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Ducks chip away at Tide in coaches’ poll

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Thanks to a Weak Week 4 slate that featured just one matchup pitting ranked teams, and every other ranked team that played coming away with a win, we were searching for some type of angle for this weekend’s release of the USA Today coaches’ poll.

Thanks to Alabama’s sluggish victory, we’ve found one.  Barely.

As expected, the Top 10 of the coaches’ poll remained nearly the same as after Week 3, with every team with the exception Louisville and LSU remaining where they were a week ago.  The Cardinals dropped from No. 6 to No. 7 despite a 72-point win, while the Tigers replaced the UofL on the strength of an impressive win over previously-unbeaten Auburn.

While Alabama remained No. 1, they did see their lead over No. 2 Oregon erode ever so slightly.  The Tide received “just” 59 first-place votes, down from 61 seven days ago.  The Ducks picked up those two first-place votes and now have earned the top spot according to three coaches.  UA and UO are the only teams to receive first-place votes this week.

The swap of first-place votes helped the Ducks cut the Tide’s points lead from 72 to 67.

Michigan, meanwhile, continue to tumble in spite of maintaining an unblemished record.  Following a narrow Week 3 escape against woeful Akron, the Wolverines dropped from No. 12 to No. 14.  Following a three-point win against winless UConn last night, UM moved down three more spots to No. 17.

The only other teams to move up or down more than two spots this week were Miami (from No. 17 to No. 15) and Fresno State (No. 25 to No. 23).

Arizona State (then-No. 23) and Michigan State (No. 24) fell out of the Top 25, replaced by Wisconsin (No. 24) and Texas Tech (No. 25).

Coaches' Poll Week Four

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