STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi State is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, replacing Florida State and making the fastest rise to the top spot in the history of the poll.

The Bulldogs received 45 first-place votes from the media panel Sunday. Mississippi State beat Auburn 38-23 on Saturday, its third straight victory against a top-10 team. The Bulldogs are the first team in the poll’s 78-year history to go from unranked to No. 1 in five weeks. The previous mark was six weeks by Ohio State in 1954.

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The Bulldogs were No. 3 last week, tied with Ole Miss, for their best ranking. Ole Miss stayed at No. 3 this week, two points behind No. 2 Florida State, which beat Syracuse on Saturday.

The defending champion Seminoles had been No. 1 since the preseason.

Florida State received 12 first-place votes and Ole Miss three.

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Baylor and Notre Dame round out the top five. The Fighting Irish play at Florida State on Saturday. Auburn fell four spots to No. 6.

Record Pts Pv
1. Mississippi St. (45) 6-0 1,480 3
2. Florida St. (12) 6-0 1,415 1
3. Mississippi (3) 6-0 1,413 3
4. Baylor 6-0 1,317 5
5. Notre Dame 6-0 1,228 6
6. Auburn 5-1 1,144 2
7. Alabama 5-1 1,068 7
8. Michigan St. 5-1 1,015 8
9. Oregon 5-1 1,014 12
10. Georgia 5-1 981 13
11. Oklahoma 5-1 935 11
12. TCU 4-1 917 9
13. Ohio St. 4-1 648 15
14. Kansas St. 4-1 626 17
15. Oklahoma St. 5-1 620 16
16. Arizona 5-1 590 10
17. Arizona St. 4-1 459 20
18. East Carolina 5-1 449 19
19. Nebraska 5-1 402 21
20. Utah 4-1 305 24
21. Texas A&M 5-2 264 14
22. Southern Cal 4-2 258 NR
23. Stanford 4-2 223 25
24. Clemson 4-2 188 NR
25. Marshall 6-0 148 NR

Others receiving votes: UCLA 110, LSU 67, Duke 45, Kentucky 36, Minnesota 36, West Virginia 27, Washington 22, Georgia Tech 11, Arkansas 10, Louisville 7, Rutgers 7, Iowa 6, Colorado St. 3, N. Dakota St. 3, South Carolina 1, Virginia 1, Wisconsin 1.

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