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College Football Rankings, Week 10: Coaches' Poll Returns Alabama To Top Five And ACC To End-Of-Poll Logjam

First batch of college football polls is out, the USA Today Coaches' Poll. As expected, Oregon solidifies its No. 1 spot while Auburn overtakes Boise State at No. 2. Alabama takes advantage of losses by Missouri and Michigan State to return to the top five, and LSU creeps one spot closer to the top ten by doing the only sane thing it's done all year: take a week off.

South Carolina holds steady amid the muck of losses, while Arkansas slips a spot by dropping 555 yards on Vandy. Somehow, Virginia Tech remains ahead of Mississippi St. Not only did Virginia Tech not play this week, they also lost to James Madison. Mississippi St. meanwhile, took care of business against the Kentucky Wildcats. Explain that. 

Florida State drops from No. 16 to No. 24 after losing to NC State, while NC State itself turns up at No. 25. Baylor's victory over the 4-4 Texas Longhorns is somehow more impressive than the work done by NC State, as Baylor looks back at two-thirds of the ACC's representatives after sitting at No. 25 last week. The best team Baylor has beaten: Kansas State.

Among the also-considereds, the Maryland Terrapins, Miami Hurricanes, and Florida Gators somehow earned votes after beating Wake Forest, losing to Virginia, and snapping a three-game losing streak.

  1. Oregon Ducks
  2. Auburn Tigers
  3. Boise State Broncos
  4. TCU Horned Frogs
  5. Alabama Crimson Tide
  6. Utah Utes
  7. Wisconsin Badgers
  8. Ohio State Buckeyes
  9. Oklahoma Sooners
  10. Nebraska Cornhuskers
  11. LSU Tigers
  12. Stanford Cardinal
  13. Arizona Wildcats
  14. Missouri Tigers
  15. Michigan State Spartans
  16. Iowa Hawkeyes
  17. South Carolina Gamecocks
  18. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  19. Arkansas Razorbacks
  20. Virginia Tech Hokies
  21. Mississippi State Bulldogs
  22. Baylor Bears
  23. Nevada Wolf Pack
  24. Florida State Seminoles
  25. North Carolina State Wolfpack

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