Michigan moved to No. 2 in the Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, with TCU at No. 3 and Southern California at No. 4 behind top-ranked Georgia after losing four top 10 teams 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 in the AP Top 25 presented by the Bank of Regions. Georgia received 58 first-place votes and Michigan received the remaining five.
Wolverines (12-0) hit a season-high No. 2 after beat ohio statewhich dropped the Buckeyes three spots to No. 5.
TCU (12-0) has its best ranking since reaching No. 2 in the 2015 season, and USC (11-1) has its best season-ending ranking since finishing the season 2016 at No. 3.
The other top 10 teams to fall were LSU, Clemson and Oregon. LSU’s loss to Texas A&M dropped those Tigers five spots to No. 11. Clemson’s loss to South Carolina sent him falling three places to No. 10 Ducks fourth quarter slump 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.
It was the eighth regular-season week since 2017 that four top-10 teams lost, including the second this season. Three of these weeks took place in 2017.
The last time five or more top 10 teams lost in the same regular season week was in 2016. On the week of November 12, 2016, five top 10 teams lost, all to opponents not classified.
The results: Iowa 14, No. 2 Michigan 13; Pittsburgh 43, No. 3 Clemson 42; USC 26, No. 4 Washington 13; Georgia 13, No. 8 Auburn 7; and Mississippi 29, No. 10 Texas A&M 28.
— UTSA No. 23 (10-2) debuted in the AP Top 25. The Roadrunners reached the rankings last year for the first time in the program’s short history.
Texas-San Antonio became an FBS school in 2012. The defending Conference USA champions peaked at No. 15 last season and will be heading to a second straight ranked C-USA title game.
– No. 20 South Carolina (8-4) is back in the standings after its second straight loss to a top-10 team. The Gamecocks beat Clemson on Saturday after beating Tennessee last week. South Carolina was seeded for a week in October, but then immediately lost to Missouri.
– No. 25 Mississippi State (8-4) returned to the standings for the second time this season.
— Mississippi (8-4) dropped out of the standings for the first time this season. The Rebels moved up to 7th place after starting 7-0 but finished the season losing four out of five.
– Cincinnati (9-3) is out again. The Bearcats have rebounded for most of the season. Losing to Tulane on Friday let them down again.
– Coastal Carolina (9-2) dropped out after being routed by James Madison but still has a spot in the Sun Belt Championship game next week.
Pac-12—6 (Nos. 4, 9, 12, 15, 16, 17).
SEC – 6 (#1, 6, 7, 11, 20, 25).
ACC — 3 (Nos. 10, 14, 24).
Big Ten – 3 (#2, 5, 8).
Gros 12 — 3 (No. 3, 13, 21).
American – 2 (Nos. 18, 22).
United States Conference – 1 (No. 23).
Independent – 1 (No. 19).
RANKED vs. RANKED
Championship week features a clash of teams ranked in five conferences:
– No. 11 LSU vs. No. 1 Georgia, Southeastern Conference Championship.
– #3 TCU vs. #13 Kansas State, Big 12 Championship.
– #4 USC vs. #12 Utah, Pac-12 championship.
– No. 10 Clemson vs. No. 24 North Carolina, Atlantic Coast Conference Championship.
– No. 18 Tulane vs. No. 22 UCF, American Athletic Conference championship.
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