Survey of LBM Coaches in the US: Is it time to fully believe in Colorado?
It’s still early in the college football season, but we’re starting to get an idea of which teams will be legitimate contenders. See where your team ranked in this week’s US LBM Coaches Poll.
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A strange weekend of college football filled with near misses but few real surprises produced minor changes in the US LBM Coaches Poll.
The top eight teams remain the same, led by number one Georgia. The Bulldogs needed a second-half surge to overtake South Carolina, but they easily retained the top spot, elected first on all but two of the 65 ballots cast this week.
Michigan also started slowly against Bowling Green, but remains in second place, retaining one vote for number one. Florida State narrowly escaped Boston College and is clinging to the No. 3 seed, followed by No. 4 Ohio State. The Buckeyes overwhelmed Western Kentucky and claimed the ultimate first-place award on the eve of their big showdown with Notre Dame.
Southern California, the only Top 25 team not playing this weekend, remains fifth, followed by Texas, Penn State and Washington.
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The confusion begins at No. 9, thanks to Tennessee’s loss at Florida. Notre Dame jumps two spots to ninth, setting up the season’s third top-10 clash next week against the Buckeyes. Utah also moves up two spots to round out the top 10, while Tennessee slides to No. 20. Alabama, at No. 12 after a lackluster win at South Florida, falls out of the top 10 for the second time since the 2015 season.
Washington State is the only newcomer to the Top 25, ranking 24th, just ahead of Pac-12 member UCLA. The inclusion of the Cougars gives the Pac-12 eight teams in the standings. The SEC is second with five.
Kansas State folds after a loss at Missouri, leaving the Big 12 with only two teams, Oklahoma and Texas, that will leave the league after the season.
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