This week, Alabama held firm in the top spot as did the next three slots, with Georgia, Ohio State and Clemson at No. 2 through No. 4. Notre Dame claimed the fifth spot. West Virginia climbed to No. 6 after LSU fell at Florida and Oklahoma lost to Texas in Dallas. LSU dropped to 12th and Oklahoma slid to No. 11.
With a fifth straight victory, Texas made a big move from outside the poll to No. 9. Auburn was No. 9 last week, but fell completely out of the poll after losing to Mississippi State. Stanford and Kentucky both lost and were replaced by Florida and Miami (Fla,).
The SEC and Big Ten led all conferences with four teams each. The Big 12 had three teams and the ACC two. The American, Pac 12 and Independents had one team each.