NCAA Football: Texas A&M at Clemson

Sep 7, 2019; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and the Texas A&M Aggies at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

The SEC doesn't boast the top team in the country, but it does claim three of the top four and five of the top nine.

While Clemson (2-0) remains the nation's top team in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll released Sunday, there is a heavy SEC flavor right behind the Tigers.

SEC programs Alabama, Georgia and LSU hold the second, third and fourth spots, respectively. Lurking lower are No. 8 Auburn and No. 9 Florida. All five teams are 2-0.

LSU moved up two spots after posting a 45-38 victory over Texas. The Longhorns (1-1) fell three places to No. 12.

SEC team Texas A&M (1-1) is ranked 16th, down four spots, after losing 24-10 to Clemson on Saturday. But the SEC's six overall teams in the poll are only second to the Big Ten's seven.

Clemson received 56 first-place votes. Alabama had the other six.

Oklahoma (2-0) is ranked fifth, followed by Ohio State (2-0) and Notre Dame (1-0). Michigan (2-0), which had to fight off Army for a 24-21 double-overtime win, dropped three spots to 10th.

Utah (2-0) is 11th after moving up two spots due to a 35-17 victory over Northern Illinois. The Utes are one of five Pac-12 teams in the rankings.

Penn State (2-0) is 13th, followed by Wisconsin (2-0) and Oregon (1-1).

Central Florida (2-0) is 17th with Michigan State (2-0), Iowa (2-0) and Washington State (2-0) rounding out the top 20.

Maryland (2-0) moved into the poll at No. 21 after steamrolling former No. 21 Syracuse 63-20. It marks the first time the Terrapins have been ranked since October of 2013.

Boise State (2-0) is No. 22, just ahead of Washington (1-1), which dropped nine spots after losing 20-19 to California.

USC (2-0) defeated Stanford 45-20 to enter the poll at No. 24, and Virginia (2-0) beat William & Mary 52-17 to land the final spot.

Syracuse, Stanford, Iowa State and Nebraska all dropped out of the rankings. Iowa State edged Northern Iowa 29-26 in triple overtime in Week 1 and had a bye in Week 2, while Nebraska lost 34-31 in overtime to Colorado.

--Field Level Media