Coaches Poll top 25: Alabama, Clemson return to top 10 in latest college football rankings

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The top 10 in the latest USA Today coaching poll was largely the same after Week 11, but two big names returned to the fold. Alabama and Clemson came in at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, after rebounding wins over Ole Miss and Louisville. Although the Crimson Tide was eliminated from the SEC Championship Game thanks to LSU’s win over Arkansas, the Tigers secured their spot in next month’s ACC Championship Game against North Carolina.

The arrival of Alabama and Clemson also means teams must fall from the top 10. The Rebels fell five spots from No. 9 to No. 14 after falling narrowly against the Tide, and Oregon dropped up seven spots from No. 6 to No. 14. 13 following a 37-34 home loss to Washington, which moved from No. 23 to No. 15 – still two spots behind the Ducks.

The week’s biggest climber, however, was Florida State, which entered the poll 20th, up 11 places from where it finished in the poll last week. The Seminoles crushed Syracuse 38-3 and have now won three straight by a combined score of 124-22.

The top five teams remain the same at the top of the poll, with Georgia receiving 61 of 63 votes for first place after a 45-19 victory over Mississippi State. Texas, Liberty, Illinois and Kentucky were all knocked out of the ballot following losses.

Check out the full top 25 as voted on by the 63 FBS coaches who make up the Coaches Poll. Votes for first place are in parentheses.

Top 25 Coaches Survey

1. Georgia (61)
2. Ohio State (1)
3.Michigan (1)
4. Terms
5. Tennessee
7. USL
11. North Carolina
12. Penn State
13. Oregon
14. Be Miss
17. Kansas State
19. Our Lady
20. State of Florida
21. Cincinnati
22. Tulane
23. Coastal Carolina
24. Oklahoma State
25. NC Status

Others receiving votes:Texas 76; Oregon State 62? Illinois 48; Texas-San Antonio 40; Troy 32; Minnesota 30; duke 24; Freedom 9; Pittsburgh 8; Kentucky 8; Florida 8; Boise State 5; Aviation 5; WakeForest 3; Southern Alabama 2; Toledo 1.

Abandoned: No. 18 Texas; No. 19 Liberty; No. 20 Illinois; No. 24 Kentucky.

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