Arkansas football: Did the Hogs sneak into the latest Top 25 rankings?

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Although the Arkansas football team (5-3 overall, 1-3 in the SEC) did not play a game during Week 9 of college football, there were a handful of losses among teams ranked ahead of the Razorbacks.

Penn State, Michigian, Iowa, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, SMU, San Diego State and Iowa State all lost games this week, creating some chaos and room for movement in the USA Today Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25 rankings.

This could be an instance of not playing a game could benefit the Hogs in the latest college football rankings.

The latest college football rankings are out— is the Arkansas football team ranked in the Top 25?

First up, in the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Arkansas Razorbacks once again are just on the outside of the teams ranked in the Top 25.

The Hogs received 65 votes from college football coaches this week, roughly 100 votes shy of cracking the No. 25 spot.

Ranked ahead of the Razorbacks in this poll are the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (156 votes), Fresno State (73 votes) and San Diego State (65 votes).

In the AP Top 25 poll, the Razorbacks were dealt a similar hand, unable to leap into the Top 25. It’s unfortunate because last week, the Hogs received the twenty-sixth most votes in that poll, making the team next in line to be ranked.

The Razorbacks received 72 votes this week, but actually moved further back in line in the latest rankings from the AP.

Pittsburgh (117), NC State (104), Wisconsin (91), Mississippi State (79) all ranked ahead of the Hogs.

This sets up a huge matchup between Arkansas and Mississippi State in Week 10, with the winner likely catapulting into the Top 25 rankings.

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The Razorbacks take on Mississippi State Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. on the SEC Network.