September 9, 2012 5:08:27 PM
STARKVILLE - The Mississippi State University football program is not ranked in the either latest version of the Associated Press or USA Today Coaches' poll this week.
The Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0), which defeated Auburn University 28-10 last Saturday and will start Southeastern Conference play 1-0 for the first time since 1999, received 70 voting points, placing them 30th in the national standings.
The national AP voter with MSU ranked the highest on his Top 25 ballot was Arkansas
Democrat Gazette beat reporter Tom Murphy, who has the Bulldogs in 16th spot.
Six SEC teams (University of Alabama 1, Louisiana State University 3,
University of Georgia 7, University of South Carolina 8, University of Florida 18 and the University of Tennessee 23) were a part of the preseason poll, which was the most of any league.
Alabama maintained its top spot in the poll after its dominating 35-0 over the Western Kentucky University Saturday to receive 48 of 60 possible first place votes. The preseason top-ranked University of Southern California stayed in second after a 42-29 victory over the Syracuse University Saturday with eight first-place votes.
LSU received four first-place votes and placed third in the poll followed by defending Pac 12 Conference champion Oregon and the University of Oklahoma rounding out the top five.
The University of Arkansas has taken the second-largest fall out of the AP college football poll, dropping from eighth to unranked after losing to Louisiana-Monroe. The Razorbacks were upset 34-31 in overtime after losing quarterback Tyler Wilson to an injury. The only team to take a more drastic fall from the poll was the University of Michigan in 2007. The Wolverines opened the season at No. 5 and dropped out after an opening loss to Appalachian State of the Football Championship Subdivision.
Arkansas was one of four teams to drop out after losses, along with University of Nebraska, University of Wisconsin and Oklahoma State University.
Moving in were University of California at Los Angeles, University of Tennessee, University of Arizona and Brigham Young University.
MSU (2-0, 1-0 in SEC) received 88 voting points and were ranked 28th in the latest USA Today Coaches poll. The Bulldogs were behind just Boise State University and Oklahoma State University on the schools who also received votes.
"I don't know if we're going to sneak up on anybody this year," MSU head coach Dan Mullen said Sunday. "That's a good feeling to have. It's a long season and we have to come back this week against a good football team on the road. There's different kinds of adversity - the adversity of
facing failure and the adversity of how you handle success."
Alabama maintained its top spot in this poll receiving 42 of 59 possible first place votes. USC had the second-most first-place votes with 11 but were placed behind LSU as the Tigers had just five first-place votes. The defending Pac 12 Conference champion Oregon received a first-place vote and was followed by Oklahoma rounding out the top five.
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