The first top-10 shake-up in more than a month pushed Coastal Carolina to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday.
Alabama was a No. 1, followed by Notre Dame, Ohio State, Clemson and Texas A&M, as those teams held their spots for the sixth straight week.
The surprise losses to Florida and Miami led to the rest of the top 10. no. 6 Cincinnati and No. 7 Indiana were ranked one each and No. 8 Iowa State made two jumps.
Then came the unbeaten chantlist (11–0) of the first Sun Belt conference team to break into the AP’s top 10.
Georgia landed at No. 11 ahead of No. 11 Florida. The Gators dropped five spots after losing LSU in a bizarre and dramatic manner in the fog on Saturday night.
Miami dropped 10 places to 19 after being blown up by North Carolina. The Tar Heels dropped from four places to 16th.
Alabama is now ranked in 211 consecutive elections, polluting the state of Florida (1989–2001) for the second time.
The Crimson Tide will likely come in second place after the Southeastern Conference Championship game next week. To pass Nebraska’s record of 34 consecutive elections from 1981-2002, Alabama would need eight more seasons in the top 25.
In and out
This epidemic-altered season has helped create some opportunities for teams that haven’t been ranked in some time – or earlier, like Coastal Carolina – to come in the top 25.
No. 25 San Jose State debuts this week. The Spartans improved 6–0 and earned a spot in the Mountain West title game for the first time with a second-half rally Friday night against Nevada.
The last time San Jose State was ranked in 2012 was when the Spartans moved up the rankings after completing the regular season and finished 21st in the final voting.
Also back in the rankings was No. 24 North Carolina State (8-3). The Wolfpack finished its season last week.
The falls were Colorado, which lost for the first time this season, and Wisconsin, which lost for the third time and finally got the boot.
ACC – 5 (Nos. 2, 4, 16, 19, 24)
SEC – 4 (Nos. 1, 5, 10, 11).
Big Ten – 4 (No. 3, 7, 15, 18).
Large 12 – 3 (Nos. 8, 12, 21).
American – 2 (Nos. 6, 20).
Sun Belt – 2 (No. 9, 17).
Pac-12 – 1 (No. 13).
MAC – 1 (No. 23).
Mountain West – 1 (No. 25).
Independent – 2 (No. 14, 22).
Nine out of 10 FBS Conference championship games will have at least one ranked team, and six APs will match the top 25 teams. The conference is the United States of America with only one venue.
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 11 Florida, SEC Championship.
No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 4 Clemson, ACC Championship.
No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Northwestern, Big Ten Championship.
No. 6 in Cincinnati, No. 20 Tulsa, American Championship.
No. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 12 Oklahoma, Big 12 Championship.
No. 17 Louisiana-Lafayette no. 9 Coastal Carolina, Sun Belt Championship.
Washington No. 13 Southern California, Pac-12 Championship.
No. 23 Buffalo vs. Ball State, MAC Championship.
Boise State vs. No. 25 San Jose State, Mountain West Championship.