By Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY Sports
The first marquee showdown of the 2013 college football season livedup to its billing, and its winner was rewarded with a top-five spot inthe new USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll on Tuesday.
Clemson's38-35 home victory against Georgia helped the Tigers vault into the No.5 position that had been occupied by the Bulldogs. It is Clemson'sfirst top-five appearance since October of 2000 when it held the No.4spot.
The top four teams remained the same with Alabama holdingsteady at No. 1. The Crimson Tide retained all 58 of the No.1 votes theyreceived in preseason balloting after a 35-10 win against Virginia Techin Atlanta.
Second-rankedOhio State maintained three No. 1 votes. Oregon stayed put at No.3after an easy tune-up against FCS member Nicholls State. Stanford, theonly top25 team not in action on opening weekend, remained fourth. TexasA&M retained the 62nd and final first-place vote, but the Aggieswere leapfrogged by both Clemson and South Carolina and slid a notch toNo. 7. Sunshine State rivals Florida and Florida State round out the top10.
Stock up: Florida State.
The splashy Monday night debutof freshman sensation Jameis Winston helped the Seminoles climb twoplaces to No.10. Most football fans in ACC country have had FSU's Oct.19 trip to Clemson circled on the calendar already, but now anation-wide audience is likely to take notice if the two front-runnerscome into Death Valley undefeated as expected.
Stock down: Georgia.
It was only a three-point loss in afrenzied road environment, but the Bulldogs tumbled seven places toNo.12 nonetheless. The slide was hastened by the lack of upsets in thetop 10. Georgia can start heading back in the other direction next weekif it can beat no.6 South Carolina at home.
Stock up: UCLA.
TheBruins join Clemson as the biggest movers of the week with theirthree-position gain to No.18. UCLA, a winner against Nevada, edged aheadof Nebraska, which needed to stave off a challenge from Wyoming.
Stock down: Notre Dame.
Throughno fault of their own, the Fighting Irish lost two positions and checkin at No.13 this week. Though Notre Dame took care of business againstTemple, it was supplanted in the No.11 slot by LSU, whose 10-point winvs. TCU was viewed more favorably by the voters.
Stock up: Northwestern.
Despitelosing two key offensive starters to injury early in the first half,the Wildcats overcame a determined California squad in Berkeley.Northwestern gained two spots to enter the top 20.
Stock down: TCU.
TheHorned Frogs weren't knocked out of the rankings completely. But theloss to LSU did cost them their top-20 preseason position. They held onto a 24th-place tie.
New kids on the block: No.23 Washington, No.24 Miami (Fla.)
College dropouts: Boise State, Oregon State.