LSU stays at No. 1, while Alabama falls to No. 9 in Amway Coaches Poll
With just one week remaining before postseason destinations are announced, the Amway Coaches Poll presages the debates sure to take place in the committee room in the coming days.
The top three teams will come as no surprise. LSU remains No. 1 heading into the SEC title game. The Tigers kept their record clean with a statement win against Texas A&M and received 43 of 64 first-place votes cast this week. Ohio State, every bit as impressive in subduing Michigan, retains the No. 2 spot with 17 firsts. Defending champ Clemson remains third following yet another dominant win, this one against in-state rival South Carolina, picking up the remaining four No. 1 nods.
Those teams in the next three positions will be the ones under scrutiny. Georgia for now is No. 4 heading into that date with LSU for the SEC crown. Utah checks in at No. 5 after clinching its place in the Pac-12 finale against No. 13 Oregon. No. 6 Oklahoma took care of business at Bedlam rival Oklahoma State. The Sooners have a rematch ahead with No. 8 Baylor in the Big 12 final, with the Bears hoping to avenge their lone loss. Florida, in the clubhouse at 10-2 after downing Florida State in its regular-season finale, climbs to No. 7.
Perhaps the most notable poll result is Alabama’s demotion to No. 9 following the Iron Bowl setback at Auburn. Now with two losses and out of the playoff mix, the Crimson Tide have their lowest poll position since October of 2015. Wisconsin, a winner at Minnesota to earn a rematch with Ohio State in the Big Ten title game, rounds out the top 10. Auburn moves up to No. 12 after the win against the Tide.
Virginia won a head-to-head showdown with Virginia Tech to win the ACC Coastal and a date with Clemson. As a result, the Cavaliers replace the Hokies in the poll, checking in at No. 22.
No. 25 Air Force also moves in after wrapping up a 10-2 regular season with a win against Wyoming. Oklahoma State falls out.