Georgia ranked first in Tuesday’s final coaches’ poll, a day after winning its second straight College Football Playoff National Championship. After a 65-7 loss to the Bulldogs inTCU finished No. 2, ahead of No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Ohio State in the final rankings.
Alabama pushed for a place in the Top 4 with a dominant 45-20 win over Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl, but the Crimson Tide finished 5th behind the college football playoff teams. Tennessee finished sixth with a 31-14 win over Clemson in the Orange Bowl, giving the SEC three teams in the final top 6.
Perhaps the biggest winner of the final rankings alongside Georgia was No. 9 Tulane, who added a second top-15 win over USC at the Cotton Bowl to return to the rankings for the first time since 1998. Troy also moved up the finals at No. 20 after a 12-2 season under coach Jon Sumrall in his freshman year. Pac-12 schools USC and Utah both fell out of the top 10 with losses in their bowl games.
Below are the final rankings in the Top 25 Coaches Poll. First place votes are in parentheses.
Coach Poll Top 25
- Georgia (63)
- State of Ohio
- State of Florida
- State of Kansas
- Oregon State
- Our lady
- State of Mississippi
- South Carolina
- State of Fresno
Others get votes: UTSA (68), Minnesota (57), Air Force (50), Duke (47), North Carolina (35), Boise State (22), Texas Tech (13), South Alabama (9), Iowa (9) , Wake Forest (6), Ohio (6), Maryland (4), Louisville (3), Cincinnati (3), BYU (3), UCF (2), Purdue (1), Ole Miss (1)
fallen out: No. 22 UTSA, No. 25 North Carolina
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