LSU up, Auburn & UGA out in AP poll


That LSU bus just keeps rolling along.

The Tigers moved up from fourth to second in the Associated Press Top 25 poll after their 40-27 win over then-No. 3 Oregon inside Cowboys Stadium Saturday. I'm sure the Ducks' offensive and defensive linemen are still getting ice after the beating they took.

LSU, which will look to make its passing game more respectable against Northwestern State this weekend, also received 17 first-place votes. And to think, a week ago people were wondering how the Tigers would deal with all that drama surrounding their program.

Deal they did and hot they are.

Oklahoma stayed top dog with 32 first-place votes after the Sooners' 47-14 win over Tulsa.

Alabama might have blown out Kent State 48-7, but the Tide dropped from second to third in the poll, receiving nine first-place votes.

Florida and Mississippi State made the biggest jumps (four spots). The Bulldogs moved to 16th from 20th, while the Gators are ranked 18th after entering the season at No. 22.

Here is how the rest of the SEC did in the AP poll:

2. LSU (17)

3. Alabama (9)

12. South Carolina

14. Arkansas

16. Mississippi State

18. Florida

You'll notice two teams missing from the original eight SEC teams that made it in to begin the season. Georgia dropped out of the poll (originally ranked 19th) after its 35-21 loss to Boise State (now No. 4) in Atlanta. Defending national champion Auburn needed a perfectly placed onside kick and a last-minute touchdown drive to avoid the upset to Utah State. That too-close-for-comfort win knocked the Tigers from No. 23 in the nation to out of the AP poll.

Auburn and Georgia were both left out of our ESPN.com Power Rankings that were released earlier today as well.

Here is where the SEC placed in the Power Rankings:

2. LSU

3. Alabama

11. Arkansas

14. South Carolina

17. Mississippi State

19. Florida

Here is where SEC teams placed in my Power Rankings after the first week:

2. LSU

3. Alabama

8. Arkansas

14. South Carolina

16. Mississippi State

21. Florida