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AP Top 25 Week 3: Seven SEC teams are ranked in the latest poll

Half of the league is ranked in this week’s AP Top 25. That’s good, right?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 04 Central Michigan at Missouri Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Missouri Tigers lost a pivotal, heartbreaking game to the Kentucky Wildcats 35-28 on the road in their SEC opener on Saturday night. It was certainly a missed opportunity for a notable win — so, it’s probably safe to say Mizzou isn’t anywhere close to sniffing these rankings anytime soon. Oh well, there’s still a lot of season left to play.

Regardless, it was still a fun Week 2 of the College Football season, where a lot of people considered it to be a weak slate going into the weekend. However, there will still some upsets of note on Saturday. A total of five ranked teams lost, with three losing to unranked teams. That included No. 15 Texas losing on the road to their future conference opponent Arkansas. Welcome to the SEC, right?

With Arkansas’ 40-21 win over Texas, the Razorbacks come in at No. 20 in this week’s AP Top 25, giving the conference seven ranked teams in the latest poll. And at the moment, Missouri’s back end of their schedule is loaded with ranked opponents, with four out of their final six games of the season against teams currently ranked in the Top 25. There will certainly be plenty of opportunities for Drinkwitz’s team to get a signature win.

Kentucky got some more receiving votes after beating Mizzou, but you can argue that the Wildcats should be much closer, or even in the Top 25. That’s a pretty dang good football team the Tigers saw on Saturday night.

Here is this week’s AP Top 25:

  1. Alabama (2-0)
  2. Georgia (2-0)
  3. Oklahoma (2-0)
  4. Oregon (2-0)
  5. Iowa (2-0)
  6. Clemson (1-1)
  7. Texas A&M (2-0)
  8. Cincinnati (2-0)
  9. Ohio State (1-1)
  10. Penn State (2-0)
  11. Florida (2-0)
  12. Notre Dame (2-0)
  13. UCLA (2-0)
  14. Iowa State (1-1)
  15. Virginia Tech (2-0)
  16. Coastal Carolina (2-0)
  17. Ole Miss (2-0)
  18. Wisconsin (1-1)
  19. Arizona State (2-0)
  20. Arkansas (2-0)
  21. North Carolina (1-1)
  22. Auburn (2-0)
  23. BYU (2-0)
  24. Miami (Fl.) (1-1)
  25. Michigan (2-0)

In: Michigan, BYU, Arkansas

Out: USC, Texas, Utah

Others receiving votes: UCF 111, TCU 103, Liberty 52, Michigan State 44, USC 39, Indiana 34, LSU 31, Kansas State 30, Nevada 28, Oklahoma State 27, Texas 23, Maryland 14, Kentucky 13, Pittsburgh 13, Stanford 10, Utah 9, Boston College 8, Arizona 6, Fresno State 2, Toledo 2, Texas Tech 2, Army 1

Top 25 match ups for Week 3:

No. 1 Alabama at No. 11 Florida — 2:30 p.m. CST (CBS)

No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State — 6:30 p.m. CST (ABC)

No. 19 Arizona State at No. 23 BYU — 9:15 p.m. CST (ESPN)