LSU is new No. 1 in Amway Coaches Poll after Alabama victory, while Minnesota joins top 10

Eddie Timanus


Published 12: 57 PM EST Nov 10, 2019

A college football weekend with several blockbuster matchups that lived up to their billing led to big changes in the Amway Coaches Poll, including a new No. 1 and a reshaped top 10.

LSU claimed the top position as expected, thanks to its win at Alabama. The Tigers received 55 of 64 first-place votes and assume the coaches’ No.-1 ranking for the first time since the 2012 preseason poll. The Crimson Tide were demoted to No. 4 and are sure to be the subject of much debate as the final playoff rankings draw closer.

Ohio State, meanwhile, vaulted to the No. 2 spot. The Buckeyes received five firsts and leapfrogged No. 3 Clemson, which retained four No. 1 nods. Georgia moved up a spot to round out the top five and Oregon climbed to No. 6.

The weekend’s other big winner was Minnesota. The Golden Gophers shot all the way up to No. 7, a gain of six places, after toppling then-No. 5 Penn State. That also represents Minnesota’s highest ranking since USA TODAY began administering the coaches poll in 1991. The Nittany Lions dropped to No. 11, while No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 9 Utah and No. 10 Baylor stayed put.

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No. 25 Indiana joined the rankings, the first appearance in the coaches poll for the Hoosiers since 1994. No. 23 Texas and No. 24 Appalachian State also moved back in.

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Wake Forest, Kansas State and San Diego State dropped out after losses.

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