Georgia, Tide, Michigan, Cincinnati, Baylor lead the Top 25 final

Georgia are No.1 in the Associated Press’s latest college football poll of the season after winning their second national title by beating Alabama.

The Bulldogs received all 61 first-place votes in the poll presented by Regions Bank to be a unanimous No.1 for the ninth time this season. The only other time Georgia finished No.1 was 1980 after their debut championship.

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The Tide finished No.2, giving the Southeastern Conference the top two teams in the final standings for the third time since 2011.

Michigan was No.3, the Wolverines’ best final ranking since winning the national championship in 1997 and their first top 10 since 2006.

The No.4 Cincinnati, who became the first non-Power Five team to reach the playoffs, finished with his best final standings. No. 5 Baylor too; The Bears’ previous best result in the AP poll was No.7 in 2014.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart celebrates after the College Football Playoff Championship soccer game against Alabama on Tuesday, Jan.11, 2022 in Indianapolis.  Georgia won 33-18.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart celebrates after the College Football Playoff Championship soccer game against Alabama on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 in Indianapolis. Georgia won 33-18.
(AP Photo / Darron Cummings)

Ohio State was No. 6 and Oklahoma State was seventh. The Cowboys had their best poll result since being third in 2011.

Notre Dame was eighth, Michigan State ninth and Oklahoma 10th, giving the Big 12 three of the top 10 teams.

This is Michigan state’s first top 10 in a three-game winning streak from 2013 to 2015. Michigan’s two Big Ten schools both finished the season in the top 10 for the first time. times since 1999.

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Utah was No.12, BYU was 19th, and Utah State was No.24, marking the first time Beehive State has seen its top three college football teams finish the season in the standings.

Clemson finished 14th, breaking a six-season streak in which the Tigers were no worse than fourth in the final Top 25.

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