With just one true marquee game and more than a third of the Top 25 taking the week off, there wasn’t much change anticipated in the Amway Coaches Poll. That was indeed the case this week, as the top five stayed put followed by a bit of shuffling in the top 10.
Alabama and LSU remain No. 1 and 2, respectively, on the eve of their head-to-head showdown. The Crimson Tide received 37 of 65 first-place votes this week while 11 panelists put the Bayou Bengals first. Clemson, which rolled past FCS member Wofford, narrowly held on to the No. 3 spot with nine firsts. The Tigers finished three poll points ahead of No. 4 Ohio State, which claimed the remaining eight No. 1 nods.