As voted on by 17 coaching legends
Oregon and Florida State jumped over LSU in the Legends Poll rankings this week after the Tigers struggled to remain unbeaten at Auburn.
Second-ranked Oregon ran away from Arizona, 49-0, which landed the Ducks one spot behind No. 1 Alabama.
“Oregon is like some of those old wishbone teams back when we were all young that if you couldn’t stop them a little bit, you couldn’t stop them at all,” former USC head coach John Robinson said. “The thing that they have is they have a better defense and the quarterback… they’re all talking up there that the quarterback is better than anything they’ve ever had.”
No. 3 Florida State also moved up a spot in the Legends Poll, passing its first big test against Clemson Saturday night. After trailing by 10 points in the second half, quarterback EJ Manuel turned the tide and led Florida State to a 49-37 comeback victory.
LSU held on late, but stumbled against a struggling Auburn team, which caused LSU to fall two spots to No. 4 in the rankings.
Georgia rounded out the top 5 after dismantling Vanderbilt, 48-3.
No. 9 Notre Dame continued to roll against Michigan, dropping the Wolverines out of the rankings. Kansas State was the biggest mover of the week, moving up five spots and joining the Irish inside the top 10 after a making a bold statement at Oklahoma, defeating the Sooners 24-19.
Newcomers this week were No. 19 Mississippi State, No. 21 Oregon State and No. 23 Northwestern.
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