Four squads from the SEC are again in the AP Top 25 this week.
Alabama, Arkansas, Mizzou and Tennessee are all in the mix this week. This is no change from last week, as all four were featured in the poll and remain fixtures this go-around, despite some very close calls.
Tennessee nearly slipped out of the poll, but remains in at No. 25. The Vols slid down from 19th after another disappointing effort, going 1-1 this week. Their win came against South Carolina, and they were trounced by Kentucky in Knoxville over the weekend. UT hasn’t had much fun since starting 10-1, as they’ve gone 5-5 since their win over Vanderbilt on January 16.
Mizzou’s woes continued this week, and they skidded on down to No. 24 from No. 20. The Tigers did snap their three-game losing streak with a win over South Carolina on Saturday. However, their loss to Georgia loomed large and spurred their descent to the bottom of the rankings. Not too long ago they were #10, but they seem to be in the midst of a serious schneid.
A team that’s gained ground lately is Arkansas. The Hogs swapped with Mizzou, as after being No. 24 a week ago, they now sit No. 20. Arkansas scored a win over Florida this week, and that combined with all the chaos around them caused them to take the leap. As has their play, as they’ve gone 7-1 over their last eight games, with their only loss coming to Cade Cunningham and Oklahoma State.
And finally, we have Alabama. The Tide had a competitive game against Vanderbilt, but emerged victorious, 82-78. The win at home was their third win in a row, and they’ve now scooted up to No. 6 in the rankings. They were last as high as 6th in the rankings back in the 1990-91 season, so we’re talking about something that hasn’t happened in 30 years. They have a major tilt against above-mentioned Arkansas this week, which should be a doozy
LSU was the only other SEC team to garner votes, earning 32 points.