Coaches Poll top 25: Penn State, Ole Miss, BYU among teams making huge gains in college football rankings


Following its 28-20 win over Auburn at home on Saturday evening in front of a White Out crowd, Penn State rose from No. 12 to No. 8 in the rankings to shake up the top 10 of the latest Coaches Poll. And despite playing Alabama exceptionally close in a 31-29 loss, Florida fell from No. 9 to No. 11 in the rankings. The Crimson Tide held on to 64 first-place votes while No. 2 Georgia received the lone other first-place nod. 

Across the country, Fresno State entered the rankings for the first time since 2018 after quarterback Jake Haener threw a late touchdown against No. 13 UCLA to pull off a major upset. The Bulldogs also earned credibility for playing Oregon within a touchdown in Week 1 and enter Mountain West play as a team to beat. However, the Bulldogs still rank one spot behind the Bruins despite beating them. 

Down the list, Ole Miss jumped three spots in the rankings after dropping 61 points on Tulane. BYU jumped up to No. 16 after beating Arizona State in a physical football game. Conversely, the Sun Devils fell out of the rankings. No. 15 Virginia Tech also dropped out after failing to come from behind against rival West Virginia. 

Check out the full Coaches Poll below. First-place votes in parenthesis. 

  1. Alabama (64)
  2. Georgia (1)
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Oregon
  5. Texas A&M
  6. Iowa
  7. Clemson
  8. Penn State
  9. Cincinnati
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Florida
  12. Ohio State
  13. Ole Miss
  14. Iowa State
  15. Wisconsin
  16. BYU
  17. Coastal Carolina
  18. Arkansas
  19. Michigan
  20. North Carolina
  21. Michigan State
  22. Oklahoma State
  23. Auburn
  24. UCLA
  25. Fresno State

Others receiving votes: Liberty 80; Kentucky 69; TCU 50; Virginia Tech 49; Texas 42; USC 41; San Diego State 41; Kansas State 40; Memphis 27; Boston College 27; Maryland 26; Arizona State 26; Louisiana State 25; Wake Forest 22; West Virginia 19; Louisiana 17; Baylor 13; Army 12; SMU 8; Nevada 7; Stanford 6; UCF 6; Utah State 2; Tennessee 2; Rutgers 2; UTSA 1; Miami 1.

Schools dropped out: No. 15 Virginia Tech, No. 21 Arizona State

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