Coaches Poll top 25: Alabama, Clemson return to top 10 in latest college football rankings


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The top 10 of the latest USA Today Coaches Poll looked largely the same following Week 11, but two big names did return to the fold. Alabama and Clemson came in at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, after bounce-back wins over Ole Miss and Louisville. Though the Crimson Tide were eliminated from SEC Championship Game contention by way of LSU’s win over Arkansas, the Tigers secured their spot in the ACC Championship Game next month vs. North Carolina

The arrival of Alabama and Clemson also means teams needed to fall from the top 10. The Rebels dropped five spots from No. 9 to No. 14 after falling just short against the Tide, and Oregon plummeted seven spots from No. 6 to No. 13 following a 37-34 home loss to Washington, which climbed from No. 23 to No. 15 — still two spots behind the Ducks. 

The biggest climber of the week, however, was Florida State, which entered the poll at No. 20, up 11 spots from where it finished in the balloting last week. The Seminoles crushed Syracuse 38-3 and have now won three straight by a combined score of 124-22.

The top five teams remain the same at the top of the poll, with Georgia receiving 61 of 63 first-place votes following a 45-19 win over Mississippi State. Texas, Liberty, Illinois and Kentucky all fell out of the poll following losses.

Check out the full top 25 as voted on by the 63 FBS coaches who make up the Coaches Poll. First-place votes are in parenthesis. 

Coaches Poll top 25

1. Georgia (61)
2. Ohio State (1)
3. Michigan (1)
4. TCU
5. Tennessee
6. USC
7. LSU
8. Alabama
9. Clemson
10. Utah
11. North Carolina
12. Penn State
13. Oregon
14. Ole Miss
15. Washington
16. UCLA
17. Kansas State
18. UCF
19. Notre Dame
20. Florida State
21. Cincinnati
22. Tulane
23. Coastal Carolina
24. Oklahoma State
25. NC State

Others receiving votes: Texas 76; Oregon State 62; Illinois 48; Texas-San Antonio 40; Troy 32; Minnesota 30; Duke 24; Liberty 9; Pittsburgh 8; Kentucky 8; Florida 8; Boise State 5; Air Force 5; Wake Forest 3; South Alabama 2; Toledo 1.

Dropped out: No. 18 Texas; No. 19 Liberty; No. 20 Illinois; No. 24 Kentucky.





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