Michigan football jumps up to No. 16 in coaches poll; Michigan State drops out

There was a bit of shuffling in the Amway Coaches Poll following Week 6 in college football, despite the fact that about a quarter of the Top 25 teams had the weekend off including the top two. Alabama and Clemson, both of whom were idle, continue to lead the way, and a few other results produced changes in the top 10.

Alabama received 40 of 65 first-place votes this week to strengthen its hold on the No. 1 spot it grabbed a week ago. No. 2 Clemson saw its first-place total slip to 20. Georgia, which trailed Tennessee early but went on to dominate the rest of the way, stayed put at No. 3.

Ohio State moved up to No. 4 after pulling away from Michigan State, 34-10. The Buckeyes received the remaining three No. 1 votes and edge ahead of No. 5 Oklahoma.

The Spartans, which entered the week at No. 23, dropped to the fourth highest team in the "others receiving votes."

Michigan football, which defeated Iowa, 10-3 on Saturday, moved up two spots to No. 16. 

U-M also jumped to No. 16 in the Associated Press Top 25, up three spots. MSU also dropped out of the AP rankings.

LSU held at No. 6 followed by next week’s opponent, No. 7 Florida. The Gators moved up a notch after taking down Auburn, which slid to No. 12. Wisconsin, Penn State and Notre Dame round out the top 10.

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SMU needed a huge rally against Tulsa to stay unbeaten, but as a result the Mustangs enter the poll at No. 22 this week. It is their first appearance in the Top 25 since USA TODAY began administering the coaches poll in 1991.

No. 23 Baylor also makes its season debut as well as No. 25 Minnesota. Also rejoining the rankings is No. 24 Arizona State.

Washington, which suffered its second loss of the campaign at Stanford, falls out of the poll from the No. 16 spot. Central Florida, and Oklahoma State are the week’s other dropouts.

Free Press staff reports contributed.