Michigan rises to second place; Oklahoma until the fifth
Michigan jumped to second place in the Associated Press College football poll on Sunday and Oklahoma State joined the top five for the first time since 2015.
Georgia ranked first unanimously in the AP Top 25 rankings presented by the Bank of Regions for the eighth consecutive week. For the fourth week in a row, another team is in second place behind the Bulldogs.
Michigan has the highest rating since it peaked at number two in 2016. The Wolverines advanced four places after beating Ohio State on Saturday to break an eight-game losing streak in the rivalry.
Cincinnati moved up to third, flipping with Alabama in fourth. The Crimson Tide waned after beating Auburn in overtime.
Oklahoma State advanced by two points after beating Oklahoma for the first time since 2014. The Sooners dropped three places to No. 13.
Notre Dame slipped from sixth place and Ohio tumbled five places to seventh, a week after peaking in second place last week.
A week before the Buckeyes finished second, Alabama took that spot. Tide replaced Cincinnati the previous week.
Mississippi, Baylor and Oregon rounded out the top ten.
The longest unanimous #1 streak of weeks was the nine-week Alabama run in 2018.
There are two more ballots left this season, after next week’s championship games and then after the college national title is decided on January 10.
If Georgia can beat Alabama in the Southeast Conference title match next weekend and continue the playoff round, it could break the Alabama record.
But something to keep in mind for the Bulldogs: Alabama’s Ranked #1 race finished unanimously in a national championship game loss to Clemson and Crimson Tide finished second.
– 22nd seed Clemson (9-3) is back in the top 25 after falling after the last week of September. The Tigers are back again, winning seven of their last eight matches.
Kentucky, seeded 25th (9-3), returned after defeating rival Louisville on Saturday. The Wildcats have been running for five weeks in the world rankings.
Wisconsin withdrew after Minnesota cut its seven-game winning streak.
UTSA has dropped out of the world rankings after its first loss of the season. The Road Runners defeated North Texas on Saturday to end their regular season undefeated, but they will host the United States Conference title match next week.
SEC – 6 (numbers 1, 4, 8, 23, 24, 25).
ACC – 4 (numbers 17, 18, 21, 22).
Big Ten – 4 (No. 2, 7, 11, 15).
Large 12-3 (numbers 5, 9, 13).
American – 2 (No. 3, 16).
Pac-12 – 2 (No. 10, 14).
Mountain West – 1 (No. 19).
Sunbelt – 1 (No. 20).
Independents – 2 (No. 6, 12).
rank vs rank
No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 4 Alabama, SEC Championship.
No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Iowa, Big Ten Championship.
3 Cincinnati vs. No. 16 Houston, American Conference on Athletics Championships.
No. 5 Oklahoma State vs. No. 9 Baylor, Big 12 Championship.
No. 10 Oregon vs. No. 14 at the Utah Pac 12 Championship.
No. 17 Pete vs. No. 18 Wake Forest, ACC Championship.
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