Almost upheaval was plentiful on a wild college football Saturday. The keyword is close, however, as there have been no changes at the top of the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaching Survey.
The top five teams remain the same, led by No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Georgia. The Crimson Tide still has all but one of 65 first-place votes despite having to avoid a furious rally in Florida. The Bulldogs, again claiming the last No. 1 vote, had a much easier time with South Carolina in their SEC opener and easily retained second place.
Oklahoma hold No.3, although the Sooners were just two points ahead of Oregon this week after a closer-than-expected result in their reunion with former Big Eight rivals Nebraska. . Texas A&M completes a top five again.
Iowa edged out Clemson for No. 6, while the Tigers struggled to push off Georgia Tech. Penn State, the prime-time home winner over Auburn, drops four spots to first place. 8. Cincinnati and Notre Dame, which will meet in person on October 10th. 2, completed the top 10 as Florida slipped to No. 1. 11 ahead of Ohio State.
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MISERY INDEX:Florida State takes first place after falling to 0-3
OBSERVATIONS:Oklahoma offensive collapses, Michigan state rises
Fresno State joins the poll at No. 25 thanks to its thrilling victory at the time-No. 13 UCLA in the wee hours. This is the Bulldogs’ first appearance since the last poll of the 2018 season. Michigan State is moving there as well. The Spartans improved to 3-0 with a victory in Miami, Florida. 21.
Virginia Tech and Arizona State are the dropouts for the week.
There is a change in the coaching panel for the remainder of the season. Jonathan Smith of Oregon State replaces former Southern California coach Clay Helton.