In the first look at how voting bodies may feel about the college football landscape now that the Mississippi State Bulldogs area a one-loss team, the coaches of the Amway Coaches Poll have decided that Florida State should return to the mountain top after Mississippi State lost 25-20 to Alabama Saturday in Tuscaloosa. They also decided that Mississippi State has a better team than several one loss programs, as the Bulldogs finished at No. 4 in the rankings.
The Bulldogs, who rose to the top faster than any team in the history of the poll, face Vanderbilt this week before facing No. 8 Ole Miss to close the season. The matchup against Ole Miss will be the fifth such matchup the Bulldogs have faced this year, giving them a chance to hold four wins over top-25 teams by the end of the season.
The SEC saw the following teams find a home the top-25 rankings this week: No. 2 Alabama, Mississippi State, No. 8 Ole Miss, No. 10 Georgia, No. 17 Auburn, and No. 20 Missouri.
Texas A&M and the Arkansas Razorbacks, while receiving votes, did not get enough to get into the rankings. Notre Dame, Clemson, and LSU fell out of the rankings.
As far as other conferences, here is their breakdown by number of teams:
ACC: 3 (No. 1 Florida State, No. 16 Georgia Tech, No. 25 Duke)
Big Ten: 4 (No. 7 Ohio State, No. 9 Michigan State, No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 19 Nebraska)
Big 12: 4 (No. 5 TCU, No. 6 Baylor, No. 11 Kansas State, No. 22 Oklahoma)
Pac 12: 6 (No. 3 Oregon, No. 12 UCLA, No. 13 Arizona, No. 14 Arizona State, No. 21 Utah, No. 24 Southern California)
SEC: 6 (No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 Mississippi State, No. 8 Ole Miss, No. 10 Georgia, No. 17 Auburn, No. 20 Missouri)
C-USA: 1 (No. 18 Marshall)
Mountain West: 1 (No. 23 Colorado State)
As far as matchups against other teams currently ranked in the Top-25 among the top teams in the poll, the breakdown is as follows:
No. 1 Florida State: 0-0
No. 2 Alabama: 1-1 (L 23-17 at Ole Miss, W 25-20 vs. Mississippi State)
No. 3 Oregon: 3-1 (W 46-27 vs. Michigan State, L 34-21 vs. Arizona, W 42-30 at UCLA, W 51-27 at Utah)
No. 4 Mississippi State: 1-1 (W 38-23 vs Auburn, L 25-20 at Alabama)
No. 5 TCU: 2-1 (W 37-33 vs. Oklahoma, L 61-58 at Baylor, W 41-20 vs Kansas State)
|4||Mississippi State||Ole Miss|
|7||Ohio State||Ohio State|
|14||Arizona State||Kansas State|