Oklahoma moves up in latest USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll

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After falling back in the polls after a lackluster win over Tulane, the Oklahoma Sooners restored a little bit of confidence in the voters with their 76-0 drubbing of FCS Western Carolina.

In the latest USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll, the Sooners inched ahead to number three in the poll on the back of Spencer Rattler’s five-touchdown first-half performance on Saturday evening.

The Alabama Crimson Tide remains the number one team in the country and garnered 64 of the possible 65 first-place votes. Georgia, who remains number two, picked up the remaining first-place vote after their win.

Oregon climbed seven spots after their win over the previous no. 3 team in the country Ohio State. Texas fell out of the Top 25 after their double-digit point loss to Arkansas in a battle of future SEC foes. Arkansas was a big winner in the poll, climbing 20 spots to no. 24.

Iowa State dropped four spots in their loss to in-state rival Iowa and Oklahoma State moved up one spot after rallying to beat Tulsa.

The story of this week’s poll is the bottom falling out of Texas, Florida State, USC, and Utah, and Miami after some bad losses this week. USC fell to San Diego State and Florida State lost on a hail mary to Jacksonville State in the closing seconds. Utah lost an in-state matchup to future Big 12 member BYU and Miami beat Appalachian State but didn’t look good in the process.

Full USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll:

Rank

Team

Points

Change

1

Alabama

1,624

2

Georgia

1,558

3

Oklahoma

1,454

+1

4

Oregon

1,356

+7

5

Texas A&M

1,307

6

Clemson

1,279

7

Iowa

1,165

+5

8

Cincinnati

1,114

9

Florida

1,095

10

Notre Dame

1,059

-3

11

Ohio State

1,041

-8

12

Penn State

995

+1

13

UCLA

787

+3

14

Iowa State

611

-4

15

Virginia Tech

591

+6

16

Ole Miss

546

+4

17

Wisconsin

537

18

Coastal Carolina

492

+1

19

North Carolina

300

+3

20

Auburn

264

+6

21

Arizona State

246

+4

22

Oklahoma State

222

+1

23

BYU

213

+8

24

Arkansas

196

+20

25

Michigan

180

+2

Dropped from the rankings:

No. 14 Southern California; No. 15 Texas; No. 18 Utah; No. 24 Miami.

Others receiving votes:

Miami 137; Southern California 99; Central Florida 65; Michigan State 63; Liberty 63; Texas Christian 57; Pittsburgh 52; Kentucky 50; Utah 41; Texas 36; Kansas State 28; Indiana 28; Louisiana State 26; Boston College 22; Nevada 18; Fresno State 13; Southern Methodist 10; Rutgers 10; UL Lafayette 9; San Diego State 9; Mississippi State 9; Army 9; Tulane 6; Maryland 6; San Jose State 5; NC State 5; Virginia 4; Marshall 4; Stanford 3; Air Force 3; Texas-San Antonio 1; Memphis 1; Boise State 1.

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