The new Associated Press college football poll is out, and there’s been a significant shake-up at the top of the order.
Voters have seen fit to push the one-loss Georgia Bulldogs up to No. 4 in the poll after they were able to take down Auburn 21-14 on the road to move in to their third SEC Championship Game in a row, while the Crimson Tide have been bumped to fifth. Alabama beat Mississippi State 38-7 on Saturday, but lost Heisman Trophy candidate Tua Tagovailoa for the rest of the season in the process.
The 21-year-old Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated hip and posterior wall fracture after being tackled late in the second quarter of the win, with the injury serious enough that the junior QB was transported to a Birmingham hospital by helicopter. He will miss at least the remainder of the 2019 college football season, and it remains to be seen what the effect will be on his 2020 NFL draft stocks.
While ‘Bama are currently on the outside looking in to the College Football Playoff race, they have still extended their record for consecutive weeks in the top five to 67 consecutive weeks dating back to November 8th, 2015.
LSU remain top of the standings, while Ohio State and Clemson (all undefeated) fill out the top three.
In other poll news, Minnesota and Baylor both suffered their first losses for the season and consequently fell to 11th and 13th respectively. The Gophers slipped up to Iowa, while the Bears blew a 25-point home lead to Oklahoma.
After their win the Hawkeyes jumped to 19th and the Sooners to 8th.
Navy fell outside the top 25 after their disappointing rout at Notre Dame, while Appalachian State, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech entered the rankings.