I think LSU is a good football team. So good, that I ranked the Tigers ninth in this space a week ago. I assumed they would continue their winning ways and remain in my top 10 today.
But Mississippi State made sure that didn’t happen. The Bulldogs not only beat LSU on Saturday, they destroyed LSU 37-7.
That’s a statement win right there. I am prepared to reward Mississippi State for its strong effort by voting the Bulldogs into my top 25 for the first time this season, slotting them all the way up at No. 16.
This looks like a team worth monitoring nationally. Mississippi State steam rolled Charleston Southern 49-0 and then crushed Louisiana Tech on the road 57-21. Next, it smoked LSU.
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Welcome to the top 25.
A few other details on my latest AP top 25 ballot: Wisconsin jumped into the top 10 after whooping BYU on the road. LSU and Louisville both fell out of the top 10 following their first losses and now sit in the low 20s.
Auburn, Oregon and Vanderbilt join Mississippi State as newcomers in my poll. Kansas State, Stanford, Tennessee and UCLA dropped out.
Below, you can check out my entire top 25.
5. Penn State
7. Oklahoma State
11. Ohio State
12. Florida State
14. Virginia Tech
15. Washington State
16. Mississippi State
23. San Diego State
Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett