The Notre Dame Fighting Irish rose to the challenge against the Stanford Cardinal over the weekend. That win was enough to bump the previously #8 Irish up above the Cardinal in both sets of rankings. There were a few other notable changes near the top of the rankings as well.
Here’s the complete week six USA Today Coaches Poll:
In the top ten, Georgia and Ohio State both moved up a spot after their respective wins and Clemson dropped two spots after surviving a scare against Syracuse. ND of course moved up #7 and West Virginia moved up four whole spots after putting a beat down on Texas Tech. Auburn also moved up a spot and UW rejoined the top ten after an impressive win over BYU.
Stanford dropped back to #14 after losing to the Irish, Michigan fell back a spot after a win at Northwestern, and future ND opponent Virginia Tech moved up to #23.
Here’s the complete week six AP Poll:
Ohio State and Clemson trade spots in the top five this week after the results mentioned above. ND moves up two spots after the sensational victory, and Oklahoma dropped back a spot to #7 despite dropping sixty points on Baylor. Auburn moved from #10 to #8, West Virginia joins the top ten at #9, and UW is back in the top ten as well.
Stanford also fell in this poll to #14, along with Michigan at #15, while Virginia Tech stayed put at #24. The Irish face the Hokies this weekend in Blacksburg.