Notre Dame moves up in USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll

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Notre Dame handled business against Southern Cal last night as the Irish took down the Trojans 31-16, their fourth-straight win in the historic season. Notre Dame was in control the majority of the night in their first of two-straight night games at Notre Dame Stadium.

The win paired with a few loses from both Penn State and Oklahoma State moved Notre Dame up from 13th a week ago to 11th in the latest edition of the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll.

The entire rankings are as follows as No. 2 Cincinnati is Notre Dame’s only 2021 opponent to crack this week’s rankings while Virginia showed up in the receiving votes section.

Full USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll:

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Change

1

Georgia

7-0

1,600 (64)

2

Cincinnati

7-0

1,469

+1

3

Alabama

7-1

1,439

+1

4

Oklahoma

8-0

1,430

-2

5

Ohio State

6-1

1,338

6

Michigan

7-0

1,313

7

Michigan State

7-0

1,208

8

Oregon

6-1

1,139

+2

9

Ole Miss

6-1

1,019

+3

10

Iowa

6-1

1,008

+1

11

Notre Dame

6-1

950

+2

12

Kentucky

6-1

857

+1

13

Wake Forest

7-0

838

+2

14

Texas A&M

6-2

736

+3

15

Oklahoma State

6-1

684

-6

16

SMU

7-0

535

+3

17

Penn State

5-2

517

-9

18

Baylor

6-1

509

+2

19

Pittsburgh

6-1

487

+4

20

San Diego State

7-0

431

+1

21

Auburn

5-2

418

+1

22

UT-San Antonio

8-0

219

+3

23

Iowa State

5-2

190

+3

24

Coastal Carolina

6-1

134

-8

25

North Carolina State

5-2

73

-7

Dropped from the rankings:

No. 24 Clemson

Others receiving votes:

UL Lafayette 42; Brigham Young 42; Arkansas 41; Houston 27; Arizona State 27; Virginia 23; Oregon State 13; Florida 13; Fresno State 10; Air Force 9; Appalachian State 5; Texas 3; Liberty 3; Utah 1

If Notre Dame can beat North Carolina next week a return to the top-ten would seem likely assuming Cincinnati remains unbeaten and at number-two because No. 6 Michigan and No. 7 Michigan State are set to square off in East Lansing.

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