Michigan moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, with TCU at No. 3 and USC at No. 4 behind top-ranked Georgia after four top-10 teams lost on the final day of regular-season games.
The Bulldogs (12-0) are No. 1 for the eighth straight week and 11th time this season. Georgia received 58 first-place votes, and Michigan received the other five.
The Wolverines (12-0) reached a season-high No. 2 after beating Ohio State, which dropped the Buckeyes three spots to No. 5.
TCU (12-0) has its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in the 2015 season, and USC has its best ranking this late in the season since finishing the 2016 season at No. 3.
Other top-10 teams to fall were LSU, Clemson and Oregon. LSU’s loss to Texas A&M dropped the Tigers five spots to No. 11. Clemson’s loss to South Carolina sent it falling three spots to No. 10. The Ducks’ fourth-quarter collapse against Oregon State cost Oregon a spot in the Pac-12 title game and five spots in the poll, where it fell to No. 15.
This was the eighth regular-season week since 2017 in which four top-10 teams lost, including the second this season. Three of those weeks occurred in 2017.
The last time five or more top-10 teams lost in the same regular-season week was Nov. 12, 2016, when all five lost to unranked opponents.
• No. 23 UTSA (10-2) made its season debut in the AP Top 25. The Roadrunners reached the rankings last year for the first time in the short history of the program.
Texas-San Antonio became an FBS school in 2012. The defending Conference USA champions peaked at No. 15 last season and will head into a second straight C-USA title game ranked.
• No. 20 South Carolina (8-4) is back in the rankings after its second straight upset of a top-10 team. The Gamecocks beat Clemson on Saturday after taking down Tennessee last week. South Carolina was ranked for one week in October but then immediately lost to Missouri.
• No. 25 Mississippi State (8-4) returned to the rankings for the second time this season.
• Ole Miss (8-4) fell out of the rankings for the first time this season. The Rebels reached No. 7 after starting 7-0 but finished the season losing four of five.
Pac-12: 6 (Nos. 4, 9, 12, 15, 16, 17)
SEC: 6 (Nos. 1, 6, 7, 11, 20, 25)
ACC: 3 (Nos. 10, 14, 24)
Big Ten: 3 (Nos. 2, 5, 8)
Big 12: 3 (Nos. 3, 13, 21)
American: 2 (Nos. 18, 22)
Conference USA: 1 (No. 23)
Independent: 1 (No. 19)
RANKED vs. RANKED
Championship week features five matchups of ranked teams:
• No. 11 LSU vs. No. 1 Georgia, SEC championship
• No. 3 TCU vs. No. 13 Kansas State, Big 12 championship
• No. 4 USC vs. No. 12 Utah, Pac-12 championship
• No. 10 Clemson vs. No. 24 North Carolina, ACC championship
• No. 18 Tulane vs. No. 22 UCF, American Athletic Conference championship