Alabama did not have to do a thing to take over the top spot in the Amway Coaches Poll this week. After Florida State went back and forth in ACC play for a second straight week, the idle Crimson Tide ascended past the defending national champions for the top spot in this week’s coaches poll.
Florida State received 26 first-place votes, more than any other school, but must have dropped past second place on a number of ballots. Alabama only received 15 first-place votes and edged the Noles by nine total points in the coaches ranking. Oklahoma received 14 first-place votes and remained third in the coaches poll, followed by Oregon, Auburn, Baylor, Texas A&M and Notre Dame. Each of those schools stood firm with their coaches ranking this week.
UCLA moved up one spot from tenth to ninth in this week’s poll following a Thursday night beating on the road of Arizona State. The Sun Devils took the biggest tumble in the coaches poll, dropping 12 spots down to No. 24. UCLA swapped places with Michigan State. The Spartans round out this week’s top 10 in the coaches poll after smashing Wyoming at home.
There was plenty of movement in spots 11-25. Ole Miss remained No. 11 in the coaches poll, but every spot after that saw some changes. Georgia and Stanford moved up one spot to No. 12 and No. 13, respectively. Mississippi State moved up two spots to No. 14, followed by LSU (up three spots). No. 16 Wisconsin was bumped up one spot and is followed by two other Big Ten teams. Nebraska and Ohio State each moved up two spots in the coaches ranking. No. 19 BYU also bumped up two spots this week. No. 20 USC rounds out the top 20 after moving up two spots as well.
No. 21 East Carolina remains in good position for a Group of Five bowl spot, if the coaches poll can be used as a litmus test for how the selection committee will view bowl contenders. The Pirates were off this week but moved up three spots with others ahead of them taking a fall. Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Arizona State and TCU complete the coaches top 25 ranking this week.
South Carolina, after losing at home for the second time this season (this time to Missouri) dropped out of the top 25. So did Duke, following a loss at Miami. Missouri is now the top school in the others receiving votes category.