Thanks to just two head-to-head matchups of ranked teams, and just a couple of “upsets” of ranked teams, the Week 2 USA Today coaches’ poll has taken on an eerily similar look to the one released after Week 1.
As expected, the coaches’ Top Five has exactly the same makeup it did last Tuesday, albeit with one slight adjustment: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Clemson.
Last week, the Buckeyes were No. 2 and the Ducks No. 3 according to the 62 coaches who make up the poll. OSU also lost one of its three first-place votes to OU, with the Tide, as was the case last week, claiming 58. Texas A&M received the remaining first-place nod
The first significant change comes at No. 6, previously held by South Carolina. Following the loss to Georgia, the Gamecocks tumbled all the way out of the Top 10 to No. 14. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, moved up two spots on the strength of that win into the Top 10 at No. 10.
Texas A&M (No. 6), Louisville (No. 7) and Florida State (No. 9) all moved up one spot each. LSU gained three spots from last week and currently sits at No. 8.
Miami, No. 24 last week, moved all the way up to T-No. 18 with its win over Florida. The Gators tumbled down 11 spots to No. 20.
Michigan was also one of the biggest climbers of the week, going from No. 17 to No. 12 following its home win over then-No. 13 Notre Dame. The Irish, on the other hand, fell all the way down to No. 21 after sitting at No. 13.
Texas (No. 16 last week) and USC (No. 22) both fell out of the Top 25 after embarrassing losses. Those two teams were replaced by Baylor (No. 22) and Ole Miss (No. 25).