Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY Published 1: 12 pm ET Sept. 8, 2019Updated 2: 26 PM ET Sept. 8, 2019
USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the latest Amway Coaches Poll. USA TODAY
A couple of marquee results over the weekend produced minor shuffling in the Amway Coaches Poll, including one change in the top five.
Clemson strengthened its grip on the No. 1 spot, thanks to a convincing win against then-No. 11 Texas A&M. The Tigers received all but three first-place votes this week of the 63 ballots cast by coaches.
Second-ranked Alabama, which easily handled New Mexico State, claimed the remaining three first-place nods. No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Oklahoma, each of whom took care of business against lesser opponents from the Football Championship Subdivision, also held their respective poll positions.
LSU, whichput on an impressive aerial showat then-No. 9 Texas, edged into the No. 5 spot just ahead of Ohio State. The Buckeyes put on a dominant performance themselves in blanking Cincinnati, but the Tigers received five more poll points.
The rest of the top 10 looks a bit different as well. Notre Dame, which had the weekend off, moved up to No. 7. Florida and Auburn claimed the next two spots as Michigan, whichescaped Army in double overtime, fell to No. 10.
Auburn makes the biggest jump of the week, gaining four positions. Washington, the highest-ranked upset victim, took a nine-place hit from No. 12 to No. 21 Afterlosing to Pac – 12 opponent Californiaon a last-minute field goal in the dead of night. Newcomers to the poll include No. 25 Maryland. The Terrapins are ranked for the first time since the final poll of the 2010 season after hanging 63 points on then-No. 22 Syracuse.
The Orange are among the week’s dropouts, along with Stanford and Nebraska. No. 23 Mississippi State and No. 24 Southern California also join the top 25