Alabama’s impressive performance in their prime-time showdown with Georgia earned the Crimson Tide a few extra votes for first place, but not enough to overtake Clemson for first place in the Amway Coaches poll.
Clemson, who racked up 73 points earlier in the day in a Georgia Tech pounding, holds first place on 52 of 62 ballots. Alabama received eight first-place votes, three more than last week.
Voters were kind to the Bulldogs, who led Alabama to intermission, but were shut out in the second half. Georgia only fell to 4th place behind Notre-Dame. The Fighting Irish pulled off a lackluster home win over Louisville but kept their record clean.
Ohio State rounds out the top five, with the Buckeyes and the rest of the Big Ten finally ready to start this weekend. Some panel members continue to not vote for teams that are not yet on the pitch, so the Big Ten as a whole could leap into next week’s poll.
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North Carolina lost seven positions to No.13 after its late rally failed in unranked Florida state. Oklahoma State inherits sixth place followed by Penn State. Florida is No.8, just one voting point ahead of Texas A&M despite losing to the Aggies a week ago. A M. The No. 9 ranking is still the highest position for the Aggies since 2016. Cincinnati holds on at No. 10.
No.22 North Carolina State is leading a group of three newcomers to this week’s poll at No.22. Coastal Carolina, who toppled Louisiana-Lafayette in a Wednesday night thriller, makes her very first appearance at No.24.
The Ragin ‘Cajuns give up. The No. 25 Marshall also enters, the first ranking of the Thundering Herd since 2014. Auburn and Tennessee are the other dropouts of the week.