Georgia’s streak atop AP poll hits 22 straight weeks

RALPH D. RUSSO Associated Press

Georgia extended its streak of weeks ranked in the AP Top 25 to 22 on Sunday, giving the Bulldogs the second-longest streak as No. 1 in the 87-year history of the college football poll .

The Bulldogs received 54 first-place votes after defeating Mississippi in a top-10 game on Saturday night. Georgia broke a tie with Miami, which has made 21 straight appearances at No. 1 from 2001-02.

The streak No. 1 longest in Southern California. The Trojans have spent 33 straight polls at No. 1 from 2003-2005.

The top eight of this week’s Top 25 were all unchanged, with No. 2 Michigan receiving seven first-place votes and No. 3 Ohio State getting one.

Florida State was No. 4, followed by No. 5 Washington. The top five in the rankings are all 10-0, marking the first time in the BCS/CFP era that five teams from so-called power conferences have been perfect after 10 games.

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Oregon was No. 6, followed by Texas and Alabama.

Poll points

New to the top 10 this week was No. 9 Louisville and No. 10 Oregon State, both with season-high ratings.

The Cardinals have their highest rankings since reaching No. 3 on November 13, 2016, by Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.

The Beavers are in the top 10 for the first time since Oct. 21, 2012.

No. 11 Missouri has its best ranking since finishing No. 5 in 2013.

The teams that fell out of the top 10 this week were the ones who lost the big games on Saturday.

Penn State slipped three spots to No. 12 after losing at home to Michigan. Mississippi also dropped three spots to No. 13 after losing to Georgia.

In & out

Kansas was the only team to fall out of the rankings this week. The Jayhawks were upset at home by Texas Tech.

Kansas State came in at No. 23 in their place.

Conference call

SEC — 6 (No. 1, 8, 11, 13, 14, 21).

Pac-12 – 5 (No. 5, 6, 10, 16, 19).

Large 12 — 4 (No. 7, 14, 23, 24).

Big Ten – 3 (No. 2, 3, 12).

ACC — 3 (No. 4, 9, 22).

US Congress – 1 (No. 25).

Independent – 1 (No. 20).

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No. 1 Georgia at No. 21 Tennessee. Was No. 1-vs.-No. 2 last season.

No. 5 Washington at No. 10 Oregon State. The last time the Huskies and Beavers played with both ranked was 2000. There were only three ranked matchups in 94 total meetings.

No. 16 Utah at No. 19 Arizona. Third in the playoff and second since the Utes moved to the Pac-12 in 2011.

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