Oklahoma State Plunges, USA TODAY’s Athletic Coaches Survey Top Sees Little Movement

The top eight in the US TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll remained the same as a week ago. Georgia continues to lead, with Ohio State, Tennessee and Michigan rounding out the top 4. Clemson and Alabama are at No. 5 and No. 6.

TCU is still the top-ranked Big 12 team, but behind them there was plenty of movement from their conference opponents. After dominating Oklahoma State, the Kansas State Wildcats jumped from 22nd place to 14th place. This week’s biggest falls include Oklahoma State and Wake Forest, both of whom dropped nine places. Mike Gundy’s Cowboys are now number 18.

UCF joined fellow American Athletic Conference member Tulane in this week’s rankings. Although they will soon be a Big 12 team, being ranked as a member of the Group of Five is always impressive.

The independent Liberty Flames also entered the rankings at No. 24. They are the only independent team in the top 25.

Cincinnati and South Carolina dropped out of the poll after their ninth-week losses. It’s easy to wonder if the Bearcats were last ranked as a member of the American Athletic Conference in the Coaches Poll.

Voters were friendly to Penn State. The Nittany Lions fell just three spots after losing to Ohio State, but some of the voters were outside the top 25.

Things are going badly in Lexington, Kentucky. Just a month ago, the Wildcats were #8 in the coaches’ poll. Now they’ve lost three of their last four, dropping to 24th place.

The Sooners are still not getting votes, and they shouldn’t be at this point in the season. However, if they beat Baylor this week, maybe we can talk about that.

Georgia Bulldogs

10/29/2022; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart and his teammates celebrate after defeating the Florida Gators at TIAA Bank Field. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 1

First place votes: 45

Ohio state horse chestnuts

10/29/2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud (7) shakes hands with fans after the conclusion of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Ohio State defeated Penn State 44-31. Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 2

Votes for first place: 13

Tennessee volunteers

10/29/2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, United States; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Dee Williams (3) returns a punt against the Kentucky Wildcats in the second half at Neyland Stadium. Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 3

Votes for first place: 5

Michigan Wolverines

10/29/2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States; Michigan Wolverines quarterback JJ McCarthy (9) rushes in the second half against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium. Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 4

Clemson Tiger

Clemson wide receiver Joseph Ngata (10) celebrates a catch against Wake Forest during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday September 24, 2022 in Winston-Salem, NC. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Last week: 5

Alabama Crimson Tide

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: June 6th

TCU Horned Frogs

10/29/2022; Morgantown, West Virginia, United States; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) runs the ball during the first quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 7

Oregon ducks

Oregon defenseman Christian Gonzalez stands on the field during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Last week: 8

USC Trojans

10/29/2022; Tucson, Arizona, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) plays against the Arizona Wildcats in the second half at Arizona Stadium. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 11

Ole Miss Rebels

10/29/2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Mississippi Rebels running back Quinshon Judkins (4) celebrates with quarterback Jaxson Dart (2) after a touchdown run against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second half at Kyle Field. Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 12

UCLA Bruins

10/29/2022; Pasadena, California, United States; UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly reacts on the sidelines during the second half against the Stanford Cardinal at the Rose Bowl. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 15

Utah Utes

10/27/2022; Pullman, Washington, USA; Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham sings the school fight song with his team after a game against the Washington State Cougars at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. Utah won 21-17. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 14

Illinois fights Ilini

LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 29: Illinois Fighting Illinois wide receiver Isaiah Williams #1 runs against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium on October 29, 2022 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Last week: 18

Kansas State Wildcats

10/29/2022; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Will Howard (18) takes the snap of center Hayden Gillum (55) against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the fourth quarter at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 22

Tar heels from North Carolina

10/29/2022; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States; North Carolina Tar Heels linebacker Cedric Gray (33) reacts in the fourth quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 21

Penn State Nittany Lions

10/29/2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Parker Washington (3) makes a catch as Ohio State defends Buckeyes safety Tanner McCalister (15) during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. Ohio State defeated Penn State 44-31. Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 13

LSU Tiger

Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 20

Oklahoma State Cowboys

10/29/2022; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) is released by Kansas State Wildcats defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah (91) in the fourth quarter at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 9

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

10/29/2022; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons defenseman Malik Mustapha (3) and defenseman Evan Slocum (14) take on Louisville Cardinals wide receiver Chris Bell (80) in the second half at Cardinal Stadium. Louisville won 48-21. Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 10

NC State wolf pack

10/27/2022; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack receiver Thayer Thomas (5) scores a touchdown in the second half against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Carter-Finley Stadium. The Wolf Pack won 22-21. Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 23

Tulane Green Wave

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Last week: 24

Syracuse Orange

Last week: 16

10/29/2022; Syracuse, New York, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Audric Estime (7) runs between Syracuse Orange defenseman Steve Linton (17) and linebacker Leon Lowery (16) in the fourth quarter at the JMA Wireless Dome. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

freedom flames

09/17/2022; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; Liberty Flames wide receiver Demario Douglas (3) runs with the ball after his catch against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the second half at Truist Field. James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: NO

Kentucky Wildcats

10/29/2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, United States; Tennessee Volunteers running back Jaylen Wright (20) runs the ball against Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Jordan Wright (15) in the first half at Neyland Stadium. Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Last week: 17

UCF Knight

UCF Knights running back Isaiah Bowser (5) and UCF Knights wide receiver Xavier Townsend (3) celebrate a touchdown by Bowser in the fourth quarter during a college football game against the Cincinnati Bearcats, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, at FBC Mortgage Stadium in Orlando, Fla. The UCF Knights defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats 25-21. © Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer/USA TODAY NETWORK

Last week: NO

fallen out

No. 19 Cincinnati; No. 25 South Carolina

Others get votes

State of Oregon 71; Maryland 64; Texas 55; Washington 52; Cincinnati 39; Coast Carolina 25; Baylor 14; Notre Dame 11; State of Boise 11; Louisville 10; Arkansas 10; South Carolina 9; State of Mississippi 8; Troy 6; Texas-San Antonio 4.

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