The Amway Coaches Poll is not the same as the playoff rankings. But this week’s voting undoubtedly presages some lively debates that figure to take place in the committee room in the days and weeks ahead.
For now, the top three positions remain fairly well established. It’s that all-important fourth slot that will cause the most discussion. LSU, Ohio State and Clemson stayed put in those first three positions, and Georgia edged ahead of Alabama at No. 4.
The Tigers received 55 of 65 first-place votes to keep the No. 1 spot following a victory at Mississippi. The Buckeyes picked up six No. 1 nods this week, while Clemson claimed the remaining four.
The Bulldogs finished 17 poll points ahead of the Crimson Tide to claim the fourth spot. The change was likely a combination of Georgia’s road win at Auburn and Alabama’s costly victory at Mississippi State in which quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went down with a season-ending injury.
Oregon held steady at No. 6, while No. 7 Oklahoma and No. 8 Utah each moved up a notch. Penn State and Florida each gained two positions to climb back into the top 10. Minnesota and Baylor, who fell from the ranks of the undefeated, slid to No. 11 and No. 13, respectively.
Joining the rankings this week were No. 23 Oklahoma State, No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 25 San Diego State.
Navy, Texas and Indiana dropped out.