Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Arkansas has highest ranking of season following sweep of Mississippi State
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas moved up three spots in the USA Today coaches' poll following a weekend sweep of Mississippi State.
The Razorbacks are No. 7 in this week's poll, which is their highest ranking of the season. Arkansas has not been ranked outside the top 10 all season.
Tennessee, which will play at Arkansas this weekend, is ranked No. 18 this week. The Volunteers (30-11, 9-9 SEC) will be the fifth consecutive ranked team to play the Razorbacks in a weekend series.
Arkansas won series against Mississippi State and Auburn, and lost series to Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.
Prior to the Tennessee series, the Razorbacks are scheduled to play Northwestern State twice beginning Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Arkansas (30-10, 12-6 SEC) leads the SEC West entering its series with Tennessee. The Razorbacks are one-half game ahead of Texas A&M in the division standings and one game back of Georgia in the conference standings.
Arkansas' 30-10 start is the program's best 40-game start since the Razorbacks began 33-7 in 2010.
Mississippi State fell six spots to No. 8 this week following its losses to Arkansas. Other ranked SEC teams are: Vanderbilt (4), Georgia (5), Texas A&M (10), LSU (16), Ole Miss (19) and Auburn (21). Florida and Missouri received votes.
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