Clemson moves into No. 1 spot after weekend of upsets
A wild Week 13 in college football set up what figures to be the most intriguing conference championship weekend of the College Football Playoff era.
If the Amway Coaches Poll is any indication, there are going to be some spirited debates in the committee room.
Clemson will enter the final regular-season weekend as the No. 1 team in the poll, but the Tigers are anything but a consensus choice.
They were voted first on 25 of 62 ballots cast this week as they prepare to defend their Atlantic Coast Conference title.
Oklahoma narrowly edged Wisconsin to claim the No. 2 position. The Sooners received 12 first-place votes to the Badgers’ 21 but overall had eight more poll points.
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Stock up: Auburn. The Tigers, who caused the big shakeup by upending formerly top-ranked Alabama, is No. 4 this week, up from sixth, and received four No. 1 votes. The Crimson Tide fell to the No. 5 position, just three points ahead of No. 6 Georgia, which will face Auburn in a rematch for the SEC title next week.Stock down: Miami (Fla.). Following their loss at Pittsburgh, the Hurricanes tumbled from the second spot into a tie for seventh with Ohio State. They have to regroup quickly with the ACC finale against Clemson on tap.
Stock up: Central Florida. UCF’s thrilling win against South Florida on Friday leaves the Knights as the only unbeaten team other than Wisconsin in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
That distinction earned them only a one-spot promotion in the poll, however, as they now stand at No. 11 just behind Penn State.
Stock down: Notre Dame. The late collapse by the Fighting Irish at Stanford resulted in an eight-position decline to No. 17.
Stock up: Stanford. It was a good night all around for the Cardinal, who moved up five places to No. 15 after defeating the Irish.
Thanks to Washington’s Apple Cup victory, Stanford also gets another shot at No. 9 Southern California in the Pac-12 title game.
Stock down: Washington State. The Cougars, on the short end of the rivalry showdown at Washington, saw their league title hopes slip away and took a seven-spot plunge to No. 22.
New kids on the block: No. 25 San Diego State.
College dropouts: Boise State.