By Sarah Berkowitz
It’s not surprising that the biggest mover in the AP coaches poll this week was Ole Miss.
Thanks to a score off a miracle play, Ole Miss pulled off a thrilling 43-37 win over Alabama, its first back-to-back wins over the Crimson Tide. This development vaulted the Rebels up 12 spots in the top 25 to the No. 3 position behind OSU and MSU. Alabama, meanwhile, fell 10 spots from No. 2 to No. 12. Ole Miss also earned 11 first-place votes, the second most behind Ohio State’s 42 first-place votes.
This is the first time since 2006 that the Big Ten has the top two teams in the rankings. The last time the Big Ten held the top two spots in the AP poll was November 2006 when Ohio State and Michigan went into their annual rivalry game Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.
And maybe the biggest surprise is that 3-0 Temple earned 20 coaches’ votes!
The entire order of the AP Poll:
|Rk||Team (First-place votes)||Points||Previous|
|1||Ohio State (42)||1,490||1|
|2||Michigan State (7)||1,415||4|
|4||Ole Miss (11)||1,345||15|
Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 52, West Virginia 48, Tennessee 45, California 38, Toledo 36, Arizona State 25, Houston 22, Auburn 20, Temple 20, Texas Tech 20, Boise State 17, Miami (Fla.) 13, Iowa 10, Kansas State 8, Florida 7, North Carolina State 5, Minnesota 4, Virginia Tech 4, Memphis 1.