USC joins AP top four; Michigan up to No. 2 behind top-ranked Georgia

USC joins AP top four; Michigan up to No. 2 behind top-ranked Georgia



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

The Bulldogs (12-0) are No. 1 for the eighth straight week and 11th time this season. 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 State, which dropped the Buckeyes three spots to No. 5.

Team Record
1. Georgia (58) 12-0
2. Michigan (5) 12-0
3. TCU 12-0
4. USC 11-1
5. Ohio State 11-1
6. Alabama 10-2
7. Tennessee 10-2
8. Penn State 10-2
9. Washington 10-2
10. Clemson 10-2
11. LSU 9-3
12. Utah 9-3
13. Kansas State 9-3
14. Florida State 9-3
15. Oregon 9-3
16. Oregon State 9-3
17. UCLA 9-3
18. Tulane 10-2
19. Notre Dame 8-4
20. South Carolina 8-4
21. Texas 8-4
22. UCF 9-3
23. UTSA 10-2
24. North Carolina 9-3
25. Mississippi State 8-4

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

Other top-10 teams to fall were LSU, Clemson and Oregon. LSU’s loss to Texas A&M dropped the Tigers five spots to No. 11. Clemson’s loss to South Carolina sent it falling 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, which beat the Crimson Tide on a last-second field goal at home earlier this season.

No. 8 Penn State and No. 9 Washington both have their best rankings of the season. The Huskies haven’t been in the top 10 since the 2018 season, when they peaked at No. 6.

POLL POINTS

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

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

IN

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

2 Related

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

• No. 20 South Carolina (8-4) is back in the rankings after its second straight upset of a top-10 team. The Gamecocks beat Clemson on Saturday after taking down Tennessee last week. South Carolina was ranked for one 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.

OUT

• Ole Miss (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 losing four of five.

• Cincinnati (9-3) is out again. The Bearcats have bounced in and out for most of the season. Losing to Tulane on Friday dropped them out again.

• Coastal Carolina dropped out after being routed by James Madison but still has a spot in the Sun Belt championship game next week.

CONFERENCE CALL

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)
Big 12: 3 (Nos. 3, 13, 21)
American: 2 (Nos. 18, 22)
Conference USA: 1 (No. 23)
Independent: 1 (No. 19)

RANKED vs. RANKED

Championship week features five matchups of ranked teams:

• No. 11 LSU vs. No. 1 Georgia, SEC championship

• No. 3 TCU vs. No. 13 Kansas State, Big 12 championship

• No. 4 USC vs. No. 12 Utah, Pac-12 championship

• No. 10 Clemson vs. No. 24 North Carolina, ACC championship

• No. 18 Tulane vs. No. 22 UCF, American Athletic Conference championship



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