Ohio State retains its grasp atop both the AP Poll and Amway/USA Today Coaches Poll, although another chip has been knocked off the paint as the Buckeyes lost a first-place vote with the sideline masters. In the Massey Composite Index, Clemson retained their grip on first place among the computer ranking systems.
Overall, there was very little change within the top 20 from last week in the human polls, largely a result of the combination of no upsets and a lot of teams taking the week off. Notre Dame and Stanford swapped places in the media poll, as did Memphis and Michigan; the coaches flipped Michigan State and Clemson.
The only other change in the top 20 of either poll was a result of Duke falling out of the top 25 of the coaches poll, with Houston amd Mississippi hopping over Toledo to fill the vacuum. One bright spot for those who seek justice in these things: Temple only fell two spots in the AP and one in the coaches poll after their gritty effort against the Fighting Irish fell just short.
The big winners for the week: there really weren't any. No team received a larger boost thatn North Carolina, moving up six theoretical places in the writers poll and seven in the coaches. Navy surged six spots in the computer composite, the largest such jump from last week among teams in the top 40.
Pittsburgh was the week's victim, though. The Panthers tumbled out of both polls, effectively eating a twelve-place drop in the AP and nine in the coaches poll, and also fell eight spots in the computer rankings. Georgia suffered a much larger fall in the coaches balloting, falling off every ballot after being ranked #23 last week. However, Georgia was only 30th in last week's media ranking, and this can be seen more as a correction that a real knockdown; still, the Bulldogs effectively suffered a 17-place tumble as their reward for losing to Florida. Duke and California also both endured 10-place slides with the coaches.
Forthwith, the rankings. As always, all teams receiving votes this week or last week are listed, as well as all teams in the top 40 of this week's Massey Composite. (That latter caveat applies to just one team this week: Bowling Green. Only three teams received votes while not being in the Massey top 40, which is frankly a stunning level of agreement between voters and computers.)