UGA Reclaims No. 1; Kentucky, Arkansas in the Top 10

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer

Georgia reclaimed the top spot in the Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, and Kentucky, Oklahoma State and Arkansas entered the top 10 after a turbulent weekend across the country.

The defending national champion Bulldogs, who started the season ranked third in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Banks, took two weeks to get back to where they spent most of last year.

Georgia skipped Alabama after earning a 33-0 win over Samford.

But it wasn’t so much about what the Bulldogs did this week as what they did last week, combined with the Crimson Tide needing a late field goal to escape Texas on Saturday.

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Georgia, which opened the season beating Oregon 49-3, received 53 of the media panel’s 63 first-place votes. No. 2 Alabama received nine first-place votes, and No. 3 Ohio State got one first-place vote.

Michigan’s No. 4 and Clemson’s No. 5 retained their spots, but the rest of the top 10 was shuffled.

Oklahoma moved up a spot to No. 6. Southern California jumped three places to No. 7, its highest ranking since September 2017.

The rest of the top 10 are newcomers: No. 8 from Oklahoma State moved up three spots. No. 9 Kentucky jumped 11 spots to its highest ranking since reaching No. 8 in October 2007. And No. 10 Arkansas was up six.

After being upset at home by schools in the Sun Belt, Texas A&M fell from No. 6 to No. 24 and Notre Dame dropped from No. 8.

The Aggies were beaten by Appalachian State and the Fighting Irish fell to 0-2 after losing to Marshall.

It was the fifth time in the last 10 seasons and the first time since 2020 that two top 10 teams lost at home to unranked sides in the same week.

Notre Dame is unranked for the first time since Sept. 17, 2017, marking a streak of 80 consecutive poll appearances, which was fourth in the nation behind Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia among active races.

Winning and losing No. 1, as Alabama did, is a common occurrence. Since the AP’s college football poll began in 1936, it’s happened 91 times.

The last time this happened was in 2019 when twice during the season the top spot flipped twice as the teams went undefeated.

– The Texas No. 21 was rewarded for his efforts against Alabama by entering the rankings for the first time since Oct. 10.

The Longhorns are believed to be the first team to lose and enter the AP Top 25 since Missouri did so in 1997. This happened after the famous Flea Kicker game against Nebraska.

– The No. 22 Penn State has appeared in the rankings for the first time since dropping out in mid-November last year in a late-season slide.

– Oregon’s No. 25 is back after racking up 70 points over Eastern Washington.

— Wisconsin’s 17-14 home loss to Washington State knocked the Badgers out of the standings for the first time this season.

–Houston dropped out after losing in overtime at Texas Tech, the Cougars’ second straight overtime game to open the season.

SEC — 8 (#1, 2, 9, 10, 15, 18, 20, 24).

ACC — 5 (#5, 13, 16, 19, 23).

Big Ten – 4 (#3, 4, 11, 22).

Big 12 — 4 (No. 6, 8, 17, 21).

Pac-12 — 3 (#7, 14, 25).

Independents – 1 (#12).

#12 BYU to #25 Oregon. Second consecutive Power Five opponent for the Cougars.

No. 13 Miami at No. 24 Texas A&M. The loss to Aggies cost College Station a chance to host ESPN’s “College GameDay,” but it’s still a ranked teams clash.

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