Georgia Holds Firm at No 1: Georgia kept its No. 1 spot in The Associated Press college football poll for the 19th consecutive week, marking the third-best streak in the rankings’ history. Meanwhile, Alabama surged back into the top 10.
The Bulldogs secured 38 of 63 first-place votes, their second-lowest count this season, maintaining their dominance even after a week off. They outpaced No. 2 Michigan with a score of 1,536 points to 1,504.
Georgia’s No. 1 run began on October 9, 2022, trailing only Miami’s 21-week streak from 2001-02 and Southern California’s 33-week run from 2003-05.
Despite a sign-stealing investigation, Michigan bagged 19 first-place votes after a 49-0 triumph over Michigan State. Ohio State held the No. 3 spot, with the Nittany Lions slipping to 10th. The Buckeyes and No. 4 Florida State each garnered three first-place votes.
Washington and Oklahoma retained their positions at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, following close calls against unranked opponents at home. Texas and Oregon climbed a spot to No. 7 and No. 8.
Alabama surged back into the top 10 after dropping out in mid-September, marking the end of a streak of 128 top-10 appearances dating back to 2015. The Crimson Tide secured their sixth consecutive victory against Tennessee.
Coach Nick Saban acknowledged the challenges but expressed enjoyment in coaching the team, noting that they bring a positive spirit.
The Volunteers dropped four spots to No. 21.
While Washington, Oklahoma, and Texas survived scares against unranked opponents, North Carolina faced defeat. The Tar Heels lost to Virginia, marking the Cavaliers’ first win against an FBS team this season. North Carolina dropped seven spots to No. 17.
Clemson, unranked since the second week, received no points after losing its third ACC game to Miami. This marks the fourth time in the last 197 polls that Clemson has been shut out.
The number of major upsets to Top 25 teams this season remains minimal, with the current Top 25 losing a total of 23 games. Out of these losses, 19 were to other currently ranked teams.
Iowa exited the Top 25 after its second loss, making way for No. 25 James Madison. The Dukes, 7-0, briefly appeared at No. 25 last October before a three-game losing streak. In its second season in the Bowl Subdivision, JMU is ineligible for the Sun Belt Conference title and a bowl game due to NCAA rules requiring a two-year transition period for schools moving up a level.
James Madison gives the Sun Belt its first ranked team this season, joining No. 19 Air Force of the Mountain West and No. 22 Tulane of the American Athletic Conference.