College Football Rankings 2021: Week 9 Coaches Poll

Athens, Georgia, United States: November 26, 2017: Crowd passes under Sanford Stadium Sign on Game Day


The 2021 college football season is in full swing and there have been plenty of shakeups week in and week out. This weekend, the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll released its top 25 to give us the latest look at the landscape of the college football world as we approach the final push for the College Football Playoff.

This week, there were two more top 10 upsets, so there a number of changes were coming our way.

Of course, the one place we knew there wouldn’t be a change is at the very top with the Georgia Bulldogs hanging on to their No. 1 ranking following a bye week. The Oklahoma Sooners, however, fell to No. 4 despite a win.

Leapfrogging the Sooners was the No. 2 Cincinnati Bearcats and No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide, while the Ohio State Buckeyes round out the top five.

Where does your favorite team stand entering the upcoming week?

A look at the Week 9 Coaches Poll can be seen below.

  1. Georgia (64)
  2. Cincinnati
  3. Alabama
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Ohio State
  6. Michigan
  7. Michigan State
  8. Oregon
  9. Ole Miss
  10. Iowa
  11. Notre Dame
  12. Kentucky
  13. Wake Forest
  14. Texas A&M
  15. Oklahoma State
  16. SMU
  17. Penn State
  18. Baylor
  19. Pittsburgh
  20. San Diego State
  21. Auburn
  22. UTSA
  23. Iowa State
  24. Coastal Carolina
  25. NC State

Others receiving votes: UL Lafayette 42; Brigham Young 42; Arkansas 41; Houston 27; Arizona State 27; Virginia 23; Oregon State 13; Florida 13; Fresno State 10; Air Force 9; Appalachian State 5; Texas 3; Liberty 3; Utah 1.

The USA TODAY Sports AFCA Board of Coaches is made up of 65 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association.

2021 Coaches Poll Panel

Tom Allen, Indiana; Blake Anderson, Utah State; DinoBabers, Syracuse; Walt Bell, Massachusetts; Mike Bloomgren, Rice; Craig Bohl, Wyoming; Neal Brown, West Virginia; Troy Calhoun, Air Force; Matt Campbell, Iowa State; Jason Candle, Toledo; Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina; Paul Chryst, Wisconsin; Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Butch Davis, Florida International; Manny Diaz, Miami (Florida); Dave Doeren, North Carolina State; Karl Dorrell, Colorado; Eliah Drinkwitz, Missouri; Sonny Dykes, SMU; Luke Fickell, Cincinnati; Jedd Fisch, Arizona; Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern; James Franklin, Penn State; Willie Fritz, Tulane; Danny Gonzales, New Mexico; Todd Graham, Hawaii; Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State; Will Hall, Southern Mississippi; Thomas Hammock, Northern Illinois; Bryan Harsin, Auburn; Tyson Helton, Western Kentucky; Brady Hoke, San Diego State; Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech; Butch Jones, Arkansas State; Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Jimmy Lake, Washington; Clark Lea, Vanderbilt; Tim Lester, Western Michigan; Sean Lewis, Kent State; Maurice Linguist, Buffalo; Seth Littrell, North Texas; Mike Locksley, Maryland; Chad Lunsford, Georgia Southern; Gus Malzahn, Central Florida; Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio); Doug Martin, New Mexico State; Phillip Montgomery, Tulsa; Dan Mullen, Florida; Billy Napier, Louisiana-Lafayette; Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; Gary Patterson, TCU; Sam Pittman, Arkansas; NIck Rolovich, Washington State; Nick Saban, Alabama; Steve Sarkisian, Texas; Scott Satterfield, Louisville; Greg Schiano, Rutgers; Kirby Smart, Georgia; Jonathan Smith, Oregon State; Jake Spavital, Texas State; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Mel Tucker, Michigan State; Kyle Whittingham, Utah.

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