Clemson ranked No. 2 in upset-filled week for Coaches Poll


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Clemson ranked No. 2 in upset-filled week for Coaches Poll

Clemson’s comfortable win at Georgia Tech wasn’t exactly the norm for ranked conference teams facing unranked foes this week.

The Tigers stayed at No. 2 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll on Sunday, while previous No. 10 Virginia Tech (49-35 at Old Dominion) and No. 25 Boston College (30-13 at Purdue) suffered double-digit losses - the Hokies hanging on to a No. 24 spot this week. Seven total ranked teams fell this week and three more joined the Hokies and Eagles in defeats to unranked teams.

The top-nine stayed unchanged this week with Alabama then Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, LSU, Notre Dame and Penn State.

Duke debuted at No. 23 this week thanks to its 4-0 start. Upcoming opponent and also 4-0 Syracuse checked in at 28th in overall votes received.

USA TODAY Coaches Poll - 9/23

RANK TEAM RECORD
1 Alabama 4-0 (61 first place votes)
2 Clemson 4-0 (2)
3 Georgia 4-0
4 Ohio State 4-0 (1)
5 Oklahoma 4-0
6 Louisiana State 4-0
7 Stanford 4-0
8 Notre Dame 4-0
9 Penn State 4-0
10 Auburn 3-1
11 Washington 3-1
12 West Virginia 3-0
13 Wisconsin 3-1
14 Central Florida 3-0
15 Michigan 3-1
16 Miami 3-1
17 Kentucky 4-0
18 Michigan State 2-1
19 Mississippi State 3-1
20 Oregon 3-1
21 Oklahoma State 3-1
22 Texas 3-1
23 Duke 4-0
24 Virginia Tech 2-1
25 Boise State 2-1

Schools Dropped Out
No. 17 Texas Christian, No. 22 Texas A&M, No. 25 Boston College.

Others Receiving Votes
Brigham Young 141; South Florida 113; Syracuse 83; Colorado 73; Texas Christian 67; NC State 61; Texas Tech 56; South Carolina 52; California 38; Washington State 34; Florida 29; Texas A&M 29; Appalachian State 25; Iowa 23; Cincinnati 22; North Texas 17; Missouri 14; Maryland 9; Boston College 8; Arizona State 8; Southern California 8; San Diego State 6; Troy 5; Army 4; Arkansas State 3; Virginia 3; Utah 2; Buffalo 2.

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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