Mississippi State moved back into the poll at No. 21 after beating Texas A&M 35-14. The Bulldogs dropped out following consecutive losses to Georgia and Auburn last month.
Arizona, one of college football’s biggest surprises, climbed into the poll at No. 23, the Wildcats’ first ranking since 2015, after beating then-No. 15. Washington State 58-37. Arizona (6-2), picked to be among the worst teams in the Pac-12, can take the Pac-12 South lead with a victory over No. 17 Southern California on Saturday after knocking off Washington State this weekend.