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Auburn tumbles, 3 SEC teams fall from Top 25

September 13th, 2015 3:30 pm by RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer

Auburn tumbles, 3 SEC teams fall from Top 25

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn reacts to a targeting call during the first half of Saturday's game against Jacksonville State in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Three Southeastern Conference teams fell out of the AP Top 25 and Auburn dropped 12 spots Sunday, after the league that set a record for most teams in the college football rankings last week had a rough weekend.

Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi State all dropped out after losses Saturday. The Tigers needed overtime to beat Jacksonville State of the FCS and slipped from No. 6 to No. 18.

The SEC was down to seven ranked teams, still the most of any conference.

Ohio State remained No. 1, but the Buckeyes were no longer unanimous. No. 4 Michigan State received two first-place votes from the media panel after beating Oregon 31-28. Alabama remained No. 2 and TCU No. 3.

No. 19 BYU jumped into the rankings after beating Boise State and knocking out the Broncos. The Cougars were ranked for four weeks early last season before star quarterbackTaysom Hill was injured. Hill went down again in the season opener at Nebraska, but Tanner Mangum has led BYU to two straight victories with late long touchdown pass.


Oklahoma moved up three spots to No. 16 after coming from 17-0 down to win at Tennessee, 31-24 in double overtime.

Oregon dropped five spots to No. 12 after its loss at Michigan State.


A breakdown of ranked teams by league:

SEC — 7

Pac-12 — 5

Big 12 — 4

Big Ten 4

Atlantic Coast 3

Independent — 2


No. 15 Mississippi at No. 2 Alabama. The Rebels beat the Crimson Tide in Oxford, Miss., last season

No. 15 Georgia Tech at No. 8 Notre Dame. The Yellow Jackets and quarterback Justin Thomas have put up more than 60 points in each of their first two games. The Irish will find out of DeShone Kizer can follow up his amazing debut off the bench as the starting replacement for injured quarterback Malik Zaire.

No. 18 Auburn at No. 13 LSU. The Tigers from Alabama get one more chance to prove they belong in the rankings.

No. 19 BYU at No. 10 UCLA. The comeback Cougars continue college football's toughest September schedule.

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