Ohio State strengthened its hold on the No. 1 spot in the latest college football coaches poll released Sunday.
The Buckeyes (1-0), who demolished then-No. 12 West Virginia 34-17 at Morgantown on Saturday, received 38 of a possible 62 first-place votes and 1,512 points from a nationwide panel of Division I-A coaches. Ohio State had 31 first-place votes in the preseason poll.
The top four teams remained the same as Florida State, Nebraska and Florida kept the No. 2 through No. 4 slots. The Seminoles (1-0) received 12 first-place votes and 1,471 points, while Nebraska (2-0) garnered eight first-place votes and 1,388 points. Florida (1-0), which opened its season with a 49-10 pummeling of Division I-AA foe The Citadel, had two first-place votes and 1,384 points.
The remaining first-place votes went to Kansas State and UCLA. Both schools moved up one spot to No. 5 and 6, respectively. The Wildcats (1-0) humbled Indiana State 66-0. UCLA starts its season next week against Texas.
Tennessee (1-0) jumped three spots to No. 7 after a 31-30 victory at Syracuse (0-1), which fell four places to 18th. Louisiana State (0-0) remained eighth, while Penn State (1-0) climbed four places to No. 9 following a 34-6 pasting of then-No. 21 Southern Mississippi. Washington (1-0) rounds out the Top 10, vaulting seven spots after its wild 42-38 victory over previously ninth-ranked Arizona State, which tumbled six places to No. 15.
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Notre Dame (1-0) made the biggest jump of the week, a 13-place leap to No. 11 after pounding defending national champion Michigan 36-20. The Wolverines (0-1), in turn, took one of the biggest hits of the week, a nine-place drop to No. 14. Virginia (1-0) picked up seven spots to No. 12 following a 19-0 victory at Auburn, which fell out of the Top 25. Georgia (1-0) improved five places to No. 13 after a 56-3 beating of Kent.
Colorado (1-0) is the highest debut at No. 16 this week after romping past Colorado State 42-14 at Denver. The Rams, who were ranked 16th, fell out of the Top 25. Wisconsin (1-0), a 26-14 victor over San Diego State, picked up three spots to No. 17. After Syracuse, Texas A&M is 19th, down four spots despite being idle.
West Virginia completed the Top 20, while Arizona (1-0) starts the final five. The Wildcats jumped four spots after Thursday's 27-6 victory at Hawaii. Texas (1-0) and Southern California (1-0) cracked the poll at No. 22 and 23, respectively. North Carolina (0-1), which was shocked at home by Miami of Ohio, took the biggest tumble of the week, a 13-place drop to No. 24. Missouri (1-0) also makes its first entry in the poll, drawing the 25th slot.
Colorado State, Southern Mississippi, Auburn and Michigan State fell out of the poll.
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