USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week Seven: Stanford, Georgia Clear Out

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A weekend of upsets allowed for the first real shaking of the Coaches’ Poll this week, as Stanford and Georgia’s exit from the top-12 makes room for some interesting story lines and for teams to move into contending position.

Florida State is up to No. 5 this week, while Miami and Baylor land safely inside the top-12, with everyone still chasing No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – October 13

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 1545 .997
2 Oregon Ducks 1485 .958
3 Ohio State Buckeyes 1406 .907
4 Clemson Tigers 1365 .881
5 Florida State Seminoles 1293 .834
6 Louisville Cardinals 1166 .752
7 Texas A&M Aggies 1156 .746
8 LSU Tigers 1098 .708
9 South Carolina Gamecocks 1024 .661
10 UCLA Bruins 999 .645
11 Miami Hurricanes 905 .584
12 Baylor Bears 890 .574

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week Six: Florida State’s Week To Move

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A blowout win did wonders for Florida State this week, vaulting the Seminoles from No. 8 to No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Interestingly, Alabama loses a little ground on the rest of the field this week, with Oregon gaining double the number of first-place votes as the week before, and watching teams like No. 4 Clemson and No. 3 Ohio State creep every closer to the top. With two more weekends before the first BCS rankings and one more weekend until the Harris Poll appears for the first time, the Coaches’ Poll is the one to watch for now.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – October 6

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 1544 .996
2 Oregon Ducks 1486 .959
3 Ohio State Buckeyes 1379 .890
4 Clemson Tigers 1356 .875
5 Stanford Cardinal 1327 .856
6 Florida State Seminoles 1188 .767
7 Georgia Bulldogs 1130 .729
8 Louisville Cardinals 1105 .713
9 Texas A&M Aggies 1067 .688
10 Oklahoma Sooners 964 .622
11 LSU Tigers 953 .615
12 South Carolina Gamecocks 833 .537

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week Five: Georgia Rises Fast

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Winning nationally televised SEC games often has this kind of impact on things…

Georgia reaps plenty of benefit in this week’s USA Today Coaches’ Poll after beating LSU on Saturday, moving from No. 10 to No. 6, while LSU falls from No. 6 to No. 11. Elsewhere in the poll, things are seemingly much unchanged, though Clemson is able to capture one first place vote, making it three teams — the Tigers, Alabama and Oregon — with that kind of support anywhere in the poll

Alabama, for its part, stays well ahead of the pack with a nearly perfect .997 vote share, but those few first-place votes it’s losing to Oregon and Clemson keep them from completing a clean sweep.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – September 29

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 1546 .997
2 Oregon Ducks 1479 .954
3 Ohio State Buckeyes 1397 .901
4 Clemson Tigers 1352 .872
5 Stanford Cardinal 1325 .855
6 Georgia Bulldogs 1148 .741
7 Louisville Cardinals 1147 .740
8 Florida State Seminoles 1129 .728
9 Texas A&M Aggies 1072 .691
10 Oklahoma Sooners 964 .622
11 LSU Tigers 931 .601
12 South Carolina Gamecocks 860 .555

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week Four: LSU Making Moves

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With favorites prevailing around the country, it was not difficult to predict a largely stagnant set of rankings come Sunday after week four.

And though not much changed, after a key victory over Auburn garnered a lot of national attention on a less than stellar weekend of matchups, LSU made the biggest move of the Coaches’ Poll week by leaping up a spot to No. 6. The Tigers jump Louisville, who suffer again from a weaker opponent (on which the Cardinals layed more than 70 points).

Elsewhere, Alabama lost two points, and two first-place votes, to Oregon, but remain well ahead of the Ducks.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – September 22

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 1547 .998
2 Oregon Ducks 1480 .955
3 Ohio State Buckeyes 1399 .903
4 Clemson Tigers 1332 .859
5 Stanford Cardinal 1312 .847
6 LSU Tigers 1161 .749
7 Louisville Cardinals 1140 .736
8 Florida State Seminoles 1121 .723
9 Texas A&M Aggies 1044 .674
10 Georgia Bulldogs 1020 .658
11 Oklahoma State Cowboys 909 .587
12 Oklahoma Sooners 863 .557

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week Three: Clemson, Louisville Rising

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Clemson and Stanford continue to trade blows in a variety of the available rankings early in the 2013 season, and in this week’s Coaches’ Poll, the story is no different.

Clemson leaps the Cardinal for the No. 4 spot during a week where not much else changed. Alabama’s victory over Texas A&M convinced all but one voter that they were the No. 1 team, as Oregon gets the lone other vote.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – September 15

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 1549 .999
2 Oregon Ducks 1477 .953
3 Ohio State Buckeyes 1398 .902
4 Clemson Tigers 1331 .859
5 Stanford Cardinal 1314 .848
6 Louisville Cardinals 1128 .728
7 LSU Tigers 1121 .723
8 Florida State Seminoles 1113 .718
9 Texas A&M Aggies 1033 .667
10 Georgia Bulldogs 1022 .659
11 Oklahoma State Cowboys 908 .586
12 Oklahoma Sooners 839 .541

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week Two: Oregon Vaults Ohio State to No. 2

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With early victories, pollsters are clearly taking a closer look at the teams they preordained to be the 2013 favorites, as Oregon leaps over previous No. 2 Ohio State to take the position directly behind Alabama in this week’s USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

Elsewhere, South Carolina’s exit from the top 10 gives Texas A&M, Louisville and LSU a chance to scoot up a few spots in the top-10.

Alabama’s vote share is unchanged, but Oregon climbs closer than Ohio State was last weekend. Explore it for yourself:

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – September 8

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 1545 .997
2 Oregon Ducks 1447 .934
3 Ohio State Buckeyes 1429 .922
4 Stanford Cardinal 1327 .856
5 Clemson Tigers 1307 .843
6 Texas A&M Aggies 1242 .801
7 Louisville Cardinals 1121 .723
8 LSU Tigers 1067 .688
9 Florida State Seminoles 1040 .671
10 Georgia Bulldogs 1021 .659
11 Oklahoma State Cowboys 866 .559
12 Michigan Wolverines 860 .555

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week One: Clemson Makes The Big Leap

Story to come.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – September 3

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 1545 .997
2 Ohio State Buckeyes 1444 .932
3 Oregon Ducks 1420 .916
4 Stanford Cardinal 1292 .834
5 Clemson Tigers 1275 .823
6 South Carolina Gamecocks 1220 .787
7 Texas A&M Aggies 1181 .762
8 Louisville Cardinals 1051 .678
9 Florida Gators 974 .628
10 Florida State Seminoles 946 .610
11 LSU Tigers 926 .597
12 Georgia Bulldogs 875 .565

Preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll: Alabama Favored to Repeat Again

The longest standing, largely unchanged vestige of the Bowl Championship Series, the USA Today Coaches’ Poll crowned Alabama as the preseason favorite to capture the final BCS title.

In the final season of the BCS the Crimson Tide will begin the season as the prohibitive favorites to ride the Coaches Poll, Harris Interactive Poll and computers into the final BCS title game before the system shuts down one last time.

Ohio State comes in at No. 2, taking three first-place votes to Alabama’s 58, while No. 6 Texas A&M grabs the last first-place tally. Oregon, Stanford and Georgia round out the top five.

Here we investigate the preseason poll by vote share, the statistic that the BCS will use to calculate the nation’s top teams during the last eight weeks of the college football year.

Preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll – August 1

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 1545 .996
2 Ohio State Buckeyes 1427 .921
3 Oregon Ducks 1397 .901
4 Stanford Cardinal 1262 .814
5 Georgia Bulldogs 1250 .806
6 Texas A&M Aggies 1215 .784
7 South Carolina Gamecocks 1136 .733
8 Clemson Tigers 1047 .675
9 Louisville Cardinals 1010 .652
10 Florida Gators 930 .600
11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 872 .563
12 Florida State Seminoles 844 .545

Harris Interactive Poll Week 14: Alabama gains support, but Notre Dame finishes the year on top

More to come, certainly.

Harris Interactive College Football Poll – December 2

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2866 .997
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 2765 .962
3 Oregon Ducks 2548 .886
4 Florida Gators 2480 .863
5 Georgia Bulldogs 2388 .831
6 Kansas State Wildcats 2332 .811
7 Stanford Cardinal 2142 .745
8 LSU Tigers 2128 .740
9 Texas A&M Aggies 1991 .693
10 South Carolina Gamecocks 1838 .639
11 Oklahoma Sooners 1745 .607
12 Florida State Seminoles 1655 .576

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week 14: Notre Dame finishes on top, Northern Illinois at No. 16

The tension is building.

Northern Illinois lands at No. 16 in the final regular season Coaches’ Poll, while key members of the BCS pack, UCLA (No. 19), Nebraska (No. 21) and Boise State (No. 15) pile around them.

Will it be enough? Stay tuned.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – December 2

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1470 .997
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 1417 .961
3 Oregon Ducks 1313 .890
4 Florida Gators 1287 .872
5 Georgia Bulldogs 1216 .824
6 Kansas State Wildcats 1190 .807
7 LSU Tigers 1111 .753
8 Stanford Cardinal 1047 .710
9 Texas A&M Aggies 1039 .704
10 South Carolina Gamecocks 947 .642
11 Oklahoma Sooners 890 .603
12 Florida State Seminoles 853 .578