Tigers No. 2 in Master Coaches Poll

ATLANTA - Kentucky makes its first ever appearance in the Master Coaches Poll, following their second straight victory over a Top 25 team. The No. 17 Wildcats proved that their win over Louisville last week was not a fluke as they topped then No. 20 Arkansas 42-29 in Fayetteville on Saturday.

Four other teams made their season debuts in the poll, led by Missouri at No. 22, No. 23 Michigan State, No. 24 Arizona State and No. 25 Miami. "Arizona State has been a little inconsistent this year in the new system," Master Coach Frank Kush said of his former team. "But (Dennis) Erickson has given them confidence and they continue to compete." The 24th-ranked Sun Devils were forced to come back against Oregon State and prevailed, 44-32.

No. 1 USC broke the tie at the top with LSU after defeating Washington State easily at home. No. 2 LSU battled against No. 20 South Carolina and showed that they are still the team to beat in the SEC. The Tigers were followed by Oklahoma this week at No. 3, as the Sooners trade spots with No. 4 Florida from last week's poll. The Gators struggled with Ole Miss but were able to avoid the upset, 30-24.

No. 9 Texas jumped two spots into the Top 10 following their dominant victory at Rice this weekend. No. 5 West Virginia and No. 6 California remain stagnant in this week's poll, and No. 7 Ohio State jumped Big Ten foe, No. 8 Wisconsin after the Badgers struggled with Iowa at home. No. 10 Oregon rounds out the Top Ten again this week.

The No. 14 Georgia Bulldogs jumped five spots this week after defeating No. 21 Alabama 26-23 in overtime. "Alabama stayed in the game, despite being outplayed," said Gene Stallings of his former team. "Georgia deserved to win and got a much needed victory in the SEC."

Master Coaches Poll

Other teams receiving votes ... Michigan, Purdue, Nebraska, UCLA, Cincinnati, Texas A&M, BYU, Arkansas, UCF, Kansas, Florida State, and Virginia
Dropped from last week's poll ... Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Arkansas, Texas A&M

Voters - John Cooper, Terry Donahue, Vince Dooley, Pat Dye, LaVell Edwards, Hayden Fry, Don James, Frank Kush, Dick MacPherson, Bill Mallory, Don Nehlen, Tom Osborne, John Ralston, John Robinson, RC Slocum, Gene Stallings and George Welsh

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