We knew that at least one of the top-ranked college football teams would lose in Week 10 due to the head-to-head in Athens, Georgia. As it turns out, two other teams in the top six were also defeated, resulting in some major changes to the USA TODAY Sports AFCA coach poll.
Georgia solidified their dominance at the No. 1 position after their dominant win against then No. 1.3 Tennessee. The Bulldogs are the near-unanimous first pick this week, receiving all but two of the 63-member voting panel first place votes.
Ohio State remains in second place, but the Buckeyes were not chosen first in any polls following their lackluster victory at Northwestern. The other two first places went to third place Michigan, which started slowly against Rutgers but ended up winning comfortably to move up one position in the poll.
TCU, the fourth and final undefeated team remaining in the Bowl Subdivision, also jumps to fourth place in the rankings. Tennessee rounds out the top five, slipping a few places but staying ahead of No. 6 Oregon, whose only loss of the season also came at the hands of Georgia.
Alabama drops five places to 11th, while Clemson drops seven places to 12th. This marks only the second week in the playoff era and the first since the September 27, 2015 poll that neither the Crimson Tide nor the Tigers are ranked in the top 10. Prior to this week, the 2015 poll is the only time since 2010 that Alabama has not appeared in the top 10.
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LSU, the team that gave Alabama their second loss of the campaign in a dramatic two-point conversion, jumps nine places to eighth this week. Notre Dame, responsible for Clemson’s first setback of the year, returns to the vote in 25th place.
In addition to Notre Dame, Texas’ number 18 returns to the vote on the eve of next week’s meeting with the TCU. Washington is also back at number 23 after winning Friday night’s close contest against Oregon State.
Oklahoma State, just two weeks out of the top 10 in the rankings, is out after a second straight loss by a Sunflower State team. Syracuse and Wake Forest also fold, reducing the ACC’s representation by two.