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Mississippi State Remains No. 1 in Coaches Poll

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Even with Florida State's win over Notre Dame, the Bulldogs held on to the top spot in the Amway Coaches Poll.

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Last week, the Mississippi State Bulldogs snagged the No.1  ranking in the Amway Coaches Poll from Florida State by the slimmest of margins, but this week, the Bulldogs saw their hold on the top spot strengthen as they picked up a majority of the first place in the Week 9 edition of the poll.

The SEC West made a strong showing in the poll as three teams from the conference hold spots in the top-five following losses by then-No.4 Baylor and then-No.5 Notre Dame: No. 1 Mississippi State, No. 3 Ole Miss and No. 4 Alabama.  The other teams in the top-five are No. 2 Florida State and No. 5 Michigan State.  Sixth-ranked Auburn and No. 9 Georgia give the SEC one-half of the top-ten.

LSU reentered the polls at No. 23, giving the SEC six ranked schools, the most of any conference.

The Big Ten has four teams in the poll, and five Pac-12 teams are in the poll, which is the same number of teams the Big-12 has. The ACC also saw Clemson enter the poll.  The only teams not in a major conference that cracked the poll are No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 17 East Carolina, and No. 22 Marshall.

RANK TEAM POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK
1 Mississippi State 1520 36 1
2 Florida State 1493 22 2
3 Ole Miss 1447 4 3
4 Alabama 1293 0 7
5 Michigan State 1243 0 6
6 Auburn 1210 0 8
7 Oregon 1133 0 9
8 Notre Dame 1117 0 5
9 Georgia 1096 0 10
10 TCU 996 0 12
11 Kansas State 909 0 14
12 Ohio State 856 0 13
13 Baylor 853 0 4
14 Arizona State 654 0 18
15 Arizona 612 0 17
16 Nebraska 588 0 19
17 East Carolina 578 0 16
18 Oklahoma 482 0 11
19 Utah 371 0 23
20 Clemson 320 0 22
21 USC 258 0 25
22 Marshall 247 0 24
23 LSU 155 0 27
24 Minnesota 147 0 28
25 West Virginia 143 0 33

To see the whole poll: click here.