Another week of college football down, another AP Poll to gawk at and draw conclusions from. And despite no significant upsets from this last week of games, there was still some movement at the top.
Clemson, after coming this close to losing to UNC in Chapel Hill, has dropped one spot and allowed Alabama to leapfrog them. The Tigers are no. 2 this week and garnered 18 first place votes, while the Crimson Tide moved to no. 1 and picked up 29 first place votes - 23 more than last week.
Georgia and Ohio State also saw themselves grab some first place votes, as both the Bulldogs and Buckeyes have owned their schedule up to this point. The biggest move up the polls was UCF, with only a four spot jump from last week, after defeating Connecticut 56-21. The biggest drop was California, after flying up 8 spots last week to 15th. And how did the Golden Bears respond to their highest ranking in ten years? Well, by losing to unranked Arizona State, 24-17 at home. Cal dropped all the way from 15th to unranked, receiving enough votes to be an unofficial 26th in the poll. The Sun Devils’ big road win propelled them to no. 20 this week.
Virginia also saw a significant drop in the polls, moving from no. 18 to no. 23 after losing a tough road game against 9th ranked Notre Dame. UVA played it close in the first half, leading the Fightin’ Irish 17-14 before getting outscored 21-3 in the final 30 minutes. Elsewhere in the ACC, Wake Forest joined the top 25 after starting the season 5-0, 2-0 in the ACC. Miami, clearly, didn’t receive a vote after their bye week and somehow, despite almost beating the defending champs, UNC also saw 0 votes this week.