Oregon narrowing Alabama's hold on top of football poll

Oct. 7, 2013 at 6:58 AM
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MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- No. 2 Oregon grabs two additional first-place votes, cutting unto the USA Today coaches' football poll lead held by Alabama.

Alabama (5-0), which has been ranked No. 1 since the pre-season, loses two first-place mentions this week but still has a solid lead over Oregon (5-0) to lead the poll.

Three weeks ago the Crimson Tide pulled in 61 of the 62 first-place votes and were second on the other ballot. Since then, Oregon has been moving up in the number of poll points. This week Alabama gets 57 first-place votes to four for Oregon and sees its point advantage in the rankings shrink from 72 points on Sept. 15 to 58 points.

The other first-place vote goes to fourth-ranked Clemson (5-0), which started the season ranked eighth but is within 23 rankings points of No. 3 Ohio State (6-0). Stanford (5-0) remains fifth.

There were minimal changes in the Top 25 this week. Florida State (5-0), going from No. 8 to sixth, and Florida, up two to 17th, show the biggest gains. The largest drop was three spots to No. 18 by Northwestern. The only new team this week is No. 25 Virginia Tech, which replaces Arizona State.

Georgia (4-1) and Louisville (5-0) both slip one spot to seventh and eighth, respectively. Texas A&M (4-1) remains ninth and Oklahoma (5-0) is 10th going into its annual matchup against Texas in Dallas.

Louisiana State (5-1) comes in 11th followed by No. 12 South Carolina (4-1), 13th-ranked UCLA (4-0) and No. 14 Miami (Fla.) (5-0). Baylor (4-0) improves one place to 15th.

Michigan (5-0) is voted to 16th place, just ahead of Florida (4-1), with Northwestern (4-1) down to No. 18. Washington (4-1) comes in 19th and Oklahoma State (4-1) is No. 20.

Texas Tech (5-0) moves up one place to 21st, trading spots with No. 22 Fresno State (5-0). Northern Illinois (5-0) is 23rd while Nebraska (4-1) goes from 25th to 24th. Virginia Tech (5-1) enters the poll for the first time this season.

Oregon travels to Washington and Florida visits LSU in the week's games pitting ranked teams against each other.

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