Georgia was ranked first in the final Associated Press Top 25 college football poll, becoming the 12th back-to-back national champion in ratings history after defeating TCU on Monday night.
The Horned Frogs placed No. 2, their best final result since the 2010 season. Michigan was No. 3, followed by Ohio State and Alabama.
Georgia received all 63 first places in the survey presented by the Bank of Regions.
The Bulldogs won the College Football Playoff National Championship Game 65–7, securing their third AP title overall. Their first came 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 defenseman Kelee Ringo said after TCU’s historic outburst at SoFi Stadium.
The last team to finish consecutive seasons at number one in the AP Top 25 was Alabama in 2011 and 2012.
Tennessee finished 6th, giving the Southeastern Conference half of the top six teams.
Penn State ranked 7th, the first time the Nittany Lions finished the season in the rankings since 2019. Washington ranked 8th in the rankings for the first time since 2018.
Tulane was ninth for the first time in the last poll since 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 finished second in the 2008 final rankings.
Florida’s No. 11 state returns to the final top 25 for the first time since 2016. USC’s No. 12 was followed by Clemson, Kansas, and Oregon at No. 15.
LSU ranked 16th and 17th in Oregon for the first time since 2012.
At No. 19, Troy has his best ranking in school history and first in the final AP Top 25 ranking.
Mike Leach’s last team at Mississippi State finished the season in 20th place. Leach died suddenly of heart disease last month before the Bulldogs won a bowling game against Illinois to finish the game 9-4.
Top 25 AP
The top 25 teams in the Associated Press football poll, with first place votes in parentheses, record through January 9, total points based on 25 points for first place vote to one point for 25th place vote and previous ranking:
- Georgia (63), 14-0
- TCU, 13-1
- Michigan, 13-1
- Ohio Street, 11-2
- Alabama, 11-2
- Tennessee, 11-2
- Penn Street, 11-2
- Washington, 11-2
- Tulane, 12-2
- Utah, 10-4
- Florida St., 10-3
- Southern California, 11-3
- Clemson, 11-3
- Kansas Street, 10-4
- Oregon, 10-3
- LSU, 10-4
- Oregon St., 10-3
- Notre-Dame, 9-4
- Troy, 12-2
- Mississippi Street, 9-4
- UCLA, 9-4
- Pittsburgh, 9-4
- South Carolina, 8-5
- st. Fresno, 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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