The final Granthshala Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for the month of September certainly looks a lot different from the first one.
What hasn’t changed is that Alabama and Georgia remain the first two places. Both the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs took easy wins in Week 4, but the big tests for the SEC favorite will be just around the corner.
Oregon jumps to No. 3, followed by Sooners overtaking No. 4 Oklahoma another close escape, this time against West Virginia. Iowa dropped out of the top five, followed by Penn State.
The next two spots are occupied by No. 7 Notre Dame – which goes up three after beating Wisconsin – and No. 8 Cincinnati, who will go head-to-head this week. Florida climbs back to No. 9. Ohio State rounds out the top 10, just ahead of hard-charging Arkansas.
Razorbacks move up seven places to 11th behind Vault Second marquee win of the season Against then – no. 5 Texas A&M. This is Arkansas’ highest ranking since the 2012 season’s presidential poll. The Eggies slipped past SEC West’s mate Mississippi to number 13. Incidentally, they will both get a chance at the top-ranked Crimson Tide in the next two weeks.
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Clemson, who dropped his second game of the season to North Carolina State without a rank, dropped 11 places to number 19. This is the first time the Tigers will be outside the top 10 since the start of the 2015 season. But that team was on its way to its first playoff appearance, while the current Tigers are heading in the other direction.
The last three places in the top 25 include newcomers to the polls. Number 23 heads the Kentucky group, followed by Baylor and Wake Forest.
Iowa State, Wisconsin and North Carolina are the dropouts of the week.