Bama Still No. 1, Georgia Jumps To 2, And Florida Soars In At 12 After Upset Of No. 7 Utah

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No. 3 Georgia’s 49-3 walloping of No. 11 Oregon moved the Bulldogs to No. 2 in the nation behind remaining No. 1 Alabama, and Oregon fell out completely in the first regular season Associated Press poll of 2022 released Tuesday afternoon.

Unranked Florida’s 29-26 upset of No. 7 Utah in Coach Billy Napier’s debut in Gainesville, Florida, launched the Gators to No. 12. That was the biggest jump for an unranked team since Wisconsin entered at No. 10 in 2016. Utah fell to No. 13. Notre Dame fell from No. 5 to No. 8 after losing 21-10 to previous No. 2 Ohio State, which is now No. 3

The rest of the top 10 has Michigan at No. 4, Clemson at No. 5, Texas A&M at No. 6, Oklahoma at No. 7, Baylor at No. 9 and USC at No. 10.

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Tennessee Volunteers head coach Josh Heupel high fives Tennessee Volunteers offensive lineman Parker Ball (65) during the college football game between the Tennessee Volunteers and Ball State Cardinals on September 1, 2022, at Neyland Stadium, in Knoxville, TN. (Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Volunteers Make A Top 25 Appearance

Tennessee appeared in its first top 25 poll under second-year coach Josh Heupel at No. 24 after a 59-10 win over Ball State. The SEC has eight teams in the poll – most of any league.

The rest of the poll features No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 14. Michigan State, No. 15 Miami, No. 16 Arkansas, No. 17 Pittsburgh, No. 18 North Carolina State, No. 19 Wisconsin, No. 20 Kentucky, No. 21 BYU, No. 22 Ole Miss, No. 23 Wake Forest and No. 25 Houston.

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests.

A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention.

Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at, and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.

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