Georgia jumps to No. 2 in AP Top 25; Clemson football tumbles out of top four for first time since 2017

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Georgia moved up three places to No. 2nd behind Alabama in Tuesday's Associated Press Top 25, which revealed Tuesday. This makes the SEC the number two team in the country, making it the 30th consecutive time in the 85-year-old college football poll.

The SEC is now ranked 1-2 in the Top 25, for the second consecutive season and third time in five years. LSU and Alabama had a four week run as Nos. They were 1 and 2 in the 2019 season prior to playing each other.

AP Top 25 First-place votes in parentheses Team Points 1. Alabama (59) 1,571 2. Georgia (4) 1,507 Ohio State 1,437 4. Oklahoma 1,374 5. Texas A&M 1,288 6. Clemson 1,231 7. Cincinnati 1,136 8. Notre Dame 1,070 9. Iowa State 1,045 10. Iowa 942 11. Penn State 908 12. Oregon 883 13. Florida 842 14. USC 789 15. Texas 683 16. UCLA 668 17. Coastal Carolina 384 18. Wisconsin 376 19. Virginia Tech 359 20. Ole Miss 335 21. Utah 334 22. Miami (Fla.), 229 23. Arizona State 222 24. North Carolina 198 25. Auburn 83

The Crimson Tide has strengthened their grip on No. After beating Miami, the Crimson Tide strengthened their hold on No. Alabama received 59 first place votes, an increase of the 47 it received in the preseason poll.

After beating Clemson 10-3, Georgia won four first-place votes.

Ohio State moved up one spot to No. Oklahoma fell two spots to No. 3. After a narrow victory over Tulane, 4 Texas A&M is the fifth team in the SEC, making it five teams in the top 5.

Clemson dropped three spots to sixth. This marks the Tigers' first time being out of the top four since 2017. Clemson fell as low as No. Clemson finished fourth in the season's final seven games.

No. 7 Cincinnati and No. 8 Notre Dame moved one spot up each. Iowa State fell two spots to No. 9 - One spot ahead of No. 9 Iowa going into Saturday's rivalry match.

Points of interest

Georgia and Alabama finished at 1-2 in 2017's Top 25. The Crimson Tide defeated the Bulldogs in overtime during an all-SEC College Football Playoff match. Georgia and Alabama also spent two weeks at Nos. 1-2

Since the AP poll began in 1936, only one conference has held the top spot for the last 76 times. It is the SEC. Next is the now-defunct Big Eight with 23.


No. 16 UCLA has been ranked for the first-time since its brief stint at No. 25 in 2017 was Jim Mora's last season of coaching the Bruins. UCLA has had a slow climb back under Chip Kelly. However, a 2-0 start with a victory over LSU and a 38-27 win over them pushed the Bruins up the rankings. LSU was No. 16.

No. After beating North Carolina, an ACC rival, 19 Virginia Tech was promoted to the top of the rankings. This is the sixth consecutive season that the Hokies have been ranked at least once a week. However, Virginia Tech has not reached the Top 25 since 2017. The Tar Heels dropped 14 spots to No. 24.

No. No. 20 Ole Miss was not far from the top of the rankings to begin the season. It beat Louisville for its first poll appearance since the 2016 season.

No. No. 25 Auburn claimed the final spot.


Eighteen Top 25 teams were defeated by other ranked teams over the holiday weekend. Five of them were also beaten.

After being blown out by Iowa, Indiana was ranked for the first-time since 1969 in the preseason.

After a 13-7 defeat to FCS power Montana, Washington was forced out. In the history of the AP Top 25, the Huskies were the fifth-ranked team to lose against an FCS team.

Louisiana was ranked first in preseason school history, but it dropped out after Texas's decisive loss.

Conference call

SEC - 6 1, 2, 5, 13, 20, 25,

Pac-12 - 5 - (Nos. 12, 14, 16, 21, 23,

Big Ten - 4 (Nos. 3, 10, 11, 18,

ACC - 4 6, 19, 22, 24,

Big 12 - 3 (Nos. 4, 9, 15,

American - 1 American - 1 (No.

Independents - 1 8

Sun Belt - 1 (No. 17

Ranked vs.

No. 12 Oregon at No. 3 Ohio State. Last year, the pandemic cost the Ducks an away game in this series. This is the first regular-season meeting between the teams since 1987.

No. 10 Iowa at No. 9 Iowa State. This is the biggest Cy-Hawk match. No doubt.