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East Carolina, Mississippi State move into AP Top 25

Mississippi State defensive back Will Redmond (2) celebrates

Mississippi State defensive back Will Redmond (2) celebrates with teammates after defeating LSU in a game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Mississippi State won 34-29. Credit: AP / Gerald Herbert

East Carolina is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2008 and Mississippi State moved into the Top 25 for the first time in two seasons after breaking a long losing streak against LSU.

The top seven teams are the same as last week, starting with No. 1 Florida State, which escaped 23-17 in overtime against Clemson on Saturday night.

The Pirates are No. 23 after a record-setting 70-41 victory against North Carolina. ECU has beaten Atlantic Coast Conference teams the past two weeks after winning at Virginia Tech.

The Pirates were last ranked Sept. 21, 2008. That team finished 9-5 and won Conference USA. East Carolina (3-1) is in its first season in the American Athletic Conference.

Mississippi State is No. 14 after beating LSU 34-29 to end a 14-game skid to the Tigers. The Bulldogs were last ranked in 2012.

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