The final USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for the month of September certainly looks a lot different from the first one.
About all that hasn’t changed is Alabama and Georgia continue to hold down the first two spots. Both the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs rolled to easy victories in Week 4, but bigger tests will be just around the corner for the SEC favorites.
Oregon moves up to No. 3, edging ahead of No. 4 Oklahoma after the Sooners had another close escape, this time against West Virginia. Iowa rounds out the top five, followed closely by Penn State.
The next two spots are held by No. 7 Notre Dame - which moves up three after beating Wisconsin - and No. 8 Cincinnati, who will square off head-to-head this week. Florida climbs back up to No. 9. Ohio State rounds out the top 10, finishing just ahead of hard-charging Arkansas.
The Razorbacks vault seven places to No. 11 after their second marquee win of the season against then-No. 5 Texas A&M. It is Arkansas’s highest position in the poll since the preseason poll of the 2012 season. The Aggies slip to No. 13 behind fellow SEC West contender Mississippi. Those two, coincidentally, will get their chances at the top-ranked Crimson Tide in the next two weeks.
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Clemson, which dropped its second game of the season to unranked North Carolina State, tumbles 11 places to No. 19. It is the first time the Tigers will be out of the top 10 since early in the 2015 season. But that team was on its way up en route to its first playoff appearance, while the current Tigers’ squad is headed in the other direction.
The final three places in the top 25 feature newcomers to the poll. No. 23 Kentucky heads the group, followed by Baylor and Wake Forest.
Iowa State, Wisconsin and North Carolina are the week’s dropouts.
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