Southern California joins top five, while Georgia stays No. 1 in USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll

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The four undefeated teams at the top of the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll were all pushed to an extent this weekend but survived to retain their rank. But there is a new team in the top five, providing a small measure of clarity on the eve of rivalry weekend.

Georgia holds on to the No. 1 spot once again, named first on 59 of 62 ballots submitted this week. Ohio State remains No. 2 with one first-place nod, though the Buckeyes were in a four-quarter fight at Maryland. No. 3 Michigan had its first close call of the season but got past Illinois and now have a pair of first-place votes. TCU, with yet another narrow escape on a last-second field goal at Baylor, holds steady at No. 4.

Southern California defensive end Korey Foreman (0) celebrates after an interception in the fourth quarter against UCLA at the Rose Bowl.

Southern California replaces Tennessee in the top five. The Trojans outlasted cross-town rival UCLA to clinch a spot in the Pac-12 championship game. Tennessee slips to No. 11 after its stunning loss at unranked South Carolina.

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