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Sports Ohio State up to No. 3 in Amway Coaches Poll behind Clemson, Alabama

20:10  25 october  2020
20:10  25 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Texas A&M surges and LSU falls out, while Clemson leads the latest Amway Coaches Poll

  Texas A&M surges and LSU falls out, while Clemson leads the latest Amway Coaches Poll Another wild weekend in college football created change in the Amway Coaches Poll. Texas A&M was the biggest riser, while LSU fell out of the Top 25.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.

For the first time, the Big Ten has actual results for the voters in the Amway Coaches Poll to consider this season, to the benefit of some and the detriment of others.

a group of football players on a field: Ohio State safety Josh Proctor (41) recovers the fumble during the fourth quarter against Nebraska at Ohio Stadium. © Joseph Maiorana, USA TODAY Sports Ohio State safety Josh Proctor (41) recovers the fumble during the fourth quarter against Nebraska at Ohio Stadium.

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.

Penn State was not as fortunate after falling in overtime at Indiana in its opener. The Nittany Lions drop 10 spots to No. 17, and must now rebound quickly with Ohio State coming to Happy Valley next week. Wisconsin and Michigan gain three positions each to No. 11 and No. 14, respectively, after impressive first efforts.

Clemson holds off Alabama for No. 1 spot in Amway Coaches Poll

  Clemson holds off Alabama for No. 1 spot in Amway Coaches Poll Clemson held its No. 1 spot in the Amway Coaches Poll ahead of Alabama after the Crimson Tide took down then-No. 3 Georgia in impressive fashion.Clemson, who put up 73 points earlier in the day in a pounding of Georgia Tech, holds the top spot on 52 of the 62 ballots. Alabama received eight first-place votes, just three more than last week.

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Clemson, meanwhile, retains the No. 1 spot followed by second-ranked Alabama. The Tigers overcame some miscues to pull away from Syracuse and continue to lead the poll with 52 first-place votes. The Crimson Tide handled Tennessee on the road and now have eight first-place nods.

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Oklahoma State holds steady at No. 6 after staving off then-No. 17 Iowa State.

Cincinnati moves up to a season-best No. 7, its highest position since achieving a No. 4 ranking in 2009. No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 9 Florida swap positions in what might be considered a market correction. BYU moves into the top 10 for the first time since 2009.

College football winners and losers from Week 8 include Rutgers, Alabama and Indiana

  College football winners and losers from Week 8 include Rutgers, Alabama and Indiana The biggest winners and losers from Week 8 of the 2020 season, including Ohio State, Indiana and Tennessee.Already one of three teams receiving first-place votes in this week's Amway Coaches Poll, the Buckeyes showed little signs of the sluggishness that has hobbled even the nation's best teams after a unique offseason.

Indiana joins the poll at No. 19 on the strength of the Penn State win. It's the highest ranking for the Hoosiers since 1993. No. 24 Oklahoma and No. 25 Army rejoin the rankings as well.

Virginia Tech, Minnesota and North Carolina State are the week’s dropouts.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ohio State up to No. 3 in Amway Coaches Poll behind Clemson, Alabama

No. 4 Notre Dame takes down No. 1 Clemson in double overtime .
Notre Dame took control of ACC race and took a big step toward the College Football Playoff by upsetting Clemson, which was without Trevor Lawrence.One of the biggest games of the regular season delivered one of the most memorable wins of the Brian Kelly era at Notre Dame, handing Clemson its first regular-season loss in 36 tries and painting the Irish as a legitimate contender to win the program's first national championship since 1988.

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