Erick Smith, USA TODAY
(USA TODAY) - The USC Gamecocks are ranked 9th and the Clemson Tigers are 12th in the latest USA TODAY Sports Coaches poll.
The teams also hold the same ranking in the Associated Press poll.
Overall, Alabama grabbed the top spot in the coaches polll following its emphatic statement win against Michigan. The Crimson Tide received 37 first-place votes, a net gain of 17 from the preseason poll.
Southern California also moved up a spot to No. 2, while preseason leader LSU slipped to third. USC claimed 14 No. 1 votes, while the Tigers retained seven. LSU became the first preseason No.1 squad to win its opener but fall from the top position in the coaches poll since 2008, when Georgia was overtaken by USC.
There was more shifting among the top seven, all winners in week one. No. 4 Oregon picked up the 59th first-place vote and swapped places with No. 5 Oklahoma, and No. 6 Florida State nudged ahead of No.7 Georgia. West Virginia vaulted into the No. 8 spot ahead of No. 9 South Carolina and No. 10 Arkansas. Michigan slid 11 places to No. 19 after being rolled by the Tide.
Auburn was the only team ranked in the preseason poll to drop out this week after falling to No.12 Clemson. Boise State, which lost its high-profile opener 17-13 at then-No.13 Michigan State, held on at No. 25. That keeps a streak alive of 63 consecutive poll appearances for the Broncos, second only to Alabama's 66 among the best active streaks. Michigan State rose two spots to No. 11.
Louisville entered the rankings this week at No. 24, giving the Big East a presence in the poll after the league was shut out of the top 25 in the preseason.