AP top 25 football: Georgia is No. 1; Big Ten grabs half of top 10

Georgia running back Zamir White celebrates with quarterback Stetson Bennett.
Georgia running back Zamir White (3) celebrates with quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) after scoring a touchdown against Auburn on Saturday in Auburn, Ala.
(Butch Dill / Associated Press)

Georgia was the new No. 1 in the Associated Press college football poll Sunday by a unanimous vote, taking the top spot during the regular season for the first time since November 1982.

The Bulldogs (62 first-place votes) moved up one spot in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, a day after preseason No. 1 Alabama lost at Texas A&M. The defending national champion Crimson Tide slipped four spots to No. 5 after its first loss of the season.

After falling out of the rankings last week for the first time this season, the Aggies are back in at No. 21.


Alabama was one of two top-five teams to lose Saturday, opening the door for several teams to rise to rare heights.

Iowa is No 2, up one spot after winning a top-five matchup with Penn State. The Hawkeyes have their best ranking since they reached No. 1 in 1985.

No. 3 Cincinnati has its best ranking ever.

No. 4 Oklahoma moved up two spots after a come-from-behind victory against Texas in the Red River Rivalry.

No. 5 Alabama had a run of 14 consecutive polls at No. 1 ended. It is out of the top three for the first time since 2019.

The Big Ten dominates the back half of the top 10 with Ohio State at No. 6, Penn State at No. 7, Michigan at eighth and Michigan State 10th. The Big Ten has five top-10 teams for the first time in the history of the AP poll, which dates to 1936.

Oregon slipped in at No. 9. Kentucky moved up five spots to No. 11 for the Wildcats’ best ranking since 2011.


Texas A&M quarterback Zach Calzada shook off an injury to lead the Aggies to an inspiring win over Alabama that turned college football upside down.

Oct. 10, 2021

1. Georgia
2. Iowa
3. Cincinnati
4. Oklahoma
5. Alabama
6. Ohio State
7. Penn State
8. Michigan
9. Oregon
10. Michigan State
11. Kentucky
12. Oklahoma State
13. Mississippi
14. Notre Dame
15. Coastal Carolina
16. Wake Forest
17. Arkansas
18. Arizona State
19. Brigham Young
20. Florida
21. Texas A&M
22. North Carolina State
23. Southern Methodist
24. San Diego State
25. Texas

Others receiving votes:

Auburn 106, Clemson 63, Baylor 62, Texas San Antonio 22, Mississippi State 7, Kansas State 3, Air Force 2, Appalachian State 2, Pittsburgh 1.