AP Top 25 Poll Ranks Georgia Up to No. 1 in College Football Rankings for First Time in Regular Season Since 1982


The Georgia Bulldogs have reached No. 1 in the AP Top 25 Poll for the first time since the 2008 preseason poll and for the first time in the regular-season poll since 1982. The Bulldogs opened 2008 with a 45-21 win over Georgia Southern, but apparently it wasn’t an impressive victory, as the Bulldogs fell to No. 2 the following week. Odds are a win against undefeated No. 11 Kentucky this weekend won’t cause Georgia, which received all 62 first-place votes, to fall in the poll next week.

The Iowa Hawkeyes find themselves right behind Georgia at No. 2, moving up a spot following their 23-20 win over Penn State and Alabama’s 41-38 loss to Texas A&M. No. 3 Cincinnati has its best ranking ever.

The Crimson Tide fell four spots to No. 5, while Penn State dropped to No. 7. BYU was the only team to drop out of last week’s top 10, plummeting to No. 19 following a loss to Boise State. Replacing them is Michigan State, which jumped a spot from No. 11 to No. 10. The biggest climb in the poll this week comes from Texas A&M, which joins the poll at No. 21 after not being ranked last week. Beating Alabama will do that for you.

Here’s the poll in its entirety.

1. Georgia (62 first-place votes)
2. Iowa
3. Cincinnati
4. Oklahoma
5. Alabama
6. Ohio State
7. Penn State
8. Michigan
9. Oregon
10. Michigan State
11. Kentucky
12. Oklahoma State
13. Ole Miss
14. Notre Dame
15. Coastal Carolina
16. Wake Forest
17. Arkansas
18. Arizona State
19. BYU
20. Florida
21. Texas A&M
22. NC State
23. SMU
24. San Diego State
25. Texas

No longer ranked: No. 18 Auburn