Change atop college football polls, Georgia remains in chase

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Georgia football beat an undefeated Notre Dame team that was ranked in the Top 10 on Sept. 21, but the Bulldogs have more work to do to impress the college football world.

There’s a different No. 1 team in the college football polls this week, but there’s nothing new about them.

Alabama has reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25, Coaches Poll and FWAA Super 16 polls released on Sunday.

The Crimson Tide moved past defending national champion Clemson, which fell to No. 2 after struggling to a 21-20 win at unranked North Carolina on Saturday.

Georgia, which didn’t play a football game this weekend, held the No. 3 spot in the AP Top 25 and Coaches’ Polls. The Bulldogs received four first-place votes in the AP Top 25 poll, one first-place vote in the Coaches’ Poll and a first-place vote in The FWAA Super 16.

According to the Associated Press, previously the last time an AP No. 1-ranked team won and dropped was Ohio State on Nov. 7, 2015, after a 28-14 home win over Minnesota  It has happened 74 times previously since the poll started in 1936.

This season’s Ohio State team jumped idle LSU for the No. 4 spot in the AP Top 25 poll after its impressive 48-7 win at Nebraska on Saturday.

Clemson has won 20 straight games dating back to the end of the 2017 season, including a 44-16 win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff Championship Game last January.

But college football polls can be fickle, and the Tide rolled over Ole Miss (59-31) while the Tigers were barely getting by the Tar Heels on Saturday.

There could be more shakeups in the next week. Alabama and Clemson are idle, and Ohio State faces a tough Michigan Sate defense.

Undefeated No. 7-ranked Auburn plays at No. 10-ranked and undefeated Florida in a battle of Top 10 teams that will be played at 3:30 p.m. and televised by CBS.

Georgia plays at Tennessee in ESPN’s 7 p.m. slot, giving the Bulldogs a chance to impress on national television, as well.

AP Poll Top 25 Week 5 2019 college football rankings

(first-place votes in parenthesis)

Coaches Poll Top 25

FWAA Super 16 Poll

Mike Griffith FWAA Ballot


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