Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Six SEC teams remain in AP Top 25
By Edward Aschoff
After the first weekend of the college football season, the SEC is still sitting pretty in The Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Six SEC teams remain in the the Top 25. Alabama is still No. 1 and received 58 of 60 first-place votes after its 35-10 win over Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta. Poor offensive line play didn't deter voters from keeping the two-time defending champs in the driver's seat for the final BCS national title.
South Carolina remained No. 6 and Texas A&M stayed at No. 7. LSU made the only jump in the polls out of SEC teams, moving up three spots to No. 9 after a 37-27 win over TCU in Arlington, Texas. It was a very good win for an LSU team that essentially had to beat TCU in its own backyard. The offense was more explosive and the revamped defense held the Horned Frogs to just 259 yards.
Two teams weren't so lucky with the first regular-season poll. Both Florida and Georgia dropped in the poll. Georgia fell six spots to No. 11 after its 38-35 loss to Clemson, while the Gators fell two spots to No. 12 after a lackluster 24-6 win over Toledo.
After the way the Bulldogs' defense looked against the Tigers, their descent in the polls was expected, but it was interesting to see the Gators fall after a dominant defensive performance against the Rockets' uptempo offense. Florida held Toledo to just 205 yards and one third-down conversion.
Ole Miss received 50 votes and Arkansas received one.