AP Top 25 Poll: Rebels move up one spot
OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss was idle Saturday but showed movement Sunday as the Rebels rose one spot to 12th in both the Associated Press and the Coaches’ polls.
Alabama remained in the top spot in both polls while Georgia stayed in the number two spot. The Bulldogs received one first-place vote in the coaches’ poll and four from the AP voters.
Arkansas, by virtue of its 20-10 win over Texas A&M, jumped eight spots to number eight in the AP and stayed just outside the top ten in the coaches’ poll, checking in at number 11.
The AP has Florida ranked tenth, Texas A&M 15th and Auburn number 22 to give the Southeastern Conference seven teams in this week’s poll. Kentucky and LSU each received votes.
Kentucky slipped into the coaches’ poll at number 23 to give the SEC eight schools represented by the coaches.
Games to Watch in Week 5
Things will shake up in the polls this week as top-ranked Alabama takes on No. 12 Ole Miss and No. 2 Georgia hosts eighth-ranked Arkansas, Mississippi State goes to No. 15 Texas A&M and No. 22 Auburn will travel to LSU.
A game of national importance happens in South Bend, Ind., where No. 7 Notre Dame welcomes ninth-ranked Cincinnati. The only other game between ranked teams is No. 21 Baylor at No. 19 Oklahoma State.
Here’s the complete AP Top 25:
- Penn State
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- Ole Miss
- Brigham Young
- Coastal Carolina
- Michigan State
- Fresno State
- Oklahoma State
- North Carolina State
- Wake Forest
Steve Barnes joins The Rebel Walk staff as a senior writer and brings a trifecta of journalistic experience. As a writer, he has covered college sports for Rivals.com, Football.com and SaturdayDownSouth.com as well as served as a beat writer for various traditional newspapers.
He has been a broadcaster for arena football and several national tournament events for the National Junior College Athletic Association as well as hosting various shows on radio.
A former sports information director at Albany (Ga.) State University and an assistant at Troy and West Florida, he has helped host many NCAA conference, regional and national events, including serving five years on the media committee of the NCAA Division II World Series.
Barnes, a native of Pensacola, Fla., attended Ole Miss in 1983-84, where his first journalism teacher was David Kellum. The duo has come a long way since that time.
He will bring a proven journalistic track record, along with a knack for finding the out-of-the-ordinary story angles to The Rebel Walk.
Barnes continues to reside in Pensacola a mere ten minutes from the beach because he does have taste and a brain.