Georgia edges Alabama at No. 1, while Oklahoma tumbles in USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll


The final college football Saturday of September produced a number of near misses, but the top five teams survived and maintain their respective positions in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll.

Georgia remains No. 1 for a second week, but the Bulldogs’ lead over No. 2 Alabama is trimmed to a mere five poll points this week. Georgia received 34 of 64 first-place votes following a lackluster win against Kent State. The Crimson Tide received 26 firsts after a dominant win against Vanderbilt.

Ohio State, equally impressive in a blowout of Wisconsin, strengthens its hold on the No. 3 spot and picked up the remaining four No. 1 votes. Michigan, a winner in its Big Ten opener against Maryland, and Clemson, which survived in double overtime at Wake Forest, continue to round out the top five.

Georgia running back Kendall Milton (2) tries the break the tackle of Kent State safety JoJo Evans (23) during the second half at Sanford Stadium.

The changes begin at the No. 6 slot, previously occupied by Oklahoma. The Sooners dip 10 places to No. 16 after yet another loss to recent nemesis Kansas State. Southern California survived a tough trip to Oregon State and inherits the No. 6 position. Oklahoma State, which had the weekend off, now heads the Big 12 contingent at No. 7.

TOP 25:Complete USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll after Week 4

HIGHS AND LOWS:Winners and losers led by Clemson, Tennessee

WHAT YOU MISSED:Texas A&M, Kansas State top the five biggest things


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