SEC becomes 1st conference to hold 4 of top 5 spots in AP college football poll

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Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland (19) celebrates his interception, which ended Texas A&M's best chance to score, with teammates during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt) MAGAZINES OUT


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The Southeastern Conference has reached a new milestone in The Associated Press college football poll, becoming the first league to place four teams in the top five — all from the western division.

Mississippi State stayed No. 1 after a weekend off. The Atlantic Coast Conference's Florida State held its ground at No. 2 after beating then-No. 5 Notre Dame 31-27.

Mississippi remains No. 3. Alabama jumped three spots to No. 4 after a 59-0 victory against Texas A&M. Auburn moved up a spot to No. 5 during a bye week, taking advantage of losses by previously unbeaten Notre Dame and Baylor.

The Irish dropped two spots to seventh. Baylor fell to No. 12 after losing 41-27 at West Virginia.

Thirty times since 2001 a conference has placed three teams in the top five of the AP Top 25. The SEC had done it 16 times since 2009.

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