 8th last season, which was as high as they’ve been since that ‘99-’00 year, when they got to as high as 2nd in the nation.
The other teams that got into the Top 25 were the Mississippi State Bulldogs and LSU Tigers. Mississippi State leapt up one spot from 18th to 17th, and LSU went up to 22nd after being 23rd to start the season.
Other SEC teams who received votes in this week’s poll were the Alabama Crimson Tide (11), Florida Gators (9) and Vanderbilt Commodores (4).