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Mississippi doubles its fun in Top 25

Mississippi State is in the Associated Press poll for the first time since the end of the 1994 season, making it the first time since 1992 that two Mississippi colleges are ranked in the Top 25.

The Bulldogs (6-2) entered the rankings at No. 19 Sunday, a day after their stunning 20-0 victory at Auburn, which dropped six spots to No. 17 in the new poll.

Southern Miss (6-2) remained No. 24 for the second week in a row. In their first weekend as a ranked team, the Golden Eagles overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to win 24-17 at Cincinnati and remain the only team undefeated in Conference USA play.

Two Mississippi teams have not been ranked simultaneously since the final poll of the 1992 season, when Ole Miss was No. 16 and State was No. 23.

Both were in the Top 25 when they played one another on Nov. 28, 1992: Ole Miss at No. 24 and State at No. 16. Ole Miss won 17-10.

Southern Miss is No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today poll; Mississippi State is not ranked.