Mississippi State bolts into AP top 25 poll at No. 14 after win over LSU

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott (15) celebrates his 56 yard touchdown carry with wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson (1) in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Associated Press

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott (15) celebrates his 56 yard touchdown carry with wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson (1) in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

East Carolina is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2008 and Mississippi State moved into the Top 25 for the first time in two seasons after breaking a long losing streak against LSU.

The top seven teams are the same as last week, starting with No. 1 Florida State, which escaped 23-17 in overtime against Clemson on Saturday night.

The Pirates are No. 23 after a record-setting 70-41 victory against North Carolina. ECU has beaten Atlantic Coast Conference teams the past two weeks after winning at Virginia Tech.

The Pirates were last ranked Sept. 21, 2008. That team finished 9-5 and won Conference USA. East Carolina (3-1) is in its first season in the American Athletic Conference.

Mississippi State is No. 14 after beating LSU 34-29 to end a 14-game skid to the Tigers. The Bulldogs were last ranked in 2012.

THE AP TOP 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 20, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pv
1. Florida St. (34) 3-0 1,439 1
2. Oregon (12) 4-0 1,400 2
3. Alabama (6) 4-0 1,377 3
4. Oklahoma (4) 4-0 1,343 4
5. Auburn 3-0 1,268 5
6. Texas A&M (4) 4-0 1,232 6
7. Baylor 3-0 1,143 7
8. Notre Dame 3-0 967 9
9. Michigan St. 2-1 905 11
10. Mississippi 3-0 889 10
11. UCLA 3-0 806 12
12. Georgia 2-1 789 13
13. South Carolina 3-1 764 14
14. Mississippi St. 4-0 706 NR
15. Arizona St. 3-0 702 15
16. Stanford 2-1 564 16
17. LSU 3-1 541 8
18. Southern Cal 2-1 459 17
19. Wisconsin 2-1 451 19
20. BYU 4-0 376 21
21. Nebraska 4-0 296 24
22. Ohio St. 2-1 196 23
23. East Carolina 3-1 180 NR
24. Oklahoma St. 2-1 132 25
25. Kansas St. 2-1 131 20

Others receiving votes: Duke 86, Penn St. 81, Clemson 48, TCU 35, Marshall 33, Utah 31, Washington 30, Georgia Tech 22, Boston College 19, West Virginia 15, Cincinnati 11, Arizona 9, Arkansas 9, Missouri 5, Oregon St. 5, N. Dakota St. 3, Indiana 1, Pittsburgh 1,