Georgia remains atop AP Top 25 poll, while Oregon, UCLA fall


No. 1 Georgia led an unchanged top five in the Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, while the rest of the Top 25 was mixed after the loss of eight ranked teams, including two big upsets in the Pac- 12.

For the second week in a row, the Bulldogs received all but one of the 63 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. No. 2 Ohio State received the other first-place vote.

No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 TCU and No. 5 Tennessee held their spots after wins on Saturday, with only the Horned Frogs facing a true challenge.

Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and Tennessee all went a combined 203-60 against conference opponents.

Home losses by Oregon (at Washington) and UCLA (at Arizona) shook up the rest of the top 10. No. 6 LSU and No. 7 Southern California each moved up one spot.

The last time two top-10 Pac-12 teams lost at home in the same weekend was Oct. 2-4, 2014, when No. 2 Oregon fell 31-24 to Arizona 31-24 and No. 8 UCLA was defeated 30-28 by Utah.

Alabama jumped two spots to No. 8 after falling to No. 10 on the season last week. Clemson moved up four spots to re-enter the top-10 at No. 8 and Utah moved up to No. 10.

TURNING POINTS

Georgia is approaching school registration.

The Bulldogs are No. 1 for the ninth time this season, matching last season’s total when they won the national title for the first time in 41 years.

Georgia has been ranked No. 1 a total of 33 times in school history, one behind Michigan for the 12th most in AP poll history.

The Bulldogs are at Kentucky next week and close out the season against Georgia Tech. Barring a major upset, they will enter the Southeastern Conference Championship against LSU with 11 weeks as the top-ranked team in the country.

EN

Of the four teams that entered the rankings this week, Coastal Carolina is the only one making its season debut. The Chanticleers, ranked 23rd, have already reached the Top 25 in each of the last three seasons.

— Cincinnati’s No. 22 is back. The Bearcats give the American Athletic Conference a season-high three ranked teams along with No. 17 Central Florida and No. 21 Tulane.

— No. 24 Oklahoma State bounced back from snapping a two-game losing streak by beating Iowa State.

— No. 25 Oregon State is also back. The Beavers snapped a nine-year scoring drought two weeks ago, promptly lost a close game at Washington and dropped out, then bounced back Sunday after beating California.

OUT

Texas’ season in the rankings: Unranked for the first two polls, moved in for two weeks in September, two weeks out, two weeks back, one week back and now gone again.

– Illinois slumped to a second straight home loss.

– North Carolina State is unranked for the first time this season after the Wolfpack were upset at home by Boston College.

— Liberty’s time in the Top 25 lasted just one week. The Flames followed a win at Arkansas to move up in the rankings with a loss at UConn to fall.

CONFERENCE CALL

The Ducks and Bruins getting demolished crushed the Pac-12’s hopes of putting a team in the College Football Playoff. A consolation prize: The conference has more teams ranked than it has since September 15, 2019.

Pac-12—6 (#7, 10, 12, 15, 16, 25).

SEC – 5 (Nos. 1, 5, 6, 8, 14).

ACC — 3 (Nos. 9, 13, 20).

American — 3 (Nos. 17, 21, 22).

Big Ten — 3 (Nos. 2, 3, 11).

Big 12 — 3 (Nos. 4, 19, 24).

Sun Belt — 1 (No. 23).

Independent — 1 (No. 18).

CLASSIFICATION vs. CLASSIFICATION

The Pac-12’s big games lost some of their luster, but they’re still at the top of the marquee.

No. 7 USC at No. 16 UCLA.

No. 10 Utah at No. 12 Oregon.

THE FULL SURVEY:

1. Georgia (10-0), 1574 points (62 first place votes)
2. Ohio State (10-0), 1,501 (1)
3. Michigan (10-0), 1,453
4. TCU (10-0), 1,374
5. Tennessee (9-1), 1,341
6. LSU (8-2), 1218
7. USC (9-1), 1152
8. Alabama (8-2), 1,140
9. Clemson (9-1), 1,055
10. Utah (8-2), 965
11. Penn State (8-2), 882
12. Oregon (8-2), 856
13. North Carolina (9-1), 843
14. Ole Miss (8-2), 797
15. Washington (8-2), 693
16. UCLA (8-2), 648
17. UCF (8-2), 537
18. Mother of God (7-3), 495
19. Kansas State (7-3), 468
20. Florida State (7-3), 386
21. Tulane (8-2), 273
22. Cincinnati (8-2), 237
23. Coastal Carolina (9-1), 143
24. Oklahoma State (7-3), 85
25. Oregon State (7-3), 81

Others receiving votes: North Carolina State 77, Texas 65, UTSA 51, Troy 22, Duke 16, Liberty 15, Illinois 13, Minnesota 7, Florida 6, Boise State 5, South Alabama 1.

Associated Press report


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