The defending national champion Tigers more than doubled their number of first-place votes after their 31-17 win over then-No. 12 Virginia Tech. Clemson lost ground a week ago after struggling for three quarters against Boston College, but its sharp performance against the Hokies took the Tigers from eight to 17 first-place votes Sunday .
The Tide went from 52 first-place votes last week to 44 despite their 66-3 rout of the Rebels.
Southern California’s 30-27 loss at Washington State made room for Georgia to take over at No. 5 after its 41-0 win over Tennessee. USC toppled from No. 5 to No. 14.
Washington, Michigan, TCU, Wisconsin and Ohio State rounded out the top 10. Mississippi State is gone after its 49-10 loss at Auburn, the most lopsided game in the series since 1970. The Bulldogs, beaten by Georgia a week earlier, have been outscored 80-13 in two games.
LSU’s 24-21 loss to Troy marked the Tigers’ first defeat in 50 nonconference games since 2000. North Carolina State returned to the poll for the first time since 2010. The Wolfpack are 4-1 for the fourth straight year and 2-0 in ACC play for the first time since 2006. They got points on their first five possessions in a 33-25 win over Syracuse.
UCF is back for the first time since it was No. 10 in the final poll of 2013. The Knights have outscored opponents 139-40, including 40-13 over Memphis on Saturday.