Alabama moves closer to No. 1 Clemson in latest Amway Coaches Poll

Clemson’s narrow escape against Boston College did not cost the Tigers the No.-1 ranking, but second-ranked Alabama gained significant ground in the Amway Coaches Poll this week.

Clemson retained 43 of 62 first-place votes. The Crimson Tide got 17, more than doubling their total of eight from last week, and closed the overall gap to 24 points.

Ohio State remained No. 3 with a pair of first-place nods after taking charge quickly at Penn State. Notre Dame, which hosts Clemson next Saturday, held steady at No. 4. Georgia stayed put at No. 5 on the eve of its showdown with No. 8 Florida.

Alabama defensive back Patrick Surtain II (2) returns an interception for a touchdown after avoiding Mississippi State wide receiver Cameron Gardner during the season half at Bryant-Denny Stadium. (Photo: Gary Cosby Jr, The Tuscaloosa News)

Oklahoma State, the highest-rated upset victim, dropped six positions to No. 12 after its overtime loss to Texas. Cincinnati inherited the No. 6 spot following a dominant win against defending American Athletic champ Memphis. No. 7 Texas A&M also moved up a notch after staving off Arkansas. BYU and Miami round out the top 10.

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In other poll news, Indiana, off to a 2-0 start, moves up six spots to No. 13, its highest ranking since USA TODAY began administering the coaches poll in 1991. Oregon is No. 14 and Southern California is No. 20 on the eve of the Pac-12 finally kicking off its season. 

No. 21 Auburn rejoins the top 25 after its demolition of LSU. Boise State, also off to a 2-0 start, moved in at No. 23. Michigan barely held on at No. 25 following its loss to Michigan State.

Kansas State and Penn State dropped out.

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