Although we’re barely a quarter into the college football season, Georgia has definitely been watching the role of the defending national champion. The majority of voters in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA coaching poll agree, as the Bulldogs have assumed the No. 1 ranking.
After another dominating performance in Week 3, this time on the road in South Carolina, Georgia received 40 of 65 first-place votes to edge Alabama by 14 poll points. Alabama retains 24 votes for first place but relinquishes, at least for now, the top spot it held since preseason.
Ohio State remains at No. 3, claiming a single vote for first place. Michigan passes Clemson for the No. 4 position.
The rest of the top 10 also saw minor shakeups. Oklahoma remains in 6th place after a win over struggling Nebraska. Southern California won a late night shootout with Fresno State and overtakes Oklahoma State for the No. 7 position. Kentucky and Arkansas each move up a spot to complete the top 10 .
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Washington is the only newcomer to the ballot this week, making its season debut at No. 24 after toppling then No. 1. 9 Michigan State. The Spartans drop 12 spots to No. 21. That wasn’t bad news for the Big Ten, however, as Penn State takes the biggest jump of the week to No. 15, up eight spots after a dominant win at Auburn.
Miami faces Michigan State for the biggest 12-position drop of the week, but the Hurricanes remain in 25th place.
Pittsburgh, despite comfortably beating Western Michigan and up 53 points from last week, is knocked out of the Top 25.