Four Florida teams in AP Top 25 poll; Alabama firmly on top

Posted September 19, 2017

Penn State slipped ahead of Southern California for the No. 4 spot after the Nittany Lions dispatched Georgia State while the Trojans won a double-OT thriller against Texas.

After a memorable opening weekend in college football, the USA Today Amway Coaches Poll released Tuesday featured some shakeups near the top of its Top 25.

With the win, Vandy is 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 2011, James Franklin's first of three with the program. LSU barely hung on to the final spot in the rankings after an embarrassing home blowout.

Oklahoma remained steady in coaches poll behind Alabama and Clemson.

I flipped Oklahoma State and Ohio State in the eighth and ninth spots this week on the basis of the Cowboys' work at Pitt.

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Clemson has been ranked no lower than sixth in the AP poll since October 4, 2015, and has been ranked in the top five for 28 straight polls, the longest such active streak in the country. Clemson hopped over OU after a decisive victory at Louisville.

Just like that, Mississippi State is a top 25 team.

Georgia jumps into the 10th position this week and MI continues its rise on my ballot, moving up to 11th with a workmanlike win over Air Force.

Florida State (0-1), which didn't play for the second straight week due to the effects of Hurricane Irma, dropped one spot to No. 12.

K-State had a chance to tie the game late, but quarterback Jesse Ertz was stopped a yard short on a fourth-and-8 that originated from the Vandy 19-yard line. Miami 15. Auburn 16.