Who joins top five after Tennessee's shocking loss? Our college football coaches poll prediction

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For a good chunk of Saturday, the best teams in the Bowl Subdivision escaped with close wins to avoid any major shakeups to the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll.

Then South Carolina scored 35 points in the first half and upset Tennessee 63-38, ending the Volunteers’ hopes of reaching the College Football Playoff and bringing change to the top five for the first time in weeks. 

This loss losses shake things up just after the top four. Not that this group had it easy: Georgia managed just one touchdown in a 16-6 win against Kentucky, Ohio State didn’t put Maryland away until the final minute, Michigan beat Illinois 19-17 on a field goal with nine seconds left and TCU topped Baylor 29-28 with a field goal as time expired.

Tennessee coach Josh Heupel directs his team against South Carolina in the first quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium.

What do with Tennessee is the biggest question when it comes to predicting the top 10 in this week’s rankings. How far will the Volunteers fall given this year’s wins against LSU and Alabama?

1. Georgia (11-0)

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The Bulldogs’ 361 yards of offense were a season low and the 16 points the fewest in an SEC game since beating the Wildcats 14-3 in 2020. This is the second time this year that Georgia has been unable to put away a lesser opponent, joining the 26-22 win against Missouri to begin October.

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