After knocking on the door for a few weeks, the Mississippi State Bulldogs knocked the door down and debuted in the Amway Coaches' Poll at No. 16 and in the AP Poll at No. 14 after knocking off LSU 34-29, marking their first trip to the top-25 in the Coaches' poll since holding the No. 24 ranking before losing to Ole Miss in the 2012 Egg Bowl.
|1||Florida State||Florida State||Alabama|
|7||Baylor||Texas A&M||Florida State|
|8||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Baylor|
|9||Michigan State||Michigan State||Michigan State|
|12||Georgia||Arizona State||Notre Dame|
|15||Arizona State||South Carolina||Ole Miss|
|20||BYU||Ohio State||Oklahoma State|
|23||East Carolina||Duke||Mississippi State|
|24||Oklahoma State||East Carolina||Arizona State|
|25||Kansas State||Kansas State||BYU|
In the Coaches' Poll,as one might guess, the SEC stayed well represented. The Bulldogs' next opponent, Texas A&M came in at No. 7, and their opponent after the Aggies, Auburn, held down the No. 5 ranking.
Things were not as good for the other Tigers, as Missouri slipped out of the poll, and LSU fell to No. 18.
In all, eight teams from the SEC found themselves in the top-25, with three teams from the SEC West holding on to their top-ten ranking. Ole Miss ranked 11th in the poll, and Alabama came in at No. 2, giving the SEC West six ranked teams.
The AP poll carries quite a bit of SEC Flavor with No. 3 Alabama, No. 5 Auburn, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 10 Ole Miss, No. 12 Georgia, No. 13 South Carolina, and No. 14 Mississippi State taking up a spot in the top-15. LSU checked in at No. 17 to give the SEC eight teams in the top-25.