After beating Alabama 33-18 in the national championship game on Monday night, Georgia leads the final USA TODAY Sports NCAA re-ranking 1-130 of the 2021 season, followed by the Crimson Tide.
The two SEC juggernauts are followed by No. 3 Cincinnati, No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Baylor, No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Ohio State, No. 8 Michigan State, No. 9 Oklahoma, and No. 10 Notre Dame .
The final top 25 includes seven teams from the Group of Five. After being the first team from the non-major leagues to reach the College Football Playoffs, the Bearcats No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette, No. 14 San Diego State, No. 18 Houston, No. 19 Brigham Young, No. 24 Texas-San Antonio and No. 25 in the state of Utah.
A long list of options left several very strong teams just outside the top 25. These include No. 26 Arkansas, which took another big step forward in coach Sam Pittman’s second season, and No. 27 Air Force, the three games lost a total of 17 points to opponents with a combined record of 32-9.
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Bowl games also rocked the 1-130. No. 39 Central Florida jumped 13 places after a Gasparilla Bowl win against No. 69 Florida, which fell four places. No. 49 Western Michigan rose 23 spots after No. 42 Nevada suffered a 52-24 loss in the Quick Lane Bowl. No. 50 Mississippi State fell eight after falling from No. 57 Texas Tech was mistreated at the Liberty Bowl.
At the bottom, last place in the 1-130 belongs to No. 130 Connecticut, who only defended No. 129 Massachusetts once for the bottom place in the Football Bowl Subdivision.