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Ohio State up to No. 3 in Amway Coaches Poll behind Clemson, Alabama

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 10/27/2020 Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY
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For the first time, the Big Ten has actual results for the voters in the Amway Coaches Poll to consider this season, to the benefit of some and the detriment of others.

The main beneficiary is Ohio State. The Buckeyes ran away from Nebraska in their season debut and vault to No. 3 in the poll, retaining a pair of first-place votes. Ohio State leapfrogs No. 4 Notre Dame, despite the Fighting Irish’s dominant road win at Pittsburgh, and No. 5 Georgia.

Penn State was not as fortunate after falling in overtime at Indiana in its opener. The Nittany Lions drop 10 spots to No. 17, and must now rebound quickly with Ohio State coming to Happy Valley next week. Wisconsin and Michigan gain three positions each to No. 11 and No. 14, respectively, after impressive first efforts.

a group of football players on a field: Ohio State safety Josh Proctor (41) recovers the fumble during the fourth quarter against Nebraska at Ohio Stadium. © Joseph Maiorana, USA TODAY Sports Ohio State safety Josh Proctor (41) recovers the fumble during the fourth quarter against Nebraska at Ohio Stadium.

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Clemson, meanwhile, retains the No. 1 spot followed by second-ranked Alabama. The Tigers overcame some miscues to pull away from Syracuse and continue to lead the poll with 52 first-place votes. The Crimson Tide handled Tennessee on the road and now have eight first-place nods.

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Oklahoma State holds steady at No. 6 after staving off then-No. 17 Iowa State.

Cincinnati moves up to a season-best No. 7, its highest position since achieving a No. 4 ranking in 2009. No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 9 Florida swap positions in what might be considered a market correction. BYU moves into the top 10 for the first time since 2009.

Indiana joins the poll at No. 19 on the strength of the Penn State win. It's the highest ranking for the Hoosiers since 1993. No. 24 Oklahoma and No. 25 Army rejoin the rankings as well.

Virginia Tech, Minnesota and North Carolina State are the week’s dropouts.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ohio State up to No. 3 in Amway Coaches Poll behind Clemson, Alabama

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