Alabama and Georgia remained 1-2 in the second regular-season poll, but No. 3 Ohio State tumbled six places to No. 9 after suffering a home defeat to Oregon. The Ducks, No. 12 a week ago, jumped eight spots to No. 4 after notching an impressive 35-28 victory in Columbus.
A panel of 52 FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers vote in the poll. Voters were selected to create a balanced geographical perspective and include CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove.
After Ohio State's defeat, Oklahoma moved into the third slot after dispatching Western Carolina. Iowa won an instate showdown against Iowa State and moved up seven spots to No. 6. Notre Dame dropped five spots to No. 12 after struggling to beat Toledo.
The rest of the poll had only minor changes, but two teams did drop out - USC and Texas. The Trojans were beaten by Stanford, and Texas lost on the road to Arkansas. Entering the poll for the first time this season are Virginia Tech and Ole Miss, tied at No. 15.
The SEC led all conferences with five teams, followed by the Big Ten with three and the Big 12, Pac-12 and ACC with two each. The American and Independents had one each.
First-place votes were the same as a week ago with Alabama receiving 46 of the 52 available and Georgia picking up the rest.
Congrove's ballot exactly echoed the consensus.
|7.||Texas A&M (2-0)||490||--||5|
|9.||Ohio State (1-1)||401||--||3|
|10.||Penn State (2-0)||359||--||10|
|12.||Notre Dame (2-0)||313||--||7|
|14.||Iowa State (1-1)||81||--||9|
|15.||Virginia Tech (2-0)||76||--||--|
Coastal Carolina (40), Wisconsin (38), Michigan (32), Arkansas (32), BYU (15), North Carolina (13), USC (7), UCF (7), Arizona State (6), Stanford (6), Auburn (4), TCU (4), Michigan State (3), Pittsburgh (2), Kentucky (2), Miami-FL (1), Liberty (1), Nevada (1).
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