For the past two weeks, Alabama (mainly) and Oregon had received every single first-place vote cast in the USA Today coaches’ poll.
Upon the release of the latest poll following the completion of Week 5, one of those has deemed an ACC school worthy of the No. 1 spot on his ballot.
Clemson, which has climbed from its preseason ranking of No. 8 to No. 4 heading into Week 6, was on the receiving end of one of the 62 first-place vote in the coaches’ poll released Sunday. No. 1 Alabama held steady with 59 first-place vote, while the Tigers’ top-spot nod came at the expense of No. 2 Oregon (2).
Georgia, thanks to its huge win over LSU, was easily the biggest mover upward this week, climbing from No. 10 to No. 6. Conversely, LSU dropped from No. 6 to No. 11 after its first loss of the season.
Of the six one-loss teams ranked in the Top 20, five are from the SEC: UGA, LSU, Texas A&M (No. 9, same as last week), South Carolina (No. 12, up from No. 13) and Florida (No. 19, same as last week). The only non-SEC school with a loss still inside the Top 20 is Oklahoma State, which tumbled from No. 11 all the way down to No. 20 after being embarrassed by West Virginia.
As for the remainder of the Top 10, Ohio State is No. 3, Stanford No. 5, Louisville No. 7, Florida State No. 8 and Oklahoma No. 10. All but the Sooners, which moved up two, are in the same spots as a week ago.
Three teams moved into the Top 25: Northern Illinois (No. 23), Arizona State (No. 24) and Nebraska (No. 25). That trio replaced Ole Miss (No. 21), Notre Dame (No. 22) and Wisconsin (No. 24).