Huskers leapfrog TCU, now #4

The new Coaches poll is out, and the fear by those schools not in BCS conferences of being leapfrogged, even after a win, proves justified for the second week in a row. Now it's Nebraska who jumps one. Add the loss of No. 1 Alabama, the Big Red move from #6 to #4 in the country.

One might have expected a drop of around three to four spots for Alabama, which lost to #19 South Carolina yesterday. But seven spots was probably more than most might have thought. Down to #8 the Tide find themselves while South Carolina moved up to #12.  

As expected, Ohio State moves into the top spot, and Oregon moves up to #2. Boise State managed to keep their position behind the Buckeyes and Ducks as they move up to #3. But TCU, which was at #5 last week, remains so as the Huskers leapfrog them into the #4 spot, and the Big Red now have their first, first-place votes of the year with two.  

The Sooners which were sitting right behind Nebraska in last week's poll at #7, moved up one spot to #6. Auburn sat behind the Sooners last week at #8 and have likewise moved up to #7, right above Bama, that had its nation-leading winning streak of 19 come to a halt against the South Carolina Gamecocks.  

Despite beating #12 Florida in "The Swamp" this last weekend, LSU, which went into the weekend ranked #9, remains so, while Florida has dropped 10 spots to #22.  

Miami went into the weekend ranked #14 while Florida State was at #24. But following the drubbing the ‘Noles put on the Canes, "The U" took a swan dive out of the poll entirely while FSU now finds itself up seven spots to #17.  

New additions to the coaches poll this week are Air Force (#23) and West Virginia (#25). Air Force was ranked last week on the AP poll, but hadn't made it on the Coaches Poll until after their 49-27 pasting of Colorado State this last weekend. West Virginia made it in off their 49-10 win over UNLV.  

Following their loss at home to Michigan State, the Wolverines went from #17 to #24 while the Spartans went up five spots – going from #16 to #11.  

Another big mover in the wrong direction was Arizona, which lost to Oregon State over the weekend. That took the Wildcats from #11 down to #20.  

Stanford went back up three spots after their thrilling win at home over USC. The Cardinal went from #18 to #15. Missouri trounced Colorado, and now find themselves in the top 20, going from #22 to #19.  

Wisconsin also climbed three notches, going from #19 to #16 off their convincing win over Minnesota.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 football coaches poll, total points based on 25
points for first place through one point for 25th and ranking in last week's poll.


Oct. 10, 2010
Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Last week's ranking
1.
6-0
1,455
2
2.
Oregon (6)
6-0
1,388
3
3.
5-0
1,335
4
4.
5-0
1,272
6
5.
TCU (1)
6-0
1,213
5
6.
5-0
1,193
7
7.
6-0
1,060
8
8.
5-1
1,029
1
9.
LSU
6-0
1,021
9
10.
5-0
940
10
11.
Michigan State
6-0
838
16
12.
4-1
835
20
13.
4-1
780
13
14.
4-1
710
15
15.
5-1
618
18
16.
5-1
542
19
17.
Florida State
5-1
496
24
18.
Oklahoma State
5-0
478
21
19.
5-0
434
22
20.
4-1
367
11
21.
Nevada
6-0
329
23
22.
Florida
4-2
242
12
23.
5-1
151
NR
24.
Michigan
5-1
137
17
25.
West Virginia
4-1
88
NR
 
Dropped out
No. 14 Miami (Fla.) (3-2, lost to then-No. 24 Florida State 45-17),
No. 25 Northwestern (5-1, lost to Purdue 20-17).
Others receiving votes
Miami (Fla.) (3-2) 66; North Carolina State (5-1) 41; Texas (3-2) 31;
Oregon State (3-2) 30; Virginia Tech (4-2) 24; Northwestern (5-1) 23;
Mississippi State (4-2) 7; Maryland (4-1) 2.

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