The Coaches Poll top 25 experienced a shakeup as a pair of undefeated top-10 teams suffered their first losses of the season. While no teams inside of the top five lost on Saturday, close matchups and the new College Football Playoff rankings influenced the field. Alabama and Cincinnati swapped spots for No. 2 after the Bearcats needed a a pair of goal-line stands and a fumble to eke past Tulsa. However, the Crimson Tide found themselves in a battle as well and narrowly edged LSU 20-14. Oklahoma remained at No. 4 in the rankings after an open week while Ohio State rounded out the top five.
Michigan State dropped three spots to No. 9 — behind No. 8 Michigan, which the Spartans beat in Week 9 — after a 40-29 loss to Purdue that knocked it from the list of unbeaten teams. Similarly, Wake Forest dropped four spots to No. 13 after picking up its first loss to North Carolina in a 58-55 decision. Kentucky and SMU dropped out of the poll entirely after losses.
After earning a lofty spot in the initial playoff rankings, Wisconsin moved up seven spots to enter the poll at No. 24. Louisiana also entered the field at No. 25 to round out the rankings. BYU was the biggest in-poll riser of the week, jumping five spots to No. 15 after a slew of mid-ranking losses.
Check out the full Coaches Poll top 25 below. First-place votes in parenthesis.
- Georgia (64)
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Michigan State
- Oklahoma STate
- Texas A&M
- Ole Miss
- Wake Forest
- NC State
- Coastal Carolina
- Penn State
Others receiving votes: Arkansas 116; San Diego State 103; Purdue 77; Kentucky 74; Utah 34; Iowa State 21; Appalachian State 19; SMU 18; Minnesota 10; Nevada 3; Fresno State 3; Clemson 3; Tennessee 2; Arizona State 1
Dropped out: No. 17 Kentucky; No. 24 Southern Methodist