Week 14: Games Played Through Dec. 4, 2021
|TEAM||POINTS||FIRST-PLACE VOTES||LAST WEEK’S RANK|
|5.||Notre Dame (11-1)||602||6|
|7.||Ohio State (10-2)||519||7|
|8.||Ole Miss (10-2)||454||8|
|9.||Oklahoma State (11-2)||408||5|
|10.||Michigan State (10-2)||311||11|
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Louisiana (26), Clemson (24), Houston (17), NC State (17), UTSA (15), Wake Forest (13), Arkansas (12), Kentucky (8), Texas A&M (4), Utah State (2), Wisconsin (1).
Alabama’s victory over previously No. 1-ranked Georgia vaulted the Crimson Tide into the top spot of the final poll. That’s where they began the season before they were upset by Texas A&M in October.
Georgia had held the top spot for eight straight weeks before Saturday, seven of those the Bulldogs were unanimous No. 1 picks before Alabama’s impressive victory in the SEC Championship Game. The Bulldogs fell to No. 3, with Michigan holding at No. 2 after the Wolverines’ big victory over Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game.
There were other minor changes in the poll with Baylor moving up to No. 6 after beating Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship Game. The Cowboys fell from fifth to ninth. And Utah jumped from No. 15 a week ago to No. 11 after topping Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game. The Ducks fell from No. 10 to No. 15. Pitt moved to No.12 after beating Wake Forest in the ACC Championship Game.
The Big Ten led all conferences with four teams in the poll. followed by the SEC and Big 12 with three each, The Independents and Pac-12 had two each, and the ACC and American conferences one each.
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