A largely upset-free week in college football produced little change in the Amway Coaches Poll, at least at the upper echelons. The top ten teams remained unchanged, with Clemson and Alabama continuing to hold down the first two places while monopolizing the first-place votes.
The Tigers handled their first ACC road test, smothering recent nemesis Syracuse, and claimed 62 of the 65 No. 1 votes to stay comfortably on top of the poll. The second-ranked Crimson Tide, who also took care of business in their league road opener at South Carolina, received the other three firsts.
Georgia, Oklahoma and LSU round out the top five, followed by No. 6 Ohio State and No. 7 Notre Dame.
Florida had the closest call among the top ten but rallied to win at Kentucky. The Gators stayed put at No. 8, finishing just two poll points ahead of No. 9 Auburn. Michigan, which had the weekend off, holds steady at No. 10.
The highest ranked team to switch positions is Utah, which nudged ahead of Penn State for the No. 11 spot. No. 13 Texas remains the highest ranked team with a loss on the season.
Four top-25 teams were upset victims, headed by then-No. 19 Michigan State. All four of those fell out of the rankings. The others were Mississippi State, Southern California and Maryland, each of whom enjoyed just a one-week stay in the poll.
No. 22 Virginia heads the quartet of newcomers after staving off Florida State. No. 23 California, No. 24 Arizona State and No. 25 Kansas State also move in.