There are statement wins, then there are emphatic declaration wins. Plenty of games fit those categories over the weekend, causing a lot of changes in the Amway Coaches Poll.
The top spot didn’t change, as Alabama rallied from a 21-point deficit to outlast Ole Miss 48-43. The Crimson Tide received 59 of the 63 first-place votes cast this week.
TOP 25: Amway Coaches Poll
But closing fast is Ohio State. The Buckeyes won convincingly at then-No. 14 Oklahoma and vaulted over Clemson into the No. 2 position. Ohio State picked up three No. 1 votes in the process, with Clemson claiming the last one.
Then there’s Louisville. The Cardinals’ 63-20 demolition of then-No. 2 Florida State helped them elevate their ranking all the way to No. 4. The climb of six positions moved Louisville ahead of five other top-10 teams that didn’t lose, headed by No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 Stanford and No. 7 Houston.
Stock up: Texas A&M. The Aggies continued their upward trajectory after a win at Auburn. They climbed seven places to No. 13.
Stock down: Florida State. The Seminoles were bound to take a tumble after being on the short end of Louisville’s dominant performance. FSU checks in at No. 14 this week.
Stock up: Florida. The Gators also picked up seven positions to No. 16 on the eve of their showdown with No. 12 Tennessee. Florida’s win against North Texas might have been a costly one, however, as quarterback Luke Del Rio left with an apparent knee injury.
Stock down: Texas. The Longhorns lost a high-scoring affair to California for a second consecutive year. They take an eight-position hit and fall to No. 24.
Stock up: Arkansas. The Razorbacks took care of business against Texas State and, taking advantage of an array of other results, gained six places to No. 18.
Stock down: Iowa. It perhaps speaks to the respect the voters have for FCS power North Dakota State that the Hawkeyes are still getting enough points to stay ranked at No. 25.
New kids on the block: No. 20 Nebraska, No. 21 TCU, No. 23 Utah.
College dropouts: Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Oregon.