Three squads from the SEC are in this week’s AP Top 25 poll!
Tennessee took a hit, going down the chute from 11th to 16th. This drop comes after a leap last week that got them to that spot, but for good reason.
No other SEC teams received votes in this week’s AP Top 25. The Vols were able to beat the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, but did eat a loss on the road in Oxford to Ole Miss. That loss saw them score just 50 points, as the offense was all over the place after scoring 80 points against Kansas the previous Saturday.
We then move to Alabama, who took a slight hit, going from 10th to 11th. The Tide easily defeated LSU earlier in the week, but lost in a highly competitive game to Mizzou on Saturday. Alabama made a run for it at the end in that one, but Mizzou was able to hang on and grab the big win. Alabama is still one of the better teams in the country, but have eaten two losses in their last three games. They have two opportunities this week to get right, with matchups against lowly Georgia and South Carolina looming.
Finally, let’s talk about Mizzou. For the first time since 2012, the Tigers are in the Top 10. They leapt up from 18th to 10th after a big 2-0 week, earning wins over UK and Alabama. The ‘Bama win is obviously most impressive, and assures them of two wins against two current Top 10 KenPom teams (Alabama #7, Illinois #4). The Tigers have been playing extremely great ball, and have been rewarded for their efforts with this Top 10 standing. That being said, they have a tall task ahead, as they’ll aim to do what Tennessee couldn’t, and that’s beat Ole Miss on the road later this week.
Florida dropped out of the Top 25 and are ‘30th’ in this week’s poll, receiving 29 points on the week. Arkansas, meanwhile, earned three points and are ‘40th’ in the poll.