AP Poll: Georgia rises to No. 1, Alabama knocked down to No. 2

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Georgia is No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, earning their second national title by beating Alabama on Monday night.

The Bulldogs received all 61 first-place votes to be a unanimous No. 1 for the ninth time this season. Georgia's only other time finishing No. 1 was 1980.

The Tide finished No. 2, giving the Southeastern Conference the top two teams in the final rankings for the third time since 2011.

Michigan was No. 3, the Wolverines best final ranking since winning the national championship in 1997 and their first top-10 finish since 2006.

No. 4 Cincinnati, which became the first team from outside the Power Five conferences to reach the playoff, finished with its best final ranking.

As did No. 5 Baylor. The Bears previous best finish in the AP poll was No. 7 in 2014.

Ohio State was No. 6 and Oklahoma State finished seventh. The Cowboys had their best finish in the poll since they were third in 2011.

Notre Dame was eighth, Michigan State was ninth and Oklahoma was 10th, giving the Big 12 three top 10 teams.

For Michigan State, its the Spartans first top-10 finish since a string of three straight from 2013-15. The two Big Ten schools from the state of Michigan last both finished the season ranked in the top 10 in 1999.

Utah was No. 12, BYU was 19th and Utah State was No. 24, marking the first time the Beehive State has had all three of its major college football teams finish the season ranked.

Clemson finished 14th, snapping a string of six straight seasons in which the Tigers were no worse than fourth in the final Top 25.

Rank Team Record Previous Rank
1 Georgia 14-1 3
2 Alabama 13-2 1
3 Michigan 12-2 2
4 Cincinnati 13-1 4
5 Baylor 12-2 6
6 Ohio State 11-2 7
7 Oklahoma State 12-2 9
8 Notre Dame 11-2 5
9 Michigan State 11-2 11
10 Oklahoma 11-2 14
11 Ole Miss 10-3 8
12 Utah 10-4 10
13 Pittsburgh 11-3 13
14 Clemson 10-3 19
15 Wake Forest 11-3 20
16 Louisiana-Lafayette 13-1 16
17 Houston 12-2 21
18 Kentucky 10-3 25
19 BYU 10-3 12
20 North Carolina State 9-3 18
21 Arkansas 9-4 22
22 Oregon 10-4 15
23 Iowa 10-4 17
24 Utah State 11-3 N/A
25 San Diego State 12-2 N/A

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