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Saturday’s round of wild college football games with a few unexpected results caused considerable shakeup in the Amway Coaches Poll, though Clemson and Alabama continue to lead the way.
Clemson strengthened its hold on the No. 1 ranking after dispatching then-No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in convincing fashion. The Tigers received 55 of 62 first-place votes this week, extending its lead over the Crimson Tide to 65 poll points. The Hurricanes were demoted to No. 12.
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Alabama retained five firsts and is still solidly at No. 2, though they needed all the offensive firepower they could muster to stave off unranked Mississippi.
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Georgia, which heads to Alabama next week, now holds the No. 3 position alone after the Bulldogs pulled away from Tennessee and Florida fell to Texas A&M. Notre Dame, which got back on the field and held off Florida State, climbs to fourth. Ohio State returns to the top five two weeks before the Big Ten’s highly anticipated debut.
North Carolina, a winner in a high-scoring affair with Virginia Tech, moves up to No. 6, its highest ranking since 1998 during Mack Brown’s first coaching stint in Chapel Hill.
Alabama-Mississippi start time pushed back by Hurricane Delta
Saturday's game between Ole Miss and Alabama will kick off a little later than expected because of the threat of Hurricane Delta in Mississippi.Ole Miss announced Thursday the start time for its home game will be pushed back to 7:30 p.m. ET to avoid the worst of Hurricane Delta, which is expected to make its way through Mississippi on Saturday.
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Florida, meanwhile, slips to No. 9 while the Aggies vault nine positions to No. 11, a couple of notches higher than they were rated before losing to Alabama.
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Oklahoma State, the last unbeaten team in the Big 12, moves up three places to No. 7 following an open date. Penn State holds steady at No. 8 and Cincinnati rounds out the top 10.
Among the notable dropouts is defending national champion LSU. The Tigers fell to 1-2 thanks to Missouri’s late goal-line stand and fall out of the Top 25 for the first time since October of 2017. T
Texas also drops from the rankings with its four-overtime loss to Red River rival Oklahoma. The news wasn’t all bad for the Big 12, however, as Kansas State joins the poll at No. 22.
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Ohio State up to No. 3 in Amway Coaches Poll behind Clemson, Alabama .
Ohio State took the field for the first time in the 2020 season and a defeat of Nebraska moved the Buckeyes to No. 3 in the Amway Coaches Poll.The main beneficiary is Ohio State. The Buckeyes ran away from Nebraska in their season debut and vault to No. 3 in the poll, retaining a pair of first-place votes. Ohio State leapfrogs No. 4 Notre Dame, despite the Fighting Irish’s dominant road win at Pittsburgh, and No. 5 Georgia.