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AP Top 25 poll: Alabama leaps back to No. 1, Notre Dame at No. 5 in latest college football rankings


An authoritative win over previously top-ranked Georgia was enough to catapult Alabama to No. 1 in the new AP Top 25 released Sunday. The Crimson Tide were No. 4 in the previous poll, but made a compelling case for why they deserve to be No. 1 again during a 41-24 beating of the Bulldogs in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game.

Alabama’s elevation left Michigan at No. 2 even after the Wolverines thrashed Iowa 42-3 in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday night. Notre Dame was also on the rise in Sunday’s poll, despite the fact that the Fighting Irish lost head coach Brian Kelly to LSU last week and did not play in a conference championship game. The Fighting Irish are up to No. 5 after previously coming in at No. 6.

Other big risers in Sunday’s all included Baylor jumping from No. 9 to No. 6 after beating Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship Game and Utah rising from No. 14 to No. 10 following its win over Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

Check out the full AP Top 25 below. First-place votes are in parentheses. 

1. Alabama (50)

2. Michigan (9)

3. Georgia

4. Cincinnati (3)

5. Notre Dame

6. Baylor

7. Ohio State

8. Ole Miss

9. Oklahoma State

10. Utah

11. Michigan State

12. BYU

13. Pitt

14. Oklahoma

15. Oregon

16. Louisiana

17. Iowa

18. NC State

19. Clemson

20. Wake Forest

21. Houston

22. Arkansas

23. Texas A&M

24. UTSA

25. Kentucky

Others receiving votes: Utah State 109, Wisconsin 66, San Diego State 63, Minnesota 38, Purdue 36, Louisiana Tech 11, Appalachian State 9, Army 7, Mississippi State 4, Penn State 4, Northern Illinois 1

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