AP Top 25: Michigan to No. 2 behind top-ranked Georgia

Michigan moved to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, with TCU ranked No. 3 and Southern California ranked No. 4 behind Georgia after four top-10 teams lost on the final day of regular season games.

The Bulldogs (12-0) are number 1 for the eighth straight week and eleventh time this season in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. Georgia received 58 first-place votes and Michigan received the other five.

The Wolverines (12-0) reached a season-high No. 2 after beating Ohio Statecausing the Buckeyes to drop three spots to No. 5.

TCU (12-0) has its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in the 2015 season, and USC (11-1) has its best ranking this late in the season since finishing the 2016 season at No. 3.

Other top-10 teams that fell were LSU, Clemson and Oregon. LSU’s loss to Texas A&M dropped those Tigers five spots to No. 11. Clemson’s loss to South Carolina sent it three spots to No. 10 The Ducks’ fourth-quarter collapse against Oregon State cost Oregon a spot in the Pac-12 title game and five spots in the poll, where it fell to No. 15.

Alabama was No. 6, just ahead of Tennessee, who beat the Crimson Tide at home earlier in the season with a last-second field goal.

No. No. 8 Penn State and No. 9 Washington both have their best rankings of the season. The Huskies have not ranked in the top 10 since the 2018 season when they peaked at number 6.


This was the eighth regular season week since 2017 in which four top-10 teams lost, including their second this season. Three of those weeks took place in 2017.

The last time five or more top-10 teams lost in the same regular season week was 2016. In the week of November 12, 2016, five top-10 teams lost, all to unranked opponents.

The results: Iowa 14, No. 2 Michigan 13; 43 Pittsburgh, No. 3 Clemson 42; USC 26, No. 4 Washington 13; Georgia 13, No. 8 Maroon 7; and Mississippi 29, No. 10 Texas A&M 28.


— No. 23 UTSA (10-2) made its season debut in the AP Top 25. The Roadrunners made the rankings last year for the first time in the program’s short history.

Texas-San Antonio became an FBS school in 2012. The defending Conference USA champions peaked at No. 15 last season and are entering a second straight C-USA title game.

— No. 20 South Carolina (8-4) is back in the standings after the second consecutive upset of a top-10 team. The Gamecocks beat Clemson on Saturday after beating Tennessee last week. South Carolina was ranked for a week in October, but then immediately lost to Missouri.

— No. 25 Mississippi State (8-4) returned to the rankings for the second time this season.


— Mississippi (8-4) fell out of the rankings for the first time this season. The Rebels reached No. 7 after starting 7-0, but finished the season with four out of five.

— Cincinnati (9-3) is out again. The Bearcats have bounced in and out for most of the season. The loss of Tulane on Friday put them out again.

— Coastal Carolina (9-2) went out after being beaten by James Madison, but still has a spot in next week’s Sun Belt championship game.


Pac-12 – 6 (Nos. 4, 9, 12, 15, 16, 17).

SEC – 6 (Nos. 1, 6, 7, 11, 20, 25).

ACC — 3 (Nos. 10, 14, 24).

Big Ten – 3 (Nos. 2, 5, 8).

Major 12 – 3 (Nos. 3, 13, 21).

American – 2 (Nos. 18, 22).

Conference USA – 1 (No. 23).

Independent – 1 (No. 19).


Championship Week features matchup of ranked teams in five conferences:

– No. 11 LSU vs. No. 1 Georgia, Southeastern Conference Championship.

– No. 3 TCU vs No. 13 Kansas State, Big 12 Championship.

– No. 4 U.S.C. vs. No. 12 Utah, Pac-12 Championship.

– No. 10 Clemson Vs. No. 24 North Carolina, Atlantic Coast Conference Championship.

– No. 18 Tulane Vs. No. 22 UCF, American Athletic Conference championship.


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