Georgia climbed to No. 2 in the first Associated Press college football poll of the regular season, surpassing Ohio State, after the National League champions dominated the opener.
Alabama remained No. 1 on the Top 25 AP list presented by the Bank of Regions released Tuesday, receiving 44 of the 63 first-place votes from the media board and 1,552 points.
The Bulldogs narrowed the gap on Crimson Tide after beating Oregon 49-3 on Saturday. Georgia got 17 votes in first place.
Ohio dropped to third place and took two first place votes. Michigan advanced four points to fourth.
Clemson dropped to fifth.
Florida debuted at number 12 after a thrilling home win against Utah on Saturday night. Utis dropped six points to 13th after the loss.
The rest of the top 10 were Texas A&M in sixth, followed by Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Baylor and Southern California.
USC is in the top 10 for the first time since the last regular season poll of 2017, when the Trojans were eighth.
The eighth-seeded Fighting Irish dropped three places out of the top five after losing 21-10 at Ohio State.
Georgia ranked first or second in 15 of the past 17 surveys, with the other two weeks ranked third.
Since 2017, Georgia has ranked second in the country 13 times and number one nine times, all in the last season.
From 1981—the season after Georgia won a national title—through 2016, the Bulldogs were ranked in the top two with a total of 10 times.
Florida’s jump from the unranked ranking to 12th is the biggest for an unranked team since the first regular season poll of 2016, when Texas landed 11th and Wisconsin 10th after their first week’s victories.
Ranked 24, Tennessee was first ranked under second-year coach Josh Hubble.
Oregon’s modest loss to Georgia knocked the ducks all the way out of the world rankings. It’s the first time that Oregon’s rating has been revoked in a poll it was eligible for since the last regular season of the AP Top 25 of 2020.
Cincinnati withdrew after losing to Arkansas by a touchdown, its first regular season loss since the late 2019 season.
For the Bearkats, who played the college football game last year, he made 45 consecutive appearances in the poll, the fifth longest running streak in the country.
Florida and Tennessee’s move to the rankings gives the SEC eight ranked teams, the most for a conference since the SEC had eight in 2020.
The record for ranked teams from a single conference is 10 by the SEC early in the 2018 season. From 2011-18, SEC had eight teams ranked in the AP Top 25 for a total of 14 times.
SEC – 8 (No. 1, 2, 6, 12, 16, 20, 22, 24).
ACC – 5 (numbers 5, 15, 17, 18, 23).
Big Ten – 4 (No. 3, 4, 14, 19).
Large 12-3 (numbers 7, 9, 11).
Pac-12 – 2 (No. 10, 13).
Independents – 2 (No. 8, 21).
American – 1 (No. 25).
Rank this week against rank
No. 9 Baylor at No. 21 BYU. Big 12 match in the future.
No. 20 Kentucky at No. 12 Florida. The first time the two players will take first place when they play since 2007.
No. 24 TN in No. 17 House. 1st place SEC/ACC in this season’s non-conference match.
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