Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein runs past West Virginia linebacker Josh Francis on his way to scoring a touchdown Saturday
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Things are getting crowded at the top - or at least close to it.
Alabama remains the unanimous No. 1 team in the USA TODAY Sports coaches poll, but the battle for the all-important No. 2 spot is becoming more competitive by the week.
For the moment, Oregon still holds the position. The Ducks picked up 50 of 59 second-place votes after handling its first true road test of the season Thursday night at then-No. 24 Arizona State.
But eight of the remaining No. 2 nods went to Florida after the Gators dominated then No. 8 South Carolina. The Gators overtook Kansas State by three poll points for the No. 3 slot, and they are likely to hold on to the No.2 ranking in the BCS standings, due out Sunday evening.
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K-State, despite a dominant win of its own at then-No. 15 West Virginia and a Heisman-worthy performance by QB Collin Klein, claimed the remaining second-place vote but slipped a place to No. 4 in the poll.
Notre Dame, which staved off an upset bid from Brigham Young 17-14, held steady at No. 5 heading into next week's prime-time showdown at No. 7 Oklahoma.
LSU remained No. 6, and Southern California moved up a position to No. 8. Unbeaten Oregon State vaulted into the No. 9 spot ahead of No. 10 Florida State.
South Carolina fell eight places to No. 16, and West Virginia tumbled to No. 22. The week's dropouts in addition to Arizona State were Cincinnati, which sustained its first loss of the season on the road at Toledo, and TCU, which lost a triple-overtime thriller to No. 17 Texas Tech.
No. 23 Ohio makes its first appearance in the coaches poll since USA TODAY Sports took over its administration in 1991. The Bobcats had the weekend off but climbed into the rankings thanks to their 7-0 start. Ohio also becomes the first Mid-American Conference team to crack the top 25 since November 2010 when Northern Illinois was ranked. Also returning to the poll this week were No. 24 Texas and No. 25 Wisconsin.