FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Following a 27-10 upset of No. 2 Auburn on Saturday, the Arkansas Razorbacks made their 2006 debut in three national polls on Sunday. Arkansas debuted at No. 17 in the Associated Press listing while the Hogs landed at No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches’ poll. Arkansas also dented the Harris Interactive poll at No. 22.
The Harris Interactive poll is selected by a collection of former players, coaches and administrators. It is utilized in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings as is the USA Today Coaches poll.
Arkansas is nationally ranked for the first time since 2003. In that season, the unranked Razorbacks knocked off No. 5 Texas in Austin. The following week, Arkansas made the highest debut of any team since the AP poll was expanded to 25 teams when the Hogs garnered the No. 14 spot.
This week, Arkansas is one of five Southeastern Conference teams ranked. Florida is ranked No. 2 (AP) and No. 3 (USA Today, Harris). Tennessee is No. 8 (AP, Harris) and No. 9 (USA Today). Auburn dropped to No. 10 (Harris, USA Today) and No. 11 (AP). LSU dipped to No. 14 (LSU) and No. 16 (Harris, USA Today). Georgia is ranked No. 14 (Harris, USA Today) and No. 16 (AP) this week.