After a Week 10 slate of games that was short on drama and long on yawns, not much change was expected when the latest polls were released Sunday.
As expected, the, um, expected has indeed happened, at least as far as the coaches are concerned.
Coming off its first loss of the season Saturday, Miami tumbled eight spots to No. 14 in the USA Today coaches’ poll. Texas Tech, which suffered its second loss of the season yesterday, also dropped eight spots but remains inside the Top 25 at No. 23.
With five of the Top-10 teams from last week’s poll on a bye weekend, and with just Miami’s loss in that group, there was very little change in this week’s version of the Top Ten. The Top Five teams remained unchanged from a week ago: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Florida State, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Baylor.
While there was no change position-wise in the Top Five, there was a shift in first-place vote allocation and the closing of a couple of gaps (slightly) when it comes to points.
Last week, Alabama (56) and Oregon (6) were the only teams receiving first-place votes. Coming off its win over then-No. 6 Miami, Florida State picked up three first-place votes, with two coming at the expense of the Tide (54) and one from the Ducks (two).
The Seminoles are also now within 39 points of the Ducks, closing the points gap from 1,483-1,419 last week to 1,475-1,436 this week. The Tide, meanwhile, gained on the second-place Ducks ever so slightly, with the point distance between the two going from 59 after Week 9 to 65 following Week 10.
The No. 5 Bears, despite being idle and OSU’s own impressive win, saw its deficit to the No. 4 Buckeyes drop from 82 last week to 70 this week.
The remainder of the Top Ten all moved up exactly one spot from a week ago: No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Clemson, No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 9 Missouri and No. 10 Auburn.
LSU at No. 12 is the highest-ranked two-loss team in this week’s poll, up a spot from a week ago. The biggest upward climber of the week is Michigan State, which jumped five spots to No. 19.
Outside of Miami, Texas Tech and Michigan State, no other team moved up or down more than one spot. Two teams held steady from a week ago (unbeaten Northern Illinois at No. 19, two-loss Notre Dame at No. 25), while Arizona State at No. 24 was the lone new face. The Sun Devils replaced then-No. 21 Michigan.