Week 3 Amway Coaches Poll Released: UNC #25


The Amway Coaches Poll was released on Sunday and saw almost as much change as the AP. However the Coaches Poll did not boot the Tar Heels, leaving them at 25. That is two spots down from 23 last week. The Tar Heels have a bye this week, so there is a good chance that they will be knocked out of the poll next week unless teams above them lose in some number.

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The Coaches also decided to reward Virginia Tech for its victory over Ohio State, so the ACC gained a school in this poll. They also denied BYU into the poll so that it completely represents the schools of power conferences. They also did something else weird that is purely the result of voting patterns. See if you can catch it.

The Amway Coaches Poll for Week 3

1Florida State Seminoles51
2Alabama Crimson Tide1
3Oklahoma Sooners3
4Oregon Ducks6
5Auburn Tigers
6Georgia Bulldogs1
7Baylor Bears
8Texas A&M Aggies
9LSU Tigers
10USC Trojans

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    12UCLA Bruins
    13Michigan State Spartans
    14Arizona State Sun Devils
    15Ole Miss Rebels
    16Stanford Cardinal
    17Wisconsin Badgers
    18Ohio State Buckeyes
    19Virginia Tech Hokies
    20Kansas State Wildcats
    21Nebraska Cornhuskers
    22Missouri Tigers
    23South Carolina Gamecocks
    24Clemson Tigers
    25North Carolina Tar Heels

    Others Receiving Votes: Louisville (2-0) 128; Brigham Young (2-0) 124; Florida (1-0) 107; Mississippi State (2-0) 84; Oklahoma State (1-1) 81; Duke (2-0) 55; Washington (2-0) 22; TCU (1-0) 19; Minnesota (2-0) 17; Marshall (2-0) 14; Iowa (2-0) 9; Cincinnati (0-0) 8; Arizona (2-0) 7; West Virginia (1-1) 6; Oregon State (2-0) 6; Pittsburgh (2-0) 5; Northern Illinois (2-0) 5; Rutgers (2-0) 4; Memphis (1-1) 4; Michigan (1-1) 2; Texas Tech (2-0) 1; Boise State (1-1) 1

    Did you spot it? You could have gone with one or two answers. The first is that Oregon received no benefit for beating Michigan State. The coaches kept them in place without promoting them.

    The second is that Ohio State is ranked one spot ahead of Virginia Tech, who beat them on Saturday.

    No small schools in the Poll. BYU is the highest one in the others receiving votes. You have to go a ways before the highest AAC team shows up, Cincinnati.

    So the coaches continue to be more conservative in promoting teams that win big games and demoting teams that did not lose. Because hey, I wouldn’t want that to happen to my team, right?

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