Georgia received 57 first-place votes in the AP Top 25. Michigan held at No. 2 with two first-place votes. No. 3 Texas flipped spots with No. 4 Florida State. The Longhorns received three first-place votes, and the Seminoles got one.
After scraping by USF on Saturday, Alabama (2-1) saw its streak of consecutive AP poll appearances ranked in the top 10 snapped at 128. That was the second-longest such streak in the history of the poll, behind Miami‘s 137 from 1985 to 1993.
The Crimson Tide are out of the top 10 for the first time since Sept. 27, 2015. They dropped out of the top 10 that September after losing at Ole Miss but moved back in Oct. 3 and went on to win a national championship.
Georgia now has the longest active run of top-10 rankings with 37.
The ugly 17-3 win against USF marked Alabama’s first game against a non-Power 5 conference opponent since 2007 in which the Tide failed to score at least 20 points. In its previous 42 games against non-Power 5 opponents, Alabama was unbeaten, with an average margin of victory of 40 points.
The Buckeyes will visit the Fighting Irish on Saturday as the centerpiece of a huge schedule of ranked vs. ranked games.