Irish Slide To #7 Following Loss To FSU

The Southeastern Conference has reached a new milestone in The Associated Press college football poll, becoming the first league to place four teams in the top five — all from the western division.

Mississippi State stayed No. 1 after a weekend off. The Atlantic Coast Conference’s Florida State held its ground at No. 2 after beating then-No. 5 Notre Dame 31-27.

Mississippi remains No. 3. Alabama jumped three spots to No. 4 after a 59-0 victory against Texas A&M. Auburn moved up a spot to No. 5 during a bye week, taking advantage of losses by previously unbeaten Notre Dame and Baylor.

The Irish dropped two spots to seventh. Baylor fell to No. 12 after losing 41-27 at West Virginia.

Thirty times since 2001 a conference has placed three teams in the top five of the AP Top 25. The SEC had done it 16 times since 2009.

Record    Pts      Pv
1.  Mississippi  St.  (43)           6-0      1,480      1
2.  Florida  St.  (14)                  7-0      1,433      2
3.  Mississippi  (3)                     7-0      1,404      3
4.  Alabama                              6-1      1,235      7
5.  Auburn                                5-1      1,231      6
6.  Oregon                                6-1      1,142      9
7.  Notre  Dame                        6-1      1,133      5
8.  Michigan  St.                    6-1      1,066      8
9.  Georgia                              6-1      1,055    10
10.  TCU                                      5-1          962    12
11.  Kansas  St.                        5-1          905    14
12.  Baylor                                6-1          858      4
13.  Ohio  St.                            5-1          753    13
14.  Arizona  St.                      5-1          643    17
15.  Arizona                              5-1          639    16
16.  Nebraska                            6-1          537    19
17.  Oklahoma                            5-2          461    11
18.  East  Carolina                       5-1          445    18
19.  Utah                                    5-1          437    20
20.  Southern  Cal                    5-2          356    22
21.  Clemson                              5-2          283    24
22.  West  Virginia                  5-2          272    NR
23.  Marshall                            7-0          184    25
24.  LSU                                      6-2          177    NR
25.  UCLA                                    5-2          118    NR
Others receiving votes: Duke 108, Oklahoma St. 91, Minnesota 61, Colorado St. 12, Louisville 4, Missouri 4, Stanford 4, Maryland 3, N. Dakota St. 3, Texas A&M 1.

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