Georgia still No. 1; USC, Mississippi enter top 10

Week 9 was all about survival for the primary playoff contenders. As a result, the top eight teams in USA TODAY Sports’ AFCA Coaches Poll remain unchanged.

Georgia retains first place after repelling a late comeback attempt from arch-rivals Florida. The Bulldogs received 45 of 63 first-place votes this week.

The US state No. 2 was elected first in 13 ballots after its victory in the US state of Penn. Tennessee cemented their No. 3 spot thanks to a crucial win over then No. 3. 17 Kentucky. The Vols claimed the remaining five No. 1 votes on the eve of their showdown with the Bulldogs. Michigan remains at No. 4 after handling public enemy Michigan State.

Clemson and Alabama, both of whom had the weekend off, hold the next two positions. TCU remains at No. 7 after immaculately keeping their record in West Virginia, and Oregon remains at No. 8.

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This is where things are starting to change as former top-10 rosters Oklahoma State and Wake Forest each fall nine positions after ugly losses. Southern California and Mississippi each move up two spots to claim those top 10 spots. No. 11 UCLA and No. 12 Utah also gain a few spots. Illinois jumps five spots to 13th, its highest rank since 2007. Kansas state moves up to 14th after its impressive obliteration of Oklahoma state, and North Carolina climbs to 15th, a season-high.

No. 23 Liberty and No. 25 Central Florida are taking the poll this week. Cincinnati and South Carolina are out.

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