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Tide maintains, UGA tumbles in latest coaches’ poll

Alabama head coach Saban questions a call from the referee in the second half of play against Virginia Tech at the Chick-fil-A  Kick-Off college NCAA football game in Atlanta Reuters

As expected, there was very little change in the first release of the USA Today coaches’ poll following the opening week of the 2013 season.  What change there was, though, was drastic.

Following its three-point loss on the road to Clemson Saturday night, Georgia tumbled down seven spots to No. 12.  The Tigers, on the other hand, moved up three to No. 5.

The other marquee matchup of the weekend, LSU against TCU, saw the latter fall from No. 20 to No. 24 after the Horned Frogs’ loss, with the Tigers climbing slightly from No. 13 to No. 11 on the strength of the neutral-site win.

Alabama, a near-unanimous preseason No. 1, maintained its stranglehold on the top spot according to the coaches, with 58 of 62 voters placing them atop their ballots.  No. 2 Ohio State (three) and No. 7 Texas A&M (one) were the only other teams to receive first-place votes.

Oregon and Stanford each maintained its spots at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, while South Carolina (No. 6), Louisville (No. 8) and Florida (No. 9) each moved up a spot.  Florida State moved up to No. 10 to round out the Top Ten.

Oregon State (preseason No. 25), thanks to its loss to an FCS team, and Boise State (No. 19), throttled by Washington, both dropped out of the poll.  Those teams were replaced by Washington (No. 23) and Miami (T-No. 24).

USA Today Coaches' Poll Week One 2013

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12 Responses to “Tide maintains, UGA tumbles in latest coaches’ poll”
  1. meatchickenstillsucks says: Sep 3, 2013 1:02 PM

    And Michigan STILL SUCKS

  2. benvincible says: Sep 3, 2013 1:13 PM

    SCAR VS. UGA just got a lot more intense… And I’m not talking about camping.

  3. BrownsTown says: Sep 3, 2013 1:14 PM

    Why wouldn’t Clemson be #2? A win like that should catapult them over the other teams.

    Quality win (even if UGA is overrated…..simply because they play in the SEC).

  4. BrownsTown says: Sep 3, 2013 1:15 PM

    ….or at least jump more than three spots.

  5. sanduskyshowerboy says: Sep 3, 2013 1:23 PM

    Youre right brownstown

  6. dkhhuey says: Sep 3, 2013 1:28 PM

    I’m fairly shocked OSU didnt’ fall down in the polls and Clemson didn’t jump up a few more spots… oh well, I’ll write it off to 1st game ‘meh’ factor

  7. tidebarrister says: Sep 3, 2013 2:33 PM

    Clemson’s win over Georgia was not as impressive as many would believe. Both teams were ranked in the top ten. When two teams are evenly ranked/matched, it’s not really an impressive win when the home team wins. Most sports reporters and analysts will tell you that the home field advantage is usually worth anywhere from 3 to 7 points. Since Clemson won by three points, it’s not really a big deal in terms of moving up the rankings a lot. Had Clemson beaten Georgia by 10 or more points or had Clemson beaten Georgia in Athens by any margin, that would be a win that should have pushed them up the rankings. A three-point win by the home team featuring two evenly matched teams, is not a big deal.

  8. blitz4848 says: Sep 3, 2013 4:01 PM

    Clemson’s win over UGA was a HELL of a lot more convincing/impressive than The Buckeyes lackluster win over BuffaWHO—albeit very impressive that the Buckeyes felt it necessary to go for 2 pts after their first 2 tds.

  9. classyjacklambert says: Sep 3, 2013 4:19 PM

    Let’s hold our horses for a second here. So Clemson is now the #4 team in the country with one #1 vote… I would just like to say, hold up a minute. Love my Tigers but let’s take it one step at a time. We beat a great Georgia team at home but let’s not jump up and down screaming BCS just yet. There’s a lot of work ahead of us and we really need to focus on each game and not get ahead of ourselves at this point. That being said, I am cautiously optimistic and don’t think anyone is gonna take us lightly this year. Let’s not forget it’s the first week and anything can develop through the season. Go Tigers!

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 3, 2013 4:48 PM

    I tend to agree that I would rank the Tigers somewhere in the 2-3 range. Definitely over OSU.

    Saban must be giving A&M that vote just for bulletin board material. I don’t think anyone who really is looking thinks A&M is the best team in the country.

  11. thebigtim2012 says: Sep 3, 2013 7:33 PM

    Beating Georgia by 3 is pretty huge for a Sally school like clemson. While I do believe Georgia is overrated its still impressive anytime a acc team beats an sec school. Unfortunately for the lil pussy cats they do have and end of the season loss coming when they play USC. Good lord I hope both schools are undefeated that game could have a major impact on the national championship.

  12. necr0philia says: Sep 3, 2013 9:02 PM

    Canes back in the CP rankings is a good start! ” NOT BACK YET” to a few delusional fans! Just a step in the right direction so beat UF and that will be a Big step to the Ultimate goal!

    Go Canes!!!

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