Big Shifts From the SEC in the Week Six AP Rankings

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    Tennessee at SEC Media Days on Thursday, July 21, 2022. Photo by Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

    The week six AP rankings have provided some of the most movement among SEC teams in the poll since the beginning of the season.

    For starters, Alabama and Georgia have once again swapped the top two spots in the country after Georgia’s narrow win over Missouri and Alabama’s strong win over Arkansas. For the first time since week two, the Tide now sits back atop the nation’s rankings.

    Tennessee, who is still at No. 8 in the country, is now the third highest-ranked team in the SEC after Kentucky’s loss to Ole Miss on the road on Saturday. The Wildcats fell to No. 13 while the Rebels have climbed up to No. 9 in the poll.

    In the span of just two weeks, after back-to-back losses against Texas A&M and Alabama, the Arkansas Razorbacks have fallen out of the rankings for the first time this season. Speaking of the Aggies, though, Texas A&M has also fallen out of the rankings after a loss to Mississippi State over the weekend.

    As mentioned earlier, there are two newcomers to the poll in the week six rankings – including Tennessee’s next opponent. After defeating Auburn on the road on Saturday, LSU is now the final team in the AP Top 25 at No. 25.

    And, lastly, Mississippi State earns a spot in the rankings on Sunday after the aforementioned victory over Texas A&M, slotting the Bulldogs at No. 23 in the poll.

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    Here’s a look at how the SEC teams are shaping out in the AP Top 25 week six poll:

    No. 1 – Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 SEC)

    • 1,523 points
    • Previous ranking: No. 2
    • Previous matchup: def. No. 20 Arkansas 49-26
    • Next matchup: vs Texas A&M

    No. 2 – Georgia Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0 SEC)

    • 1,521 points
    • Previous ranking: No. 1
    • Previous matchup: def. Missouri 26-22
    • Next matchup: vs Auburn

    No. 8 – Tennessee Volunteers (4-0, 1-0 SEC)

    • 1,129 points
    • Previous ranking: No. 8
    • Previous matchup: Bye Week
    • Next matchup: at No. 25 LSU

    No. 9 – Ole Miss Rebels (5-0, 1-0 SEC)

    • 1,068 points
    • Previous ranking: No. 14
    • Previous matchup: def. No. 7 Kentucky 22-19
    • Next matchup: at Vanderbilt

    No. 13 – Kentucky Wildcats (4-1, 1-1 SEC)

    • 832 points
    • Previous ranking: No. 7
    • Previous matchup: lost to No. 14 Ole Miss 22-19
    • Next matchup: vs South Carolina

    No. 23 – Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-1, 1-1 SEC)

    • 164 points
    • Previous ranking: Unranked
    • Previous matchup: def. No. 17 Texas A&M 42-24
    • Next matchup: vs Arkansas

    No. 25 – LSU Tigers (4-1, 2-0 SEC)

    • 108 points
    • Previous ranking: Unranked
    • Previous matchup: def. Auburn 21-17
    • Next matchup: vs No. 8 Tennessee

    Receiving votes: Arkansas (76), Florida (37), Texas A&M (4)

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.