Top-ranked Alabama passed yet another test in its campaign for a third consecutive BCS championship. But while the Crimson Tide are still No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll, a couple of other schools are now getting consideration.
Alabama retained 59 of 62 first-place votes after whitewashing then-No.21 Mississippi 25-0. Second-ranked Oregon wasn't slowed by awful weather conditions or visiting California in a 55-16 romp. The Ducks received two No.1 votes, down one from a week ago. Ohio State outlasted then-No.24 Wisconsin 31-24 and held firm at No.3.
The final No.1 nod went to fourth-ranked Clemson. The Tigers easily dispatched Wake Forest 56-7, but the top nod might have been more influenced by Georgia's win against LSU. Clemson has been climbing steadily through the top 10 since its opening-day victory over the Bulldogs, who have since claimed a couple of high-profile wins themselves in SEC play.
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Stanford continues to hold down the No. 5 spot after taking care of Washington State.
Stock up: Georgia.
The Bulldogs' aforementioned 44-41 win in a thriller against LSU vaulted them up to the No. 6 spot. The gain of four positions was the biggest of the week. It also makes Georgia the highest-rated team with a loss.
Stock down: Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys' stunning loss at West Virginia sent them tumbling to No. 20, a loss of nine positions. That's the week's biggest drop within the poll.
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Stock up: Oklahoma.
The news wasn't all bad in the Sooner State. OU becomes the highest-ranked team in the Big 12 after its win at Notre Dame, climbing two places to No. 10.
Stock down: LSU.
All is not lost for the Tigers' SEC and national championship aspirations with Alabama and Texas A&M still on the slate. Wins in those games would mean a likely rematch with Georgia in the conference finale. But for now they take a dip in the rankings to No. 11, down five places.
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Stock up: Washington.
The Huskies' climb continues after handing Arizona its first loss. Washington gained two places to No. 18, finishing just a single poll point behind Michigan. A date at Stanford looms this week.
Stock down: Mississippi.
There's no shame in losing to No. 1, of course, but the Rebels couldn't quite hold on to a place in the top 25. They finished two points behind Nebraska for the last spot. Ole Miss and Virginia Tech, who top the list of others receiving votes, can both thank the Crimson Tide for their lone losses.
New kids on the block: No. 23 Northern Illinois, No. 24 Arizona State, No. 25 Nebraska.
College dropouts: Mississippi, Notre Dame, Wisconsin.
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