Alabama is New No. 1 Over No. 2 Notre Dame

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones throws under pressure from Georgia defensive lineman Devonte White during the second half at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Gary Cosby Jr, The Tuscaloosa News

It was a good time for Alabama to have a bye week. The Crimson Tide take over the No. 1 spot in the Amway Coaches Poll as the top five gets a complete overhaul.

Alabama moves up thanks to Clemson’s double-overtime loss at Notre Dame. The Tide received 55 of 62 first-place votes. They return to action next Saturday against struggling LSU.

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Notre Dame, meanwhile, leapfrogs two places into the No. 2 spot thanks to its big win. The Fighting Irish got four No. 1 votes, their first of the season, helping them pass Ohio State. The Buckeyes, who handled their business against Rutgers, claimed the remaining three first-place votes. Clemson slips only to fourth, still well positioned to keep its streak of College Football Playoff appearances alive but with no margin for error going forward.

The No. 5 position is sure to cause some arguments. Florida, thanks to its rivalry win against then-fifth-ranked Georgia, vaults into that spot just one poll point ahead of Texas A&M. Yes, that would be the same Aggies’ team that toppled the Gators several weeks ago. Both those SEC members nudged ahead of Cincinnati, dropping a Bearcats a spot to No. 7 despite posting another convincing win in the American.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Eddie Timanus

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