|1||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Ole Miss|
|2||Florida State||Florida State||Alabama|
|3||Ole Miss||Ole Miss||Auburn|
|5||Auburn||Michigan State||Florida State|
|8||Michigan State||Notre Dame||TCU|
|11||Kansas State||Kansas State||Notre Dame|
|14||Arizona State||Arizona State||Clemson|
|17||Oklahoma||East Carolina||Texas A&M|
|18||East Carolina||Oklahoma||Ohio State|
After falling to #8 and #6 in the two polls last weekend, the Tigers move back up a bit over the bye week to #6 in the Coaches' Poll with the loss of Baylor and with Notre Dame losing to Florida State late Saturday evening. While both the Wildcats and the Sooners were ranked behind the Tigers, Kansas State's victory over Oklahoma in Norman couldn't have hurt the Tigers at all, as that road win in Manhattan is looking mighty good, right now.
Auburn moves back into the Top 5 and is jumped by Alabama at the #5 slot. These polls are still just fun and don't really mean anything, but Auburn being ranked in the Top 5 means that by winning out Auburn would be in an excellent slot to earn one of those four playoff spots even if it doesn't win the SEC.
Mississippi State was off this weekend, but did see some movement in their first place vote count after Florida State's tough game against Notre Dame last night. Ole Miss rolls to a victory over Tennessee and stays at #3. Alabama also benefits from the losses ahead of them and move to #4. UGA scored the first victory by a non-SEC West team against an SEC opponent against Arkansas and moves up one spot to #9. The score shows a fairly wide margin, but Arkansas was fighting to the end. Texas A&M drops out of the poll completely after their third straight bad loss. They really should have fallen out last week, but the absolute destruction by Alabama sealed it. Meanwhile, LSU sneaks back into the Top 25 at #23.
Mississippi State and Ole Miss hold steady at #1 and #3, respectively. Alabama moves up to the spot just ahead of Auburn at #4. Georgia is up to #9, and LSU sneaks back into the AP Poll as well at #24. Meanwhile, Texas A&M drops out completely.
Kansas State did Auburn a big favor by coming up with the big win in Norman and moves up in the rankings and into the driver's seat in the BigXII with the loss by Baylor. They move up to #11 in the Coaches' Poll. Elsewhere, Louisiana Tech remains undefeated in conference play. I don't see them finishing the season ranked, but winning their conference would provide a boost to Auburn's strength of schedule if they run the table.
Kansas State moves up to #11 here, as well. None of Auburn's other non-conference teams are ranked, though La Tech is leading Conference USA as mentioned before.
The schedule looks a little bit easier in the future in some ways, and a little bit harder in others. At the same time, portions of our earlier schedule are starting to look more impressive. Kansas State is moving up in the rankings, and with LSU getting back into the Top 25 we do a one-for-one swap in Top 25 opponents for Texas A&M. Auburn will face three more teams ranked in the Top 25 this season. All three of them are currently ranked in the Top 10, and all three are road games.
On Auburn's resume, there is a home blow-out of ranked LSU, and a Thursday night road win at Kansas State that is looking like one of the best out-of-conference wins of any team so far this season. That makes for a total of five teams ranked on Auburn's schedule, four of them in the Top 15.