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How I Voted: Week 7

Dak Prescott and Mississippi State move into the top spot in our poll. (AP)

Dak Prescott and Mississippi State move into the top spot in our poll. (AP)

How I Voted will be a weekly blog in which Ross Dellenger reveals his AP Top 25 voting with a blurb on each explaining that team’s ranking.

1. Mississippi State (UP 4)

2. Ole Miss (UP 3)

3. Florida State (DOWN 2)

4. Baylor (DOWN 1)

5. Notre Dame (UP 1)

6. Georgia (UP 3)

7. Auburn (DOWN 5)

8. Alabama

9. Michigan State (UP 1)

10. Oklahoma (UP 1)

11. Ohio State (UP 1)

12. Oregon (UP 2)

13. TCU (DOWN 6)

14. Kansas State (UP 2)

15. Nebraska (UP 2)

16. Oklahoma State (UP 2)

17. Arizona State (UP 5)

18. Southern Cal (UP 6)

19. Arizona (DOWN 6)

20. East Carolina (UP 3)

21. Duke (NR)

22. Utah (NR)

23. Clemson (NR)

24. Rutgers (UP 1)

25. Marshall (NR)

  • Others considered: Kentucky, LSU, Minnesota and West Virginia.
  • Biggest jump: Southern Cal moved up six spots to No. 18 after winning on the road in a wild game at Arizona.
  • Biggest fall: Missouri, formerly No. 15, dropped completely out of the poll after laying an egg at home in a 34-0 loss to Georgia
  • Questionable move: We jumped Mississippi State and Ole Miss over Florida State and Baylor, despite FSU and BU winning Saturday. The resumes for the Bulldogs and the Rebels are just so good.
  • Newbies: Duke, Utah, Clemson, Marshall
  • Dropped out: Missouri (15), A&M (19), Georgia Tech (21), UCLA (20)

LSU football finishes 12th, 14th in final polls

The LSU Tigers finished No. 12 in the final USA Today coaches’ poll and No. 14 in the final Associated Press Top 25.

Both rankings were released Tuesday morning following Alabama’s 42-14 rout of Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game.

LSU (10-3) went into the Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl ranked No. 7 in the coaches’ poll and No. 9 in the AP, but a last-second 25-24 loss to Clemson cost LSU a shot at a third straight top-10 finish.

It is the fifth straight year the Tigers have finished in the polls, tying the second-longest streak in school history. LSU finished in the polls six straight years from 1968-73.

LSU was the highest-ranked three-loss team in either poll.

Alabama finished a unanimous No. 1 in both polls, while previous No. 1 Notre Dame dropped to No. 3 in the coaches’ poll and No. 4 in the AP.

Seven SEC teams finished in the rankings as follows:

Alabama, 13-1: No. 1, both polls.

Georgia, 12-2: No. 4 coaches, No. 5 AP (tied with Texas A&M)

Texas A&M, 11-2: No. 5 coaches, No. 5 AP (tied with Georgia)

South Carolina, 11-2: No. 7 coaches, No. 8 AP

Florida, 11-2: No. 9 AP, No. 10 coaches

LSU, 10-3: No. 12 coaches, No. 14 AP

Vanderbilt (9-4): No. 20 coaches, No. 23 AP

To see the complete polls, CLICK HERE.