No. 1 Georgia leads top 5 unchanged; Ducks, UCLA slip – The Oakland Press

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By RALPH D. RUSSO

No. 1 Georgia led an unchanged top five in the Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, while the rest of the Top 25 was shuffled after the loss of eight ranked teams – including two big upsets in the Pac -12.

For the second straight week, the Bulldogs received all but one of 63 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. No. 2 Ohio State received the other vote for first place.

No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 TCU and No. 5 Tennessee held onto their spots after their wins on Saturday, with only the Horned Frogs facing a real challenge.

Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and Tennessee won by a combined 203-60 against conference opponents.

Home losses to Oregon (to Washington) and UCLA (to Arizona) shook up the rest of the top 10. No. 6 LSU and No. 7 Southern California each moved up a spot.

The last time two Pac-12 top-10 teams lost at home in the same weekend was Oct. 2-4, 2014, when No. 2 Oregon fell 31-24 to Arizona 31-24 and No. 8 UCLA was beaten 30-28 by Utah.

Alabama jumped two spots to No. 8 after falling to No. 10 for the season last week. Clemson moved up four spots to re-enter the top 0 at No. 8 and Utah climbed to No. 0.10.

SURVEY POINTS

Georgia is closing in on a school record.

The Bulldogs are No. 1 for the ninth time this season, tying the total from last season, when they won the national title for the first time in 41 years.

Georgia has been No. 1 a total of 33 times in school history, one behind Michigan for 12th place in AP Poll history.

The Bulldogs are in Kentucky next week and close out the season against Georgia Tech. Barring a major upset, they will enter the Southeastern Conference championship against LSU with 11 weeks as the top-ranked team in the nation.

IN

Of the four teams that entered the standings this week, Coastal Carolina is the only one making its season debut. The 23rd-ranked Chanticleers have now reached the Top 25 in each of the past three seasons.

– No. 22 Cincinnati is back. The Bearcats give the American Athletic Conference a season high with three ranked teams with No. 17 Central Florida and No. 21 Tulane.

– Oklahoma State’s No. 24 returned after ending a two-game losing streak by beating Iowa State.

— Oregon State’s number 25 is also back. The Beavers snapped a nine-year drought in the polls two weeks ago, immediately lost a close game in Washington and dropped out, then returned Sunday after beating California.

OUT

Texas season in the rankings: Unranked in first two polls, moved in for two weeks in September, away for two weeks, for two weeks, back for a week and now gone again.

– Illinois fell after a second straight loss at home.

North Carolina State is unseeded for the first time this season after the Wolfpack were upset at home by Boston College.

— Liberty’s move into the Top 25 only lasted a week. The Flames chained a win at Arkansas to enter the standings losing to UConn to fall.

CONFERENCE CALL

The upset Ducks and Bruins crushed Pac-12 hopes of putting a team in the college football playoffs. A consolation prize: the conference now has more ranked teams than it has since September 15, 2019.

Pac-12 — 6 (#7, 10, 12, 15, 16, 25).

SEC — 5 (#1, 5, 6, 8, 14).

ACC — 3 (Nos. 9, 13, 20).

American – 3 (Nos. 17, 21, 22).

Big Ten – 3 (#2, 3, 11).

Big 12 — 3 (#4, 19, 24).

Sunbelt – 1 (No. 23).

Independent – 1 (No. 18).

RANKED vs. RANKED

The big Pac-12 games have faded, but they’re still at the top of the marquee.

No. 7 USC at No. 16 UCLA.

No. 10 Utah to No. 12 Oregon.

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