On the team’s bye week, undefeated Utah rose one spot in the Amway Coaches Poll to No. 18 and remained at No. 20 in the AP Top 25.
The top four of both polls remained the same from last week with Alabama on top, followed by Clemson, Oklahoma and Penn State. USC dropped out of the top five in both polls after a loss to Washington State — fellow Pac-12 team Washington taking the Trojans’ place at No. 5 in the Coaches Poll. The Huskies remained at No. 6 in the AP Top 25, while Georgia rose to No. 5.
Washington State jumped up five spots to No. 11 in both polls as the next highest rated Pac-12 team, followed by USC — ranked at No. 14 in the AP Top 25 and No. 15 in the Coaches Poll — and Utah.
The Trojans were the biggest fallers this week, plummeting 10 spots in the Coaches Poll and nine spots in the AP Top 25, while Virginia Tech slipped seven spots to No. 19 in the Coaches Poll and four spots to No. 16 in the AP Top 25 after losing to Clemson.
NC State and UCF made their first appearances of the season in the rankings, coming in at No. 24 and No. 25 respectively in both polls.