Georgia Bulldogs rise to No. 2 in AP Top 25 football poll after big win; Florida Gators debut at No. 12

Georgia moved up to No. 2 in the Associated Press’s first regular-season college football poll, overtaking Ohio State after the defending champions dominated their opener.

Alabama remained No. 1 in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank released Tuesday, receiving 44 of 63 first-place votes from the media panel and 1,552 points.

The Bulldogs narrowed the gap at the Crimson Tide after beating Oregon 49-3 on Saturday. Georgia received 17 votes in first place.

Ohio State slipped to No. 3, earning two first-place votes. Michigan moved up four spots to #4.

Clemson dropped one place to 5th place.

Florida debuted in 12th place after a thrilling home win over Utah on Saturday night. The Utes slipped six places to 13th after the loss.

The rest of the top 10 was Texas A&M at #6, 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 in 2017, when the Trojans ranked eighth.

The eighth-ranked Fighting Irish dropped three places in the top five after losing 21-10 at Ohio State.

CHOICE POINTS

Georgia has been ranked 1 or 2 in 15 of the last 17 polls, with 3 the other two weeks.

Since 2017, Georgia has been the country’s No. 2 13 times and No. 1 nine times, all of last season.

From 1981 — the season after Georgia won the national title — through 2016, the Bulldogs finished in the top two a total of 10 times.

IN

Florida’s jump from unranked to 12 is the largest for an unranked team since the first regular-season poll in 2016, when Texas finished 11th and Wisconsin 10th on Week 1 wins.

The No. 24 Tennessee is ranked for the first time under trainer Josh Heupel as a sophomore.

OUT

Oregon’s humiliating loss to Georgia sent the Ducks out of the standings. It’s the first time since the last AP Top 25 of the 2020 regular season that Oregon has not been ranked in a poll for which it was eligible.

Cincinnati was eliminated after losing by touchdown at Arkansas, their first regular-season loss since the end of the 2019 season.

For the Bearcats, who made the college football playoffs last year, it was a streak of 45 consecutive poll appearances, which was the fifth-longest active streak in the country.

TELEPHONE CONFERENCE

Florida and Tennessee, moving into the rankings, give the SEC eight ranking teams, the most for a conference since the SEC had three eights in 2020.

The record for ranked teams from a conference is 10 by the SEC at the start of the 2018 season. From 2011 through 2018, the SEC had eight teams that were ranked in the AP Top 25 a total of 14 times.

SEC – 8 (Nos. 1, 2, 6, 12, 16, 20, 22, 24).

ACC-5 (#5, 15, 17, 18, 23).

Big Ten – 4 (Nos. 3, 4, 14, 19).

Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 7, 9, 11).

Pac-12 – 2 (#10, 13).

Independents – 2 (No. 8, 21).

Americans – 1 (No. 25).

RANKED vs RANKED

#9 Baylor at #21 BYU. Future Big 12 Matchup.

No. 20 Kentucky at No. 12 Florida. Both will be scored for the first time since 2007 when they play.

No. 24 Tennessee at No. 17 Pitt. First SEC/ACC ranked non-conference matchup of the season.

https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/34536087/georgia-bulldogs-move-no-2-ap-top-25-football-poll-convincing-win Georgia Bulldogs rise to No. 2 in AP Top 25 football poll after big win; Florida Gators debut at No. 12

Emma Bowman

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