Is there any doubt that the SEC is the best football conference in the country? (With 4 of the top 5 teams ranked are from SEC West on 10-20-14)

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Four SEC West Teams In AP Top Five

Published on Oct 19, 2014

For the first time ever, four teams from the same conference are ranked in the top five of the AP Top 25 — and all four are from the same division. ESPN college football reporter Adam Rittenberg provides his rankings reaction.

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Is there any doubt that the SEC is the best football conference in the country?(With 4 of the top 5 teams ranked are from SEC West on 10-20-14)

Updated: October 19, 2014, 6:05 PM ET

ESPN.com news services

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.

Ole Miss 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.

The Seminoles (7-0, 4-0 ACC) control their own destiny, however, as no currently ranked teams remain on the schedule.

They are one of only three top-five teams that are still undefeated, and both No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 3 Ole Miss have at least two more games against ranked teams.

The Bulldogs and Rebels face each other in the regular-season finale in the Egg Bowl, so one is guaranteed to end the season with a loss.

“You can say whatever you want: This team is dominant,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said after beating Notre Dame. “This team understands how to win. … This team has tremendous what I call ‘adversity tolerance.’ It doesn’t flinch. It can deal with anything.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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