The Amway college football coaches poll was released on Sunday. For the third week in a row, the Mississippi State Bulldogs are the No.1 ranked team. Behind Dak Prescott and Josh Robinson’s monster game, the Bulldogs defeated the Kentucky Wildcats by 14 points on the road. It was enough to hold off the reigning national champs in this week’s poll.
Florida State remained at No.2, only 20 points behind Mississippi State. The Seminoles have 21 first place votes and seemed to gain some ground during their bye week. Florida State has a chance to captivate the nation this week ,when they face Louisville, on the road.
Alabama moved up one spot to No.3. The Crimson Tide replaced previously unbeaten Ole Miss. Although the Rebels beat Alabama a couple of weeks ago, the coaches thought to drop Ole Miss all the way to No.9.
The Auburn Tigers struggled with the South Carolina Gamecocks, but their win was strong enough to push the Tigers up two spots to No.4. Auburn jumped Michigan State, who remained No.5. Apparently, struggling against a four loss team from the SEC is better than demolishing a five loss team from the Big 10.
The Oregon Ducks moved up one spot to No.6, while Notre Dame jumped up to No.7. The Ducks played their game on Friday night in which Marcus Mariota threw for five touchdowns. The Fighting Irish were on a bye week.
The Georgia Bulldogs were also idle, as they prepare for their game against Florida on Saturday. The Bulldogs moved up to No.8, one spot ahead of aforementioned Ole Miss.
TCU had the most impressive offensive showing on Saturday, and they stayed put at No.10. The Horned Frogs dropped 82 points on Texas Tech, and they just might be the best team in college football.
The Ohio State Buckeyes dropped one spot after beating Penn State in double overtime. The Buckeyes surrendered a 17 point lead before coming back to win. They are now the No.13 team in the coaches poll.
LSU is the highest rated two loss team in the country. The Tigers moved up six spots to No.17. With the win over Ole Miss, LSU stayed alive for the SEC West title.
A couple of other teams dropped after winning close games this week. East Carolina also dropped two spots in the coaches poll. The Pirates are the No.19 team, but still find themselves four spots higher than undefeated and No.23 ranked Marshall.
Duke and UCLA are the only teams to move into the polls, taking the place of USC and Minnesota. The Bruins struggled to defeat Colorado in double overtime as well.
SEC (6) teams in poll
Big 12 (5) teams in poll
PAC-12 (5) teams in poll
Big 10 (3) teams in poll
ACC (3) teams in poll
The Week 9 coaches poll Top 25:
1. Mississippi State (41)
2. Florida State (21)
5. Michigan State
7. Notre Dame
9. Ole Miss
11. Kansas State
13. Ohio State
14. Arizona State
19. East Carolina
22. West Virginia