MOBILE, AL (WNSP) — Amid all the college football chaos on Saturday, one Alabama team broke glass ceilings.
For the first time in school history, Troy University is ranked in the AP Poll, making it the first Sun Belt program to achieve a ranking in either the AP or Coaches Poll.
The No. 25 Trojans join in-state teams Alabama and Auburn, and for the first time this state has three teams in the polls.
The 8-1 Trojans took down conference foe Appalachian State on Saturday in a 28-24 thriller. The win gave the Trojans control over the top spot in the Sun Belt, at least until Thursday, when they host Arkansas State.
The Red Wolves are currently undefeated in conference play, as well. Troy’s only loss came in a 30-24 loss at No. 5 Clemson, and its wins include a 28-21 comeback win over South Alabama in Mobile.
Auburn fell to Georgia 13-7 on Saturday, dropped out of the top ten to No. 18. The loss clinched the SEC West title for Alabama, the clear No. 1 in the polls.
The Tide trounced Mississippi State 51-3.
Both teams have an FCS opponent this week (Alabama A&M and Chattanooga, respectively) before the Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa.
The Troy-Arkansas State game starts at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, and will be broadcast on ESPNU.