Week 5: games played through OCTOBER 2, 2021
|TEAM||POINTS||FIRST-PLACE VOTES||LAST WEEK’S RANK|
|4.||Penn State (5-0)||674||5|
|8.||Ohio State (4-1)||440||11|
|11.||Michigan State (5-0)||292||15|
|13.||Oklahoma State (5-0)||171||N/A|
|14.||Notre Dame (4-1)||153||8|
|16.||Coastal Carolina (5-0)||115||N/A|
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Florida (58), Ole Miss (57), Auburn (40), Wake Forest (40), Texas(22), Fresno State (13), Stanford (8), Kansas State (6), SMU (5), NC State (4), Arizona State (4), USC (3), Mississippi State (2), Clemson (2), Appalachian State (1), Iowa State (1).
Alabama and Georgia remained 1-2, but Georgia, after shutting out Arkansas, picked up seven first-place votes on Alabama as the teams once again split the 52 first-place votes.
Oregon, No. 3 a week ago, dropped six places to No. 9 after losing to Stanford. Another big drop, from No. 8 to No. 14, occurred with Notre Dame after the Fighting Irish fell to Cincinnati. No. 3. Iowa and No. 4 Penn State each moved up a slot and will meet this Saturday in Iowa City in a Big Ten showdown of unbeatens. Michigan jumped up six spots to No. 7 after winning at Wisconsin.
Three SEC teams fell completely out of the poll after suffering losses to conference foes: Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Florida. They were replaced by Kentucky, Oklahoma State and Coastal Carolina–all first-time teams in the poll this season.
The Big Ten leads all conferences with five teams, followed by the SEC with four, the Big 12 and Independents with two each. The American, Pac-12 and Sun Belt had one each.
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE:
No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M
No. 2 Georgia at Auburn
No. 4 Penn State at No. 3 Iowa
Temple at No. 5 Cincinnati (Friday)
No.6 Oklahoma vs. Texas (Dallas)
No.. 7 Michigan at Nebraska
Maryland at No. 8 Ohio State
No. 9 Oregon is idle
Boise State at No.10 BYU
No. 11 Michigan State at Rutgers
LSU at No. 12 Kentucky
No. 13 Oklahoma State is idle
No. 14 Notre Dame at Virginia Tech
No. 15 Arkansas at Mississippi
No. 16 Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State (Thursday)
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