Georgia was ranked No. 1 in the final Associated Press Top 25 college football poll, becoming the 12th straight national champion in the history of the ranking after defeating TCU on Monday night.
The Horned Frogs were No. 2, their best final ranking since the 2010 season. Michigan was No. 3, followed by Ohio State and Alabama.
Georgia received the first 63 votes in the poll, which is presented by Regions Bank.
The Bulldogs won the College Football Playoff national championship game 65-7 to secure their third overall AP title. Its first was in 1980. Georgia also became the 14th school with as many as three AP national titles.
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“Man, we hold ourselves to a high standard,” Georgia cornerback Kelee Ringo said after TCU’s historic blowout at SoFi Stadium.
The last team to finish back-to-back seasons No. 1 in the AP Top 25 was Alabama in 2011 and ’12.
Tennessee was the No. 6 seed, giving the Southeastern Conference half of the top six teams.
Penn State was No. 7, the first time the Nittany Lions have finished a season ranked since 2019. No. 8 Washington finished ranked for the first time since 2018.
Tulane was ninth, its first appearance in the final poll since the Green Wave finished seventh in 1998.
Utah rounded out the top 10, giving the Utes a top 10 spot for the first time since they were No. 2 in the final rankings in 2008.
No. 11 Florida State returns to the final Top 25 for the first time since 2016. No. 12 USC was followed by Clemson, Kansas State and Oregon at No. 15.
LSU was No. 16 and No. 17 Oregon State finished ranked for the first time since 2012.
At No. 19, Troy has its best ranking in school history and first in the final AP Top 25.
Mike Leach’s last team at Mississippi State finished the season at No. 20. Leach died suddenly of heart disease last month before the Bulldogs won their bowl game against Illinois to finish 9-4.
The Top 25 of the AP
The top 25 teams in the Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, record through Jan. 9 a point total based on 25 points for a first-place vote to one point for to a 25th place vote and above. classification:
- Georgia (63), 14-0
- TCU, 13-1
- Michigan, 13-1
- Ohio St., 11-2
- Alabama, 11-2
- Tennessee, 11-2
- Penn St., 11-2
- Washington, 11-2
- Tulane, 12-2
- Utah, 10-4
- Florida Street, 10-3
- South Cal, 11-3
- Clemson, 11-3
- Kansas St., 10-4
- Oregon, 10-3
- LSU, 10-4
- Oregon St., 10-3
- Mother of God, 9-4
- Troy, 12-2
- Mississippi St., 9-4
- UCLA, 9-4
- Pittsburgh, 9-4
- South Carolina, 8-5
- Fresno St., 10-4
- Texas, 8-5
Others receiving votes: Duke 49, UTSA 45, Air Force 40, Boise St. 38, Minnesota 35, Texas Tech 19, North Carolina 8, NC State 6, Iowa 4, Purdue 3, Louisville 3, Maryland 2, Marshall 2, Illinois 1, Cincinnati 1.
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