1. Alabama (Previous rank: 1): As fantastic as LSU's Leonard Fournette was early in the year, it seems pretty clear to this reporter RB Derrick Henry has taken over as the Heisman Trophy front runner.
2. Florida (3): The USC win was never really in doubt, but the Gators certainly need a better fourth-quarter performance next week against Florida State.
3. Arkansas (5): My preseason expectations for the Hogs don't look quite as bad right now. My Auburn pick on the other hand ...
4. Mississippi State (4): The Bulldogs had chances early to get on the scoreboard and couldn't convert. Then the game got out of hand in the second quarter.
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5. LSU (2): Arkansas' Alex Collins played like Fournette was expected to. If LSU has to rely on QB Brandon Harris to win games, the Tigers are in trouble.
6. Georgia (6): There certainly wasn't anything flashy about Georgia's 20-13 win over Auburn. Dawgs get a option warmup against Georgia Southern before traveling to rival Georgia Tech.
7. Ole Miss (7): Maybe the Rebels should have more bye weeks? Take the week off, jump back up in the AP poll. Go figure.
8. Tennessee (8): Volunteers have won their last three games with Mizzou and Vanderbilt ahead. It's a little surprising UT only defeated North Texas by 24 on Saturday.
9. Texas A&M (10): Kyler Murray had his first milti-TD game as Texas A&M's stater, albeit against Western Carolina.
10. Auburn (9): Not sure they deserve it, but Tigers should become bowl eligible with a visit from Idaho this week. RB Payton Barber has been a rare bright spot for Auburn this season. Jovon Robinson has also come on late.
11. Vanderbilt (12): The 'Dores won't pick up two wins (with A&M and the Vols left) to make a bowl, but they have played well down the stretch. Freshman QB Kyle Shurmur may be the future for VU.
12. South Carolina (11): Credit Spurrier-less USC for being in each of the last three games -- all losses.
13. Missouri (14): Inspired to send their coach out a winner, the Tigers picked up a big neutral site win for out-going coach Gary Pinkel.
14. Kentucky (13): So much for progress. Wildcats ride five-game losing streak to bottom of rankings.