Clemson stays at No. 2 in Coaches Poll


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Clemson stays at No. 2 in Coaches Poll

With two weeks left until college football's Selection Sunday, the top-six stayed the same again in the Coaches Poll.

No. 1 Alabama (50-17 over Citadel) and No. 2 Clemson (35-6 over Duke) overcame slow starts to leave no doubt of their top-two rankings. Notre Dame took a big step toward its first Playoff berth with a 36-3 win over No. 12 Syracuse. No. 4 Michigan held serve by pulling away late from Indiana, 31-20. Both No. 5 Georgia (66-27 over UMass) and No. 6 Oklahoma (55-40 over Kansas) had some defensive issues.

Knocking on the door of that top group are Washington State at No. 7, followed by LSU, UCF and Ohio State, which dropped two spots desite an overtime win at Maryland.

Coastal Division champion Pittsburgh entered the top-25 at No. 25 this week after improving to 7-4. Syracuse fell back to No. 19 and Boston College fell out after a loss at Florida State.

Coaches Poll - 11/18

RANK TEAM RECORD

1 Alabama 11-0 (63)

2 Clemson 11-0 (1)

3 Notre Dame 11-0

4 Michigan 10-1

5 Georgia 10-1

6 Oklahoma 10-1

7 Washington State 10-1

8 Louisiana State 9-2

9 Central Florida 10-0

10 Ohio State 10-1

11 Texas 8-3

12 West Virginia 8-2

13 Florida 8-3

14 Penn State 8-3

15 Utah State 10-1

16 Washington 8-3

17 Utah 8-3

18 Kentucky 8-3

19 Syracuse 8-3

20 Mississippi State 7-4

21 Northwestern 7-4

22 Boise State 9-2

23 Fresno State 9-2

24 Army 9-2

25 Pittsburgh 7-4

Schools Dropped Out

No. 18 Iowa State, No. 20 Cincinnati, No. 22 Boston College, No. 25 UAB.

Others Receiving Votes

Iowa State 85; Cincinnati 74; Texas A&M 57; NC State 51; Wisconsin 32; Missouri 27; Boston College 22; Auburn 20; Appalachian State 18; Troy 16; UAB 12; Iowa 12; Georgia Tech 10; Duke 7; Oklahoma State 3; Virginia 2; South Carolina 1; Buffalo 1; Georgia Southern 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; Herm Edwards, Arizona State; Luke Fickell, Cincinnati; Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M; Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern; 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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