We can debate the merits of the Southeastern Conference until the cows come home, but it’s hard to argue against a league that features a record eight teams in this week’s Associated Press top 25 poll.

That’s right, according to the AP’s Ralph D. Russo, the SEC becomes the first conference in the history of the poll to land eight teams in the regular season top 25 poll.

Alabama retained the top spot for the eighth straight week with the Crimson Tide earning 55 of the 60 possible first-place votes. LSU moved up to sixth with it’s impressive 17-6 win over Florida this weekend. Texas A&M was right behind the Tigers at No. 7 followed by South Carolina (11).

With its upset win over Georgia Saturday, Missouri moved up nine spots from No. 25 to No. 14 followed by the aforementioned Bulldogs at 15. Florida drops five spots to No. 22 and Auburn makes its first appearance since 2011.

In case you were wondering, here is a breakdown of the rest of the league’s in this week’s poll: Pac 12 (4), ACC (4), Big 12 (4), Big Ten (2), MWC (1), MAC (1) and AAC (1) 

 

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