Mississippi State is the top dog.
The Bulldogs are No. 1 in the new AP Top 25 that was released this afternoon, making them the first team in the poll’s 78-year history to go from unranked to No. 1 in five weeks.
I wrote yesterday, after Mississippi State defeated 38-23 then-No. 2 Auburn, that the Bulldogs deserved to be No. 1 based on their strength of schedule and on lack of strength of Florida State’s opponents.
That came to realization today, when Mississippi State received 45 first-place votes from the media panel to FSU’s 12.
The Bulldogs (6-0) were No. 3 last week, tied with Ole Miss, for what was the best ranking in school history. Ole Miss stayed at No. 3 this week, two points behind No. 2 FSU (6-0), which defeated Syracuse.
“I couldn’t be happier for the university, the students, the fans and the alumni,” coach Dan Mullen said today. “For so many years you try to accomplish something and to be able to say we’re the best at something is special. But for us as a team — they don’t give out the trophy midseason. We really haven’t accomplished all that much.”
The Rebels (6-0) received three first-place votes after their 35-20 victory at Texas A&M.
Georgia moved back into the top 10 at No. 10 after its surprising 34-0 victory at Missouri.
There are five SEC teams in the top 10.
Florida State hasn’t exactly looked vulnerable the past three weeks, outscoring N.C. State, Wake Forest and Syracuse 137-64, but that’s not exactly a daunting lineup.
And it’s not comparable to LSU — even in a down year — Texas A&M and Auburn. And despite his two interceptions in the victory over Auburn, Dak Prescott is playing as well as any QB in the country.
It’ll be a tough road for the Bulldogs.
Games at Kentucky (Oct. 25), which certainly is improved, Alabama (Nov. 15) and that school up north, as Mississippi Staters like to to refer to Ole Miss (Nov. 29), remain on the schedule.
But for now, they should enjoy life on top.