While it’s true that there are no such things as style points in football, it’s also true that sometimes scoreboard points — or the difference thereupon — can translate into poll points.
All this is to say that Clemson has regained the No. 2 ranking in the Amway Coaches Poll it held at the start of the season, thanks to a dominant performance on Saturday.
Alabama is still No. 1, of course, after a hard-fought 10-0 win at then-No. 14 LSU. The Crimson Tide received all but two of the 64 first-place votes from the panel.
The Tigers picked up the other two, one more than a week ago, and edge ahead of Michigan for the second position. After a number of close victories, the Tigers whitewashed Syracuse 54-0. Though the Wolverines looked just as dominant in their win against Maryland, Clemson reversed last week’s four–point margin in the voting. Washington, an easy winner at California, retains the No. 4 spot. Ohio State, a 62-3 winner against then-No. 10 Nebraska, earned some respect as well, edging ahead of Louisville for the No. 5 spot.
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Stock up: Auburn. The Tigers of the Plains now stand as the last probable test for the top-ranked Crimson Tide. Auburn was able to stave off a stiff challenge from Vanderbilt and gains four poll position to No. 8.
Stock down: Baylor. It’s somewhat surprising that the Bears are still ranked at all after TCU hung 62 points on them on Baylor’s home field. The No. 25 Bears are down 12 places and are far removed from their sixth-place tie of a mere two weeks ago.
Stock up: Penn State. The Nittany Lions are the biggest movers of the week following a convincing home win against Iowa. They jump nine slots to No. 14.
Stock down: Texas A&M. The Aggies’ stunning upset at the hands of Mississippi State only knocked them down four spots to No. 11, but their chances of winning any share of the SEC West is all but gone.
Stock up: West Virginia. It was only Kansas, but the Mountaineers got the bounce-back win they were hoping for as they climb back into the top 10, a gain of five positions.
Stock down: Florida. The Gators might still win the SEC East, but their loss at Arkansas damaged their playoff hopes. They tumble seven spots to No. 16.