It was a good time for Alabama to have a bye week. The Crimson Tide take over the No. 1 spot in the Amway Coaches Poll as the top five gets a complete overhaul.
Alabama moves up thanks to Clemson’s double-overtime loss at Notre Dame. The Tide received 55 of 62 first-place votes. They return to action next Saturday against struggling LSU.
Notre Dame, meanwhile, leapfrogs two places into the No. 2 spot thanks to its big win. The Fighting Irish got four No. 1 votes, their first of the season, helping them pass Ohio State. The Buckeyes, who handled their business against Rutgers, claimed the remaining three first-place votes. Clemson slips only to fourth, still well positioned to keep its streak of College Football Playoff appearances alive but with no margin for error going forward.
The No. 5 position is sure to cause some arguments. Florida, thanks to its rivalry win against then-fifth-ranked Georgia, vaults into that spot just one poll point ahead of Texas A&M. Yes, that would be the same Aggies’ team that toppled the Gators several weeks ago. Both those SEC members nudged ahead of Cincinnati, dropping a Bearcats a spot to No. 7 despite posting another convincing win in the American.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Eddie Timanus