As expected, there have been some significant shifts throughout the USA Today coaches’ poll for Week 9.
In fact, outside of the top two teams in the country — Alabama a unanimous No., 1, Oregon No. 2 — every other team in the poll either moved up or down from the release a week ago.
Georgia was the biggest beneficiary of the latest version of Upset Saturday, using their 17-9 win over then-No. 3 Florida to jump from No. 11 all the way up to No. 6. There were two other new entries into this week’s Top 10, with Clemson and Louisville each moving up four spots to No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.
Despite the loss, the Gators remained inside the Top 10 at No. 8. Oklahoma (No. 7), USC (No. 8) and Oregon State (No. 9) weren’t as fortunate. The Trojans tumbled the furthest this week outside the Top 10, with their loss to unranked Arizona cost them eight spots in the poll. The Sooners dropped five spots to No. 12 and the Beavers four to No. 13.
Thanks to UF’s loss, Kansas State (No. 3), Notre Dame (No. 4) and LSU (No. 5) all moved up one spot.
The biggest tumbler of the week was Rutgers, which came in 10 spots lower this week than last at No. 25 thanks to the loss to Kent State. The Golden Flashes are 7-1, as are the Scarlet Knights, and KSU is unranked.
Even more inexplicable? For some reason, Texas, which escaped with a last-minute win over one-win Kansas, moved up two spots to No. 22.
Three teams — Michigan (then-No. 20), Ohio (No. 23) and Wisconsin (No. 25) all dropped out of the polls. They were replaced by Nebraska (No. 20), Louisiana Tech (No. 23) and Oklahoma State (No. 24).