Michigan moved up to No. 2 in Sunday’s The Associated Press college football poll, with TCU at No. 3 and Southern California at No. 4 behind top-ranked Georgia after four top-10 teams lost on the final day of regular-season play.
The Bulldogs (12-0) are No. 1 for the eighth straight week and 11th time this season in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. Georgia received 58 first place votes and Michigan received the other five.
The Wolverines (12-0) reached a season high 2 after defeating Ohio Statewhich dropped the Buckeyes three spots to No. 5.
TCU’s record (12-0) since reaching No. 2 in the 2015 season, and USC (11-1) has its best postseason ranking since finishing the 2016 season at No. 3.
The other top teams that fell were LSU, Clemson and Oregon. LSU’s loss to Texas A&M those Tigers dropped to No. 11. Clemson’s loss to South Carolina dropped him three spots to No. 10 The Ducks fell in the fourth quarter against Oregon State it cost Oregon a spot in the Pac-12 title game and five spots in the poll, where it fell to No. 15.
It was No. 6 Alabama, just ahead of Tennessee, that beat the Crimson Tide on a second-straight home run earlier in the season.
The best ratings are at No. 8 Penn State and No. 9 Washington both of the season. The Huskies haven’t been ranked in the top 10 since the 2018 season, when they peaked at No. 6.
It was the eighth regular season week since 2017 where four top 10 teams lost, including the second this season. Three of those weeks happened in 2017.
The last time five or more top 10 teams lost in the same regular season was 2016.
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.
— No. 23 UTSA (10-2) makes its first season appearance 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 go to a second straight C-USA title game.
– No. 20 South Carolina (8-4) is back in the rankings after its second straight upset of a top-10 team. The Gamecocks defeated Clemson on Saturday after taking down Tennessee last week. South Carolina was ranked for one week in October, but then lost to Missouri.
– No. 25 Mississippi State (8-4) returned to the rankings for the second time this season.
– Mississippi (8-4) fell out of the rankings for the first time this season. The Rebels reached No. 7 after starting 7-0 but ended the season losing four of five.
– Cincinnati (9-3) is out again. The Bearcats have bounced in and out for most of the season. A loss to Tulane on Friday dropped them again.
– Coastal Carolina (9-2) dropped out after being defeated by James Madison but still has a spot in next week’s Sun Belt championship game.
LOSS OF COLLECTION
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 (Numbers 3, 13, 21).
American — 2 (Nos. 18, 22).
US Conference — 1 (No. 23).
Independent – 1 (No. 19).
RESEARCH vs. RESEARCH
The tournament week will feature a matchup of teams ranked in five conferences:
– No. 11 LSU vs. No. 1 Georgia, Southeastern Conference championship.
– No. 3 TCU vs. No. 13 Kansas State, Big 12 championship.
– No. 4 USC vs. No. 12 Utah, Pac-12 tournament.
– No. 10 Clemson vs. No. 24 North Carolina, Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
– No. 18 Tulane vs. No. 22 UCF, American Athletic Conference championship.
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