Georgia is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll by a unanimous vote, taking the top spot during the regular season for the first time since November 1982.
The Bulldogs (62 first-place votes) moved up one spot in the AP Top 25 on Sunday, a day after preseason No. 1 Alabama lost at Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide, the reigning Southeastern Conference and national champions, slipped four spots to No. 5 after their first defeat of the season ended an overall winning streak of 19 games and 100 wins against unranked opponents.
The last time Georgia was No. 1 was the 2008 preseason poll, but the Bulldogs slipped after the first week of games that year — even though they won — and had not been back to the top until Sunday. This is the 16th time overall the Bulldogs have held the top ranking, but it's the first time they have been a unanimous No. 1.
Auburn, the latest team smothered by Georgia's dominant defense, dropped out of the rankings after losing for the second time this season. The Tigers did manage Saturday to score an offensive touchdown, just the second one this season yielded by the Bulldogs.
After falling out of the rankings last week for the first time this season, Texas A&M is back in at No. 21 after the Aggies' Jimbo Fisher became the first former assistant to Nick Saban to beat the Alabama coach in a combined 25 attempts.
Alabama was one of two top-five teams to lose Saturday, opening the door for several teams to rise to rare heights. Iowa is No. 2, up one spot after winning a top-five matchup with Penn State, and has its best ranking since the Hawkeyes reached No. 1 in 1985.
No. 3 Cincinnati has its best ranking ever, while No. 4 Oklahoma moved up two spots after a comeback victory against Texas at the Red River Showdown in Dallas. The Longhorns have two losses but remain ranked after dropping four spots to No. 25.
No. 5 Alabama had a run of 14 straight polls at No. 1 snapped. It is out of the top three for the first time since 2019.
The Big Ten Conference dominates the back half of the top 10 with Ohio State at No. 6, Penn State at No. 7, Michigan at No. 8 and Michigan State 10th. The conference has five top-10 teams for the first time in the history of the AP poll, which dates to 1936.
The only other conference that has had half the top 10 in the rankings is the SEC, which has done it 23 times, according to ESPN. Not including last season, when some Football Bowl Subdivision teams were ineligible for the poll early in the season because their conferences were not planning on playing a fall schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic, the most recent time the SEC had five top-10 teams was the final poll of the 2019 regular season.
The Pac-12's Oregon slipped in at No. 9 on Sunday. Kentucky moved up five spots to No. 11 for the Wildcats' best ranking since 2011, and ahead this Saturday is a trip to Georgia for the de facto SEC East Division championship game.