AP Top 25: Georgia still No. 1, Alabama out of top 10, Tennessee slides to No. 23

AP photo by Chris O'Meara / Alabama receiver Jermaine Burton can't catch a pass from quarterback Tyler Buchner during Saturday's game against South Florida in Tampa.
AP photo by Chris O'Meara / Alabama receiver Jermaine Burton can't catch a pass from quarterback Tyler Buchner during Saturday's game against South Florida in Tampa.

Alabama moved three spots down to 13th, dropping out of the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time in eight years, while Georgia remained No. 1 on Sunday.

Georgia received 57 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 after opening its Southeastern Conference schedule by rallying from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat South Carolina on Saturday.

Michigan held at No. 2 with two first-place votes for the Wolverines, while No. 3 Texas flipped spots with No. 4 Florida State. The Longhorns received three first-place votes and the Seminoles got one.

After scraping by South Florida on Saturday, Alabama's streak of consecutive AP poll appearances ranked in the top 10 was snapped at 128. That was the second-longest such streak in the history of the poll, behind Miami's 137 from 1985 to 1993.

The Crimson Tide are out of the top 10 for the first time since Sept. 27, 2015. They dropped out of the top 10 that September after losing at Ole Miss but moved back in on Oct. 3 and went on to win the national championship.

Georgia now has the longest active run of top-10 rankings with 37.

The ugly 17-3 win at South Florida marked Alabama's first game against a team from outside the Power Five since 2007 in which the Tide failed to score at least 20 points. In its previous 42 games against such foes, Alabama was unbeaten, with an average margin of victory of 40 points.

The rest of the top 10 is No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Washington, No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 10 Oregon.

Ohio State visits Notre Dame this Saturday as the centerpiece of a huge schedule of ranked vs. ranked games.


Alabama still has the longest streak in the country of consecutive weeks being ranked at 249.

That's the second-best run of all time but still a long way behind the record. Nebraska was ranked for 348 straight weeks from 1981 to 2002.

The next-best active streak behind Alabama belongs to Ohio State at 182, though the Buckeyes were not eligible for the first few regular-season polls of the 2020 season as the Big Ten schedule was delayed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Georgia's streak is at 102. Michigan is fourth at 34 and Utah has the fifth-longest active Top 25 streak at 25.


Kansas State was the only team to fall out of the rankings this week after losing at Missouri on a 61-yard field goal as time expired.

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Florida, at No. 25 after upsetting Tennessee on Saturday, moved back into the poll for the first time since Sept. 24, 2022.

"It validates your plan, what you're selling to a degree," second-year Florida coach Billy Napier said after the game. "That's what you want as a leader. ... That's a lot more fun."

The Vols dropped 12 spots to No. 23.

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With the Gators back in the Top 25, Florida, Florida State and Miami are all ranked for the first time since Sept. 17, 2017.


The only two ranked teams in the Big 12 this week are the ones leaving the conference after this season, Oklahoma and Texas; both will join the Southeaster Conference in 2023.

Though, to be fair, Utah and Colorado will be joining the Big 12 from the Pac-12 next year, and the Utes are No. 11 and the Buffaloes are No. 19, after winning a double-overtime thriller against Colorado State.

Pac-12: Eight (Nos. 5, 8, 10, 11, 14, 19, 21, 22).

SEC: Six (Nos. 1, 12, 13, 15, 23, 25).

ACC: Four (Nos. 4, 17, 18, 20).

Big Ten: Four (Nos. 2, 6, 7, 24).

Big 12: Two (Nos. 3, 16).

Independent: One (No. 9).


Doesn't get much better than this slate of games.

No. 6 Ohio State at No. 9 Notre Dame: For the second straight year, it's a top-10 matchup.

No. 15 Ole Miss at No. 13 Alabama: Tide is 9-3 vs. Rebels when both are ranked.

No. 22 UCLA at No. 11 Utah: The second meeting with both teams ranked. The first was last year.

No. 19 Colorado at No. 10 Oregon: The first regular-season meeting with both teams ranked.

No. 14 Oregon State at No. 21 Washington State: The Beavers and Cougars, the Pac-12's left-behind teams after this season, have played 98 times but never before when both teams were ranked.

No. 24 Iowa at No. 7 Penn State: Three of the past four meetings came when both were ranked.


Saturday, Sept. 23

No. 1 Georgia vs. UAB, 7:30 p.m.

No. 2 Michigan vs. Rutgers, noon

No. 3 Texas at Baylor, 7:30 p.m.

No. 4 Florida State at Clemson, noon

No. 5 Southern California at Arizona State, 10:30 p.m.

No. 6 Ohio State at No. 9 Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

No. 7 Penn State vs. No. 24 Iowa, 7:30 p.m.

No. 8 Washington vs. California, 10:30 p.m.

No. 10 Oregon vs. No. 19 Colorado, 3:30 p.m.

No. 11 Utah vs. No. 22 UCLA, 3:30 p.m.

No. 12 LSU vs. Arkansas, 7 p.m.

No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 15 Ole Miss, 3:30 p.m.

No. 14 Oregon State at No. 21 Washington State, 7 p.m.

No. 16 Oklahoma at Cincinnati, noon

No. 17 North Carolina at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.

No. 18 Duke at Connecticut, 3:30 p.m.

No. 20 Miami at Temple, 3:30 p.m.

No. 23 Tennessee vs. UTSA, 4 p.m.

No. 25 Florida vs. Charlotte, 7 p.m.