Lose to a Sun Belt team (S-B-C!), get knocked out of the Associated Press top 25.
Previously eighth-ranked Arkansas found that out the hard way in a stunning 34-31 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe Saturday night. The Hogs were nowhere to be found on Sunday in the latest AP poll, taking the second-largest fall out of the rankings in history. Only No. 5 Michigan in 2007 had a larger tumble after losing to Appalachian State.
The AP’s top five? That was a little less exciting. Alabama, USC, LSU and Oregon all held constant in the top four spots with Florida State tying Oklahoma for the fifth spot. The Tide received 48 first-place votes with USC receiving eight and LSU receiving four. The Seminoles beat Savannah State 55-0 in a weather-shortened game.
Georgia, on the heels of its 41-20 win over Missouri, is No. 7. Rounding out the top 10 is South Carolina, West Virginia and Michigan State.
But Arkansas wasn’t the only team to fall out of the top 25. No. 13 Wisconsin was also dropped after losing to Oregon State. As a result, spots 11-15 are as follows: Clemson, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Texas and Kansas State. No. 16 Nebraska and No. 18 Oklahoma State fell out of the top 25 too after losing to a pair of Pac-12 schools in UCLA and Arizona, respectively, meaning TCU, Michigan, Florida, Louisville and Notre Dame close out the top 20.
The aforementioned Bruins and Wildcats moved into the top 25, as did BYU and Tennessee.