There were a few close calls, but in the end the results from Week 7 didn’t produce much change on the top tier of the Amway Coaches Poll.
The first 10 teams remain the same, with Alabama easily retaining the No. 1 spot after its decisive win at Tennessee. The Crimson Tide claimed 61 of 64 first-place votes this week.
Ohio State, which had to work overtime to get out of Wisconsin with a win, held on to the No. 2 position with two No. 1 votes. The voters were kind to the Badgers, however, who stayed put in the No. 10 spot despite the loss.
Third-ranked Clemson also needed overtime, as well as a missed field goal at the end of regulation, to escape North Carolina State at home. But though the Tigers lost some ground to No. 4 Michigan, they kept their lone first-place vote and didn’t lose any spots in the rankings.
TOP 25: Amway Coaches Poll
Stock up: West Virginia. The Mountaineers passed their first major road test of the Big 12 schedule with flying colors as they dominated Texas Tech to stay unbeaten. They check in this week at No. 13, up five positions.
Stock down: Tennessee. Since the Vols’ loss to Alabama came by a 49-10 margin, they took a much bigger hit to their ranking than Wisconsin. Tennessee slides eight places to No. 19.
Stock up: Arkansas. The Razorbacks outlasted Ole Miss in a wild finish and gain five positions to No. 17 this week.
Stock down: Mississippi. On the short end of that result, the Rebels slip to No. 22 but stay in the poll despite three losses to highly-ranked squads.
Stock up: Oklahoma. The Sooners continue to regain lost ground from their two early losses. Their latest triumph against Kansas State helped them move up four places to No. 16.
Stock down: The Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC lost two teams from the top 25 this week, both from the Coastal Division, with Virginia Tech and Miami (Fla.) dropping out. The league gets one back, however, with the return of North Carolina after its win against the Hurricanes.
New kids on the block: No. 21 North Carolina, No. 24 Auburn, No. 25 Navy.
College dropouts: Virginia Tech, Miami (Fla.), Arizona State.