Georgia jumps two spots in AP poll ahead of first playoff rankings out Tuesday

Georgia jumps two spots in AP poll ahead of first playoff rankings out Tuesday

Georgia WR Lawrence Cager gets past Florida defensive back Jeawon Taylor following up his touchdown reception with a two-point conversion to take a 24-10 lead during 4th quarter. Georgia beat Florida 24-17. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

With nine ranked teams off this weekend, including four of the top five, there was little movement throughout the AP Top 25.

LSU is No. 1 for a second consecutive week and Alabama is No. 2. The Tigers and Crimson Tide on Saturday will play the first regular-season 1-2 game since the same two did it in 2011.

Georgia jumped two spots to No. 6 after beating Florida in the weekend's biggest game. The Gators slipped four spots to No. 10.

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Navy joins fellow three American Athletic Conference members No. 17 Cincinnati, No. 19 Memphis and No. 23 SMU in the Top 25. Four ranked teams matches a high for the 7-year-old American, which was born from the collapse of the Big East.

Ohio State is No. 3 as the margin among the top three teams widened a bit after last week’s historically close vote. The first-place vote distribution stayed the same. The Tigers received 1,479 points and 17 first-place votes, Alabama had 1,472 points and 21 first places, and Ohio State got 1,467 points and 17 firsts. No. 4 Clemson received the other seven first-place votes and Penn State remained No. 5.

POLL POINTS 

The first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings come out Tuesday night.

Since the selection committee started ranking teams around this point in the season, only last year did it have the same four teams in the top as the AP poll that was released two days earlier. And never has the first CFP rankings' first four matched the preceding AP top four.

Top fours in order:

2014

AP: Mississippi State, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn 
CFP: Mississippi State, Auburn, Florida State, Mississippi

2015

AP: Ohio State, Baylor, Clemson, LSU 
CFP: Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, Alabama

2016

AP: Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington 
CFP: Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Texas A&M

2017

AP: Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Wisconsin 
CFP: Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson

2018

AP: Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, LSU 
CFP: Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame

OUT 

Appalachian State was the only team to fall out of the rankings this week. The Sun Belt Conference's lone representative lost for the first time this season, falling at home to Georgia Southern on Thursday.

CONFERENCE CALL 

The American also had four ranked teams on Nov. 8, 2015 (Houston, Temple, Navy, Memphis). The Midshipmen are ranked for the first time since 2017 and already have more than doubled their win total from last season's disappointing 3-9 finish.

Big Ten — 6 (Nos. 3, 5, 13, 14, 16, 19) 
SEC — 5 (Nos. 1, 2, 6, 10, 12) 
American — 4 (Nos. 17, 19, 23, 25) 
Big 12 — 3 (Nos. 9, 11, 20) 
ACC — 2 (Nos. 4, 22) 
Pac-12 — 2 (Nos. 7, 8) 
Mountain West — 2 (Nos. 21, 24) 
Independent — 1 (No. 15)

RANKED vs. RANKED 

No. 1 LSU at No. 2 Alabama. A playoff eliminator? Or is this just for seeding?

No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota. Coach P.J. Fleck’s unbeaten Gophers could row the boat right into playoff contention.

No. 19 Iowa at No. 18 Wisconsin. Huge game in the Big Ten West.

COMPLETE TOP 25:

  1. LSU
  2. Alabama
  3. Ohio State
  4. Clemson
  5. Penn State
  6. Georgia
  7. Oregon
  8. Utah
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Florida
  11. Baylor
  12. Auburn
  13. Minnesota
  14. Michigan
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Wisconsin
  17. Cincinnati
  18. Iowa
  19. Memphis
  20. Kansas State
  21. Boise State
  22. Wake Forest
  23. SMU
  24. San Diego State
  25. Navy