Bulldogs finish with Top 5 rankings in both polls

The Georgia Bulldogs finished with a Top 5 ranking in both The Associated Press and coaches’ final polls released early Tuesday. But the Bulldogs remained behind Notre Dame, which lost to Alabama 42-14 in the BCS national championship game Monday night.

Georgia (12-2) finished in a tie for fifth with Texas A&M in the AP poll, which is a compilation of media votes. Notre Dame (12-1) was fourth. The Bulldogs were fourth in the USA Today coaches’ poll, one spot behind the Fighting Irish.

This represents the third time under coach Mark Richt the Bulldogs’ have closed out a season with a Top 5 ranking. They were No. 2 in 2007 and No. 3 in 2002. It’s Georgia’s sixth Top 10 final ranking under Richt, including 2003 (7), 2004 (7), 2005 (10) and 2008 (10). It’s the 18th time overall UGA has finished ranked among the AP top 10.

Alabama secured its third BCS title in the last four years Monday night in Miami to finish No. 1. Oregon (12-1)  was second in both polls and Ohio State was ranked third in the AP, despite being on NCAA probation and ineligible for postseason play or conference championships.

Following are the complete polls:

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25

Record Pts Pv
1. Alabama (59) 13-1 1,475 2
2. Oregon 12-1 1,358 5
3. Ohio St. 12-0 1,302 3
4. Notre Dame 12-1 1,288 1
5. Georgia 12-2 1,230 6
5. Texas A&M 11-2 1,230 10
7. Stanford 12-2 1,169 8
8. South Carolina 11-2 1,038 11
9. Florida 11-2 933 4
10. Florida St. 12-2 922 13
11. Clemson 11-2 889 14
12. Kansas St. 11-2 871 7
13. Louisville 11-2 781 22
14. LSU 10-3 756 9
15. Oklahoma 10-3 615 12
16. Utah St. 11-2 456 18
17. Northwestern 10-3 443 21
18. Boise St. 11-2 419 20
19. Texas 9-4 358 NR
20. Oregon St. 9-4 303 15
21. San Jose St. 11-2 243 24
22. N. Illinois 12-2 227 16
23. Vanderbilt 9-4 180 NR
24. Michigan 8-5 147 19
25. Nebraska 10-4 119 23

Others receiving votes: Baylor 95, Penn St. 90, Cincinnati 78, Oklahoma St. 42, Tulsa 34, UCLA 31, Arkansas St. 28, TCU 9, UCF 9, Wisconsin 6, N. Dakota St. 1.

USA TODAY COACHES’ POLL

Record Pts Pvs
1. Alabama (56) 13-1 1,400 2
2. Oregon 12-1 1,322 3
3. Notre Dame 12-1 1,253 1
4. Georgia 12-2 1,213 5
5. Texas A&M 11-2 1,171 9
6. Stanford 12-2 1,167 8
7. South Carolina 11-2 1,064 10
8. Florida State 12-2 942 12
9. Clemson 11-2 916 13
10. Florida 11-2 886 4
11. Kansas State 11-2 841 6
12. LSU 10-3 775 7
13. Louisville 11-2 772 18
14. Boise State 11-2 633 15
15. Oklahoma 10-3 600 11
16. Northwestern 10-3 580 17
17. Utah State 11-2 444 20
18. Texas 9-4 398 25
19. Oregon State 9-4 366 14
20. Vanderbilt 9-4 248 NR
21. San Jose State 11-2 244 24
22. Cincinnati 10-3 186 NR
23. Nebraska 10-4 175 21
24. Northern Illinois 12-2 156 16
25. Tulsa 11-3 110 NR

Others receiving votes: Michigan 101; UCLA 75; Baylor 52; Oklahoma State 36; Wisconsin 18; Central Florida 15; Arkansas State 13; Arizona State 10; Rutgers 9; Kent State 5; Louisiana Tech 2; Arizona 1; Ohio 1.

368 comments Add your comment

Buckeye

January 8th, 2013
9:00 am

Vampire Bill

January 8th, 2013
9:01 am

Buckeye

January 8th, 2013
9:01 am

clem

January 8th, 2013
9:03 am

notre dame is not top 5 in sec…..

jalex49

January 8th, 2013
9:03 am

Congradulations to Georgia and I hope this will carry into next year as a positive. I am really excited about this and coupled with Murray coming back and hopefully some other juniors that haven’t decided their status yet, it will be an opportunity for a good year. Please stay Malcome and Mason we need you!

I really would hope that some of those considering Georgia would come on board and maybe some that de-commited will reconsider? Say Derrick Henry?

Again congrads to the team and to the coaches. Also seems to be a great hire on the defensive line coach and to Coach Miller, welcome to Georgia and the very best as a “Dawg”.

Congrads to Alabama and coach Saban and we will be hopefully have a re-match next year? Go Dawgs!

double g

January 8th, 2013
9:05 am

Bittersweet finish. 5 yards, 5 seconds, 5 ranking.

Dodgers got nuthin’ on us! Wait’ll next year!!

59bulldawg

January 8th, 2013
9:05 am

Notre Dame should not have finished in the top 5 after their performance last night.

BuckshtWillie

January 8th, 2013
9:06 am

jalex49

January 8th, 2013
9:06 am

I meant Coach Wilson. I was watching t.v. while typing and typed Miller instead of Wilson because of what was said on t.v.

Jeff in Calhoun

January 8th, 2013
9:06 am

UGA is legitimate #2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Texas A&M #3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! then who cares who is below!

GeoffDawg

January 8th, 2013
9:06 am

Oh well. Georgia would’ve clearly handled ND last night if they had the opportunity. Bama made the play they needed to so they earned the right pummel the Irish last night. Let’s just all agree that we don’t need the BCS or playoff moving forward. The SEC winner is the national champ by default.

UGA Insider

January 8th, 2013
9:07 am

The pathetic schedule of Notre Dame really hurts them when they play against the big boys. You could tell they were not prepared phsically. Notre Dame along with Ohio State who has the easiest most pathetic schedule in the nation would be 7 win teams in the SEC and that is it. I will also go as far as to say that Ohio State would finsih 5th in the SEC East this year behind UGA, UF, USCe & Vandy. Notre Dame might be able to finish above Vandy.

Remarkable

January 8th, 2013
9:07 am

This Poll is a disgrace. To put ND in front of Georgia and to put Florida in front of Louisville is unbelievable.

Frank

January 8th, 2013
9:07 am

Notre Dame may not even belong in the top 10, but certainly not 4th. Georgia should be 2nd or 3rd, with Oregon being the variable.

ozzfest

January 8th, 2013
9:08 am

Oh yeah….NOTRE DAME is a better team than Georgia…let’s see….32-28 or 42-14.
Classic default on the notion of seperation of church and state.

DOGS ARE CLEARLY #3

Not really Top 5... but kinda

January 8th, 2013
9:09 am

Since A&M tied for 5th most points also, we can safely call Ga #6. A&M will be called Top 5 since they had the same record, but actually had wins over quality teams (including the Nat’l Champ) and the Heisman Winner

Frodo

January 8th, 2013
9:09 am

Another prime example of the biased, comedic system we call “college football rankings”. Not only does the SEC deserve an apology from all sports writers, but I’d like for T’eo to give back all of his awards. Jones deserves most. Its obvious after last night.

Jeff in Calhoun

January 8th, 2013
9:12 am

Congrats to Florida State and Clemson for finally having worthy top 10 teams.

Joe

January 8th, 2013
9:12 am

That ND fetish shows again. Bama slobberknocked ‘em, but they’re still “better than the dawgs”!!! Rumor says Kentucky’s trying to schedule ND for next year’s homecoming.

Columbia SC Dawg

January 8th, 2013
9:12 am

Notre Dame and Te’o are jokes. They are a blemish on college football. They are the affirmative action team of the sport.

Clowney is King

January 8th, 2013
9:13 am

SEC is King. Clemson rated ahead of Florida? You gotta be kidding me? Florida did look pathetic in loss to Louisville (bad play, bad coaching, abandon game plan way too early), but Clemson is not that good. LSU played like it did not want to be here (Atl) and of course Mad Hatters blind luck ran out. ACC blows, heck Tech may be top in ACC!?

icedawg

January 8th, 2013
9:14 am

No way ND finishes that high or higher than UGA or T A&M. The polls are a farce.

I bought my UGA gear at WalMart

January 8th, 2013
9:17 am

It’s so obvious that the Irish are not a top 10 team. 45 to 14???? They have always been overrated by the pollsters for whatever reason. They are the darlings of the media. Note Musburger’s homeboy comments last night. Georgia and any of the top 5 SEC teams would kick ND’s butt.

HPUCK

January 8th, 2013
9:17 am

You have got to be kidding. It should be Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia. No way Notre Dame any higher than 6th

Jeff in Calhoun

January 8th, 2013
9:18 am

Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M not necessarily in that order should be in the top 5 to start the 2013 season.

Pope UGA XXIII

January 8th, 2013
9:19 am

Interesting to see how all of the Buckeye parolees – excuse me, fans – are
yapping about their wonderful season. Let’s see, you beat Nebraska and
Michigan, # 24 & 25 in the final rankings and didn’t play # 17 Northwestern.
If your monthly TV rental payment was made on time, you saw what Bama
did to that “monster from the midwest” last nite. The same applies to you
that applied to N D. If you played Bama, UGA, Texas A & M, South Carolina,
LSU, and Florida, there would be no gloating about being undefeated.

Thank God for Reggie Ball

January 8th, 2013
9:21 am

I’m starting to think this is more of an Alabama thing than an SEC thing….

damngooddawg!

January 8th, 2013
9:22 am

I knew Jarvis Jones…Jarvis was a good friend of mine….and Te’o, you’re no Jarvis Jones.

dawgfan

January 8th, 2013
9:22 am

I don’t usually get bent out of shape about the rankings but ND at #4 is a total joke. They looked like a mid level SEC team last night. I think Vanderbilt would give them a game and I am in no shape or form kidding.

ARdawg

January 8th, 2013
9:23 am

Just more proof that the BCS doesn’t work. ND obviously wasn’t number 1 and based on that performance wasn’t top 15. I am highly disappointed that was given to us as a championship. Notre Dame is as overrated as Ohio St Bugeyes

Jeff in Calhoun

January 8th, 2013
9:23 am

I say ask Coach Saban what his top 10 should be and go with that!

Larry

January 8th, 2013
9:24 am

Notre Dame being in front of Georgia is just another in the endless examples of media bias in this country. Notre Dame doesn’t belong in the top ten!

Thank God for Reggie Ball

January 8th, 2013
9:25 am

Bama just played two mammoth defensive lines and steller linebacking corps and tore both of them up

DawginLex

January 8th, 2013
9:25 am

Georgia 4 yards short

Notre Dame 4 TD’s short

Yeah, rank them ahead of us. That makes sense

willdave

January 8th, 2013
9:26 am

I agree with the announcers last night who said that the true national championship game had already taken place when Alabama played Georgia back in December. The Bulldogs came within one big play of beating BAMA. Had that occurred and the Dogs ended up playing last night, they clearly would have blown Notre Dame off the field. Georgia ought to be number 2 in this poll. At the very least they should be ranked ahead of the Fighting Irish.

Anyway, congratulations to Coach Saban and the Crimson Tide. Three national titles in four seasons. That is absolutely astounding. No one team should dominate Division 1 college football like that. The time has arrived to consider moving the Tide to the NFL. Put them in the NFC South with the Falcons, Bucs, Saints and Panthers.

Stiffneck

January 8th, 2013
9:27 am

Notre Dame should rank somewhere behind Ole Miss. Way overrated. T’eo got how many awards? Too bad Pitt didn’t win it earlier this season. Funny how the dude on espn said the true championship game was held in Atlanta a month ago.

damngooddawg!

January 8th, 2013
9:28 am

Watch the BCS poll. Georgia looses to Alabama 32 to 28 and was poised to win when a Georgia receiver caught a deflected pass and cost them the SEC and defacto national title. They dropped from 3rd to 7th. ND looses 42 to 14 and drops to………..stay tuned.

Buckeye

January 8th, 2013
9:28 am

dogs STILL cryin’ and a humpn’

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

January 8th, 2013
9:28 am

Te’o and Notre Dame are a overhyped farce. Every year, if ND has a winning team or a player that is good, they are hyped as the next great team or next Dick Butkus

CJJScout

January 8th, 2013
9:28 am

How in Hades did ND finish ahead of UGA?

@Remarkable hit the nail on the head.

Standawg

January 8th, 2013
9:29 am

All kidding aside, how awesome is it to have Texas A&M in the SEC…although, the rivalries haven’t really taken shape, yet, but what a killer program. Can’t wait to play them! Go Dawgs!

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

January 8th, 2013
9:29 am

I don’t see how Notre Dame is still ranked in the top 10 after that performance last night. They were exposed as a mediocre team and lucked out in too many of their games to count. They needed multiple overtimes to beat Pitt? Ole Miss, a 7-6 SEC team, beat Pitt like a drum.

I also can’t believe the AP voters wasted votes on Ohio State. They were on probation, guys. This season didn’t matter for them.

And I’m not sure about us being tied with A&M. Don’t get me wrong, A&M’s a great team, but we won more games than they did. Yeah, they beat Alabama, but we beat Florida. And the fact that they have the Heisman winner on their team shouldn’t count because that’s an individual achievement: Baylor didn’t get a polling boost from having RGIII on board last year, did they?

But whatever, we finished in the top 5 and had a dang good year. Now I’m excited to play in Death Valley (both of ‘em!) next year.

Go Dawgs!

Righteous

January 8th, 2013
9:32 am

The only ranking that matters in #1 the dawgs didnt get that done this year so who cares where they are ranked

nobody

January 8th, 2013
9:33 am

Noone, not even Pollack, bless his heart, had the courage to speak up too much about Georgia…I fear we have become irrelevant…. all ND must do to receive undeserved national recognition is to go unbeaten against mediocre competition….USC, another pretender, almost beat them, as did Pitt, who suffered multiple losses… maybe we need to schedule the Naval Academy to play in Ireland….

JOHN

January 8th, 2013
9:33 am

BULL, BULL, BULL, THE DAWGS SHOHLD HAVE BEEN RANKED AT LEAST #4. AND OHIO STATE….LIKE THE COACHES POLL HAD THEM….UNRATED. THEY SHOULD NOT EVEN RECEIVE A RATING. BAMA DESERVES THE #1 RANKING. N.D. SHOULD BE AT LEAST 7 OR 8. IT ALL GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT THE MEDIA WANTED N.D. IN THAT BOWL GAME REGARDLESS. THEY ARE NOT A BCS TEAM!! DAWGS GET SCREWED AGAIN!

damngooddawg!

January 8th, 2013
9:34 am

Ole Miss whipped Pitt….It took overtime for ND to squeak by them…..I’m just sayin’.

beanster

January 8th, 2013
9:34 am

I am convinced more than ever now the Buckeye is a Special Ed student in 8th grade.

bubba4dawgs

January 8th, 2013
9:34 am

How can anyone put Notre Dame at #4? They can’t play with the big boys in the SEC and next year will be another step toward proving that. Surely the polls will favor them again with a high ranking and they’ll get another cream puff schedule and move up in the polls as they’ve historically done. Several teams in the SEC could beat Notre Dame…… Texas A&M, Ga., South Carolina and maybe even Flo-ri-duh. I don’t see anyone knocking off Alabama next year. Sabin just reloads and gets the players he wants! Interesting thing he said after winning this one: “Hard work, discipline and dedication”! Quite a formula! That’s what won it for Bear Bryant and Sabin has adopted the same formula. Not hard to understand, is it UGA coaches?

BILLY JACK

January 8th, 2013
9:35 am

GEORGIA IN GREAT POSITION TO KEEP SEC DOMINANCE NEXT YEAR.GEORGIA HAS STOCKPILED PLAYERS AND SHOULD WIN 2 OR 3 NATIONAL TITLES IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS NOW THAT GARNERS LAZY AZZ IS GONE.

Tech Nerd

January 8th, 2013
9:36 am

Lets see….The mighty Jackets finished…….oh, never mind…..