AP Top 25: Georgia’s 22 weeks at No. 1 trail only Southern Cal

AP photo by John Bazemore / Georgia receiver Ladd McConkey (84) celebrates with offensive lineman Sedrick Van Pran after catching a touchdown pass during the Bulldogs' home win against Ole Miss on Saturday night.
AP photo by John Bazemore / Georgia receiver Ladd McConkey (84) celebrates with offensive lineman Sedrick Van Pran after catching a touchdown pass during the Bulldogs' home win against Ole Miss on Saturday night.

Another mark of dominance has gone to the Dawgs.

Georgia extended its streak of weeks as the top-ranked team in the AP Top 25 to 22 on Sunday, giving the Bulldogs the second-longest run of being No. 1 in the 87-year history of the college football poll.

The Bulldogs received 54 first-place votes after they routed visiting Ole Miss in what was a top-10 matchup on Saturday night. A week after drawing even with Miami in the record book, Georgia broke its tie with the Hurricanes, who made 21 straight appearances at No. 1 in 2001-02.

The longest No. 1 streak belongs to Southern California. The Trojans spent 33 straight polls at No. 1 from 2003 to 2005.

Georgia had already locked up the Southeastern Conference's East Division title due to other league action before Saturday's game at Sanford Stadium even kicked off, and the Bulldogs will face West winner Alabama in the SEC title game Dec. 2 at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Georgia (10-0, 7-0 SEC) is the two-time reigning national champion and chasing an unprecedented third consecutive title in the poll era, and the Bulldogs were in fine form Saturday, though running back Kendall Milton believes there's more polishing to do.

"We haven't peaked. We're nowhere near the peak," he said after the 52-17 win in the team's home finale.

The entire top eight of this week's Top 25 remained unchanged, with No. 2 Michigan (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) receiving seven first-place votes and No. 3 Ohio State (10-0, 7-0) getting one.

Florida State (10-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) was No. 4, followed by Washington (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12). This is the first time in the Bowl Championship Series/College Football Playoff era that five teams from power conferences have been perfect after 10 games.

Oregon (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) was No. 6, followed by Texas (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) and Alabama (9-1, 7-0 SEC).


POLL POINTS

New to the top 10 this week were No. 9 Louisville (9-1, 6-1 ACC) and No. 10 Oregon State (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12), both with season-high rankings.

The Cardinals have their highest ranking since reaching No. 3 on Nov. 13, 2016, when Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was on his way to winning that season's Heisman Trophy as a sophomore.

Meanwhile, the Beavers are in the top 10 for the first time since Oct. 21, 2012.

No. 11 Missouri has its best ranking since finishing No. 5 in 2013. The Tigers moved up five spots after running over visiting Tennessee 36-7. The Volunteers dropped seven spots to 21st.

The teams that fell out of the top 10 this week were the losers of Saturday's big games.

Penn State (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) slipped three spots to No. 12 after falling at home to Michigan. Ole Miss (8-2, 5-2) also dropped three places to No. 13 after losing at Georgia.

Oklahoma State had the biggest slide, dropping nine spots to No. 24. The Cowboys (7-3, 5-2 Big 12) were on a five-game winning streak —capped by an emotional 27-24 victory over Oklahoma in the Bedlam rivalry series just last weekend — before Saturday's head-scratching 45-3 loss to the University of Central Florida, which improved to 5-5 and won its second straight league game after losing its first five in its first year of Big 12 competition.

Then again, it's the second puzzling defeat this year for the Cowboys, who back in September were routed by South Alabama, a Sun Belt program that's currently 5-5.


IN & OUT

Kansas (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) was the only team to drop out of the rankings this week. The Jayhawks were upset at home by Texas Tech. Replacing them was Sunflower State rival Kansas State (7-3, 5-2 Big 12) at No. 23.

The Wildcats visit Kansas on Saturday.


CONFERENCE CALL

SEC: Six (Nos. 1, 8, 11, 13, 15, 21).

Pac-12: Five (Nos. 5, 6, 10, 16, 19).

Big 12: Four (Nos. 7, 14, 23, 24).

Big Ten: Three (Nos. 2, 3, 12).

ACC: Three (Nos. 4, 9, 22).

American Athletic: One (No. 17).

Conference USA: One (No. 25).

Sun Belt: One (No. 18).

Independent: One (No. 20).


RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 1 Georgia at No. 21 Tennessee: This was No. 1 versus No. 2 last season, and the Bulldogs cruised at home to stay on top in the AP Top 25 the next day — and then jumped from third to first in the new CFP rankings that week, replacing the Vols as Tennessee dropped to fifth.

No. 5 Washington at No. 10 Oregon State: The last time the Huskies and Beavers played with both ranked was 2000. There are only three ranked matchups in 94 overall border battles for these programs.

No. 16 Utah at No. 19 Arizona: This is the series' third ranked matchup and second since the Utes moved to the Pac-12 in 2011.


AP TOP 25 SCHEDULE

No. 1 Georgia at No. 21 Tennessee, 3:30 p.m.

No. 2 Michigan at Maryland, noon

No. 3 Ohio State vs. Minnesota, 4 p.m.

No. 4 Florida State vs. North Alabama, 6:30 p.m.

No. 5 Washington at No. 10 Oregon State, 7:30 p.m.

No. 6 Oregon at Arizona State, 4 p.m.

No. 7 Texas at Iowa State, 8 p.m.

No. 8 Alabama vs. UTC, noon

No. 9 Louisville at Miami, noon

No. 11 Missouri vs. Florida, 7:30 p.m.

No. 12 Penn State vs. Rutgers, noon

No. 13 Ole Miss vs. Louisiana-Monroe, noon

No. 14 Oklahoma at BYU, noon

No. 15 LSU vs. Georgia State, 8 p.m.

No. 16 Utah at No. 19 Arizona, 2:30 p.m.

No. 17 Tulane at Florida Atlantic, noon

No. 18 James Madison vs. Appalachian State, 2 p.m.

No. 20 Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m.

No. 22 North Carolina at Clemson, 3:30 p.m.

No. 23 Kansas State at Kansas, 7 p.m.

No. 24 Oklahoma State at Houston, 4 p.m.

No. 25 Liberty vs. Massachusetts, 1 p.m.