AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates a second quarter touchdown during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on September 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
It still isn't quite unanimous, but Alabama did strengthen its hold on the No.1 ranking in the new USA TODAY Sports coaches poll.
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After outgunning Texas A&M 49-42 in the season's most anticipated game to date, the Crimson Tide claimed all but one of the first-place votes on the 62 ballots, with second-ranked Oregon picking up the other. The lone first-place nod to the Ducks, who kept their high-flying offense humming in a 59-10 romp over Tennessee, means the 2009 Florida team keeps the honor of being the last unanimous No.1 after the third week of the season. Ohio State, a 52-34 winner at California, held on to the No.3 position but got no No.1's this week.
But there was another shift in the top five as No.4 Clemson, which had the weekend off, edged ahead of Stanford, which overcame a sluggish start before subduing Army on the road.
It was evidently a good week to have a bye. In addition to Clemson's gain, No.19 Baylor climbed three places after an open date. No.25 Fresno State's weekend off was not scheduled, but it nevertheless makes its first poll appearance since 2008. The Bulldogs' game at Colorado was postponed because of flooding in the Boulder area.
Stock up: LSU.
The Tigers took care of business against Kent State and climbed to No.7. The gain was only one position, but it's an important one as LSU officially becomes the primary challenger to Alabama in the SEC West.
Stock down: Texas A&M.
It was only a loss of three places to No.9 for the Aggies. Nevertheless, their drop from the No.6 position was the largest within the poll this week.
Stock up: UCLA.
The Bruins' impressive road win at Nebraska earned them a gain of two positions to No.15, as they leapfrogged No.16 Northwestern.
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Stock down: Michigan.
The Wolverines did avoid a monumental upset and escaped with a 28-24 win against Akron in the Big House, but the close call cost them two poll spots as they slipped to No.14.
Stock up: Mississippi.
Ole Miss rode its win at Texas a three-spot gain to No.22. Whether the Rebels can contend with the Alabamas and LSUs of the world remains to be seen, but their jump this week matches Washington and Baylor for the biggest within the top 25.
Stock down: The Big 12.
Texas's well-documented woes in addition to TCU's Thursday-night loss to Texas Tech leaves the Large-Dozen-minus-two with only two ranked teams this week, both from the state of Oklahoma. The conference had four in the top 25 in the preseason poll.
New kids on the block: No.23 Arizona State, No.24 Michigan State, No.25 Fresno State.
College dropouts: Nebraska, Wisconsin, TCU.