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Florida drops in latest Super 16 poll, UCF moves in, UGA-Notre Dame battle set to be a top seven affair

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Uncertainty over Florida’s future without starting quarterback Feliepe Franks is already causing voters to drop the Gators in national polls following the team’s escape at Kentucky over the weekend.

Dan Mullen’s squad dropped two spots to 11th despite winning to move to 3-0 on the season, a good indication that a forthcoming slide might happen in the AP and Coaches Polls as well. They weren’t the only ones to drop however, as Michigan slid from No. 10 to No. 12, Texas A&M dropped out altogether and Oregon moved down a spot to No. 16.

The SEC once again occupies slots 2-4 in the poll and have five of the top 16 teams overall. There was a slight change however as some voters apparently forgot about LSU’s win over new No. 9 Texas and flipped the Tigers with Georgia in the 3/4 spots. That makes the upcoming battle in Athens between the Bulldogs and No. 7 Notre Dame a top seven affair with huge College Football Playoff implications.

It should be noted that three writers (Kevin McGuire, Zach Barnett and Bryan Fischer) here at CFTalk have weekly votes in the Super 16 poll. Without further ado, here’s the full rankings heading into Week 4:

  1. Clemson (34 first place votes)
  2. Alabama (8)
  3. Georgia (1)
  4. LSU (3)
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Ohio State
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Auburn
  9. Texas
  10. Utah
  11. Florida
  12. Michigan
  13. Wisconsin
  14. Penn State
  15. UCF
  16. Oregon

Also notable were the debut of UCF in the poll, the highest ranked Group of Five team as a result of their thumping of Stanford down in Orlando.

Top nine unchanged in updated AP Poll; UCF moves into top 15

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Though there were a handful of upsets on Saturday but since most of those didn’t occur in the top 10, the bulk of the places near the top remained unchanged heading into Week 4.

In fact the only change was No. 11 Michigan and No. 10 Utah flipping places after the Wolverines had the weekend off ahead of their matchup against No. 13 Wisconsin. The Badgers were actually tied at that ranking with co-No. 13 Penn State as changes were few and far between from No. 14 on up.

One pleasant surprise was the continued ascent of UCF, which moved into the top 15 following the Knights destruction of a Stanford team ranked in the top 25 just two weeks ago.

Speaking of the Pac-12, the conference really dominated the AP Poll’s back half. No. 16 Oregon, No. 19 Washington State and No. 22 Washington were joined by No. 23 California and No. 24 Arizona State. The six schools from the league tied the SEC for most by one league — though it just meant a little bit more for the latter with No. 17 Texas A&M being the lowest ranked of that bunch.

TCU also debuted in the poll at No. 25 while Michigan State, USC and Maryland dropped out.

The full AP Top 25 heading into Week 4:

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. LSU
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Ohio State
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Auburn
  9. Florida
  10. Utah
  11. Michigan
  12. Texas
  13. Penn State/Wisconsin

15. UCF

16. Oregon

17. Texas A&M

18. Iowa

19. Washington State

20. Boise State

21. Virginia

22. Washington

23. California

24. Arizona State

25. TCU

Virginia, Arizona State, Cal, Kansas State make debuts in latest Coaches Poll

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The latest Amway/USA Today Coaches Poll is out heading into Week 4 and there were a handful of movers and shakers after a somewhat quiet weekend that produced four ranked sides going down.

The Pac-12 may be the conference who receives the least respect nationally but fresh off a major upset and continued solid play from others, the league is at least being given its due by the coaches across the country.

Making their debuts in the top 25 were No. 25 Kansas State (after their upset of Mississippi State), No. 24 Arizona State (after beating Michigan State in East Lansing), No. 23 Cal and a No. 22 Virginia side that was ranked by the AP last week but finally sees the coaches coming around to the ACC Coastal Division favorite after holding on against Florida State on Saturday.

The Spartans and Bulldogs were among the four teams that were dropped from the poll as a result, joining USC and Maryland in moving out of the top 25 following losses.

Here’s the full poll:

  1. Clemson (62 first place votes)
  2. Alabama (3)
  3. Georgia
  4. Oklahoma
  5. LSU
  6. Ohio State
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Florida
  9. Auburn
  10. Michigan
  11. Utah
  12. Penn State
  13. Texas
  14. Wisconsin
  15. Texas A&M
  16. UCF
  17. Oregon
  18. Iowa
  19. Washington State
  20. Boise State
  21. Washington
  22. Virginia
  23. Cal
  24. Arizona State
  25. Kansas State

Stunner: College GameDay headed to Athens in Week 4 for No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Georgia

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You want to talk about an anticlimactic announcement.

Prior to the Week 3 results, there were four Week 4 matchups that would’ve potentially featured ranked teams.  Three of those were No. 11 Utah vs. No. 24 USC (Trojans lost Saturday, of course), No. 10 Michigan vs. No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 8 Auburn vs. No. 16 Texas A&M.

Despite the attractiveness of Madison, the hands-down favorite to be the host campus for ESPN‘s College GameDay show was Athens, provided No. 3 Georgia and No. 7 Notre Dame held serve in Week 3. Saturday’s results? Georgia 55, Arkansas State 0.  Notre Dame 66, New Mexico 14.

So, with that, ESPN confirmed Saturday night that, yes, the GameDay traveling roadshow will set up shop on the UGA campus in Week 4.

According to UGA, the last time College Gameday came to Athens was Sept. 28, 2013, when No. 9 Georgia defeated No. 6 LSU 44-41.

Washington drops nine spots in Week 3 Coaches Poll as Maryland, USC debut in top 25

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It turns out a few coaches (or their Sports Information Directors) either stayed up late enough to catch Cal’s upset of Washington early on Sunday morning or they at least bothered to check the box score because the Huskies were the biggest mover in the Week 3 Coaches Poll — and not in the direction they would have liked.

UW dropped nine spots to No. 21 — mirroring their drop in the AP Poll (where they were No. 23) — double the drop for fellow Saturday losers Texas (down four places to No. 13) and Texas A&M (also down four spots to No. 15).

The Big Ten was home to two teams who moved down despite winning, with No. 6 Ohio State dropping a single place to make way for No. 5 LSU while No. 10 Michigan predictably fell three spots after escaping in double OT against Army.

Virginia didn’t make the cut for the coaches despite doing so for AP voters but the former poll did include three newcomers in No. 23 Mississippi State, No. 24 USC (who beat a ranked Stanford team) and No. 25 Maryland (who throttled a ranked Syracuse side). The Cardinal and Orange were 2/3 of the group of teams that dropped out of the rankings, joining Nebraska after the Cornhuskers were stunned by Colorado on Saturday.

The full Week 3 Coaches Poll:

  1. Clemson (60 first place votes)
  2. Alabama (3)
  3. Georgia
  4. Oklahoma
  5. LSU
  6. Ohio State
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Florida
  9. Auburn
  10. Michigan
  11. Penn State
  12. Utah
  13. Texas
  14. Wisconsin
  15. Texas A&M
  16. UCF
  17. Oregon
  18. Iowa
  19. Michigan State
  20. Washington State
  21. Washington
  22. Boise State
  23. Mississippi State
  24. USC
  25. Maryland