Clemson makes return to No. 2 in Coaches Poll

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Clemson makes return to No. 2 in Coaches Poll

Clemson returned to where it started the season in Sunday’s Coaches Poll.

Upsets in recent weeks and dominant ACC efforts have cleared the way for a No. 2 spot in the poll behind Alabama. The new top-5 is Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, LSU and Michigan.

This week’s top-5 upset victim was former No. 2 Ohio State, which allowed four fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 49-20 loss at unranked Purdue.

NC State held on to a No. 22 ranking and Miami slipped back into the top-25, at No. 25, after a bye week.

USA TODAY Top 25 - 10/21


1 Alabama 8-0 (60 first-place votes)

2 Clemson 7-0 (2)

3 Notre Dame 7-0

4 Louisiana State 7-1

5 Michigan 7-1

6 Georgia 6-1

7 Texas 6-1

8 Oklahoma 6-1

9 Ohio State 7-1

10 Central Florida 7-0

11 Florida 6-1

12 West Virginia 5-1

13 Washington 6-2

14 Kentucky 6-1

15 Washington State 6-1

16 Penn State 5-2

17 Texas A&M 5-2

18 Iowa 6-1

19 Wisconsin 5-2

20 South Florida 7-0

21 Oregon 5-2

22 NC State 5-1

23 Stanford 5-2

24 Utah 5-2

25 Miami 5-2

Schools Dropped Out

No. 21 Cincinnati, No. 25 Colorado.

Others Receiving Votes

Appalachian State 78; Utah State 63; San Diego State 62; Cincinnati 30; Houston 30; Fresno State 22; Mississippi State 18; Virginia 17; Auburn 13; Buffalo 9; Colorado 9; Texas Tech 8; Army 8; Duke 8; Purdue 7; UAB 6; South Carolina 5; Virginia Tech 4; Syracuse 3; Georgia Southern 2; Michigan State 1.

List of Voters

The Amway Board of Coaches is made up of 65 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association. The board for the 2018 season: Blake Anderson, Arkansas State; Major Applewhite, Houston; Dino Babers, Syracuse; Mike Bloomgren, Rice; John Bonamego, Central Michigan; Terry Bowden, Akron; Jeff Brohm, Purdue; Neal Brown, Troy; Troy Calhoun, Air Force; Rod Carey, Northern Illinois; Bill Clark, Alabama-Birmingham; Dave Clawson, Wake Forest; Geoff Collins, Temple; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Bob Davie, New Mexico; Butch Davis, Florida International; Dana Dimel, Texas-El Paso; DJ Durkin, Maryland; Herm Edwards, Arizona State; Luke Fickell, Cincinnati; Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M; P.J. Fleck, Minnesota; James Franklin, Penn State; Willie Fritz, Tulane; Scott Frost, Nebraska; Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech; Turner Gill, Liberty; Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State; Bryan Harsin, Boise State; Clay Helton, Southern California; Tom Herman, Texas; Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia; Mike Jinks, Bowling Green; Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech; Brad Lambert, Charlotte; Mike Leach, Washington State; Lance Leipold, Buffalo; Tim Lester, Western Michigan; Seth Littrell, North Texas; Rocky Long, San Diego State; Chad Lunsford, Georgia Southern; Mike MacIntyre, Colorado; Gus Malzahn, Auburn; Doug Martin, New Mexico State; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Jeff Monken, Army; Dan Mullen, Florida; Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; Jay Norvell, Nevada; Barry Odom, Missouri; Ed Orgeron, LSU; Gary Patterson, TCU; Chris Petersen, Washington; Bobby Petrino, Louisville; Nick Saban, Alabama; Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State; Kirby Smart, Georgia; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Charlie Strong, South Florida; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Jeff Tedford, Fresno State; Kyle Whittingham, Utah; Everett Withers, Texas State.

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