Alabama is now a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, and Northwestern moved up to No. 11 on Sunday for its best ranking in 24 years.
For the second straight week, the top eight teams in the poll held their spots. The Crimson Tide received all 62 first-place votes after beating Kentucky 63-3, making Alabama the first unanimous No. 1 this season and the first team to do it in the regular season since 2018.
Notre Dame was No. 2, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Texas A&M. Florida was No. 6, and No. 7 Cincinnati and No. 8 BYU also held their spots.
The rest of the top 10 was No. 9 Oregon and Miami.
Northwestern moved up eight spots after beating Wisconsin 17-7 to improve to 5-0. The Badgers slipped eight spots to 18th.
No. 12 Indiana dropped three spots after putting a scare into Ohio State in the Big Ten’s other top-25 matchup Saturday. The Buckeyes beat the Hoosiers 42-35 after leading 35-7.
If Georgia's Week 12 could be summed up in a text message, it would be, "new quarterback, who dis?" The Bulldogs have reentered the top 10 of the USA Today Amway Coaches Poll following their narrow 31-24 win over a short-handed Mississippi State team. The change to quarterback JT Daniels proved to be the difference as the former USC QB tossed for 401 yards and four touchdowns in his debut.
It wasn't a conventional Georgia win, but it did beg the question of what the Bulldogs might have looked like if Daniels had been healthy enough to be inserted into the first-team offense earlier in the season. In any case, Georgia looks set at quarterback for the future.
The Bulldogs also received help getting into the top 10 due to Indiana falling two spots after losing 42-35 to Ohio State. There's an argument that the Hoosiers deserved to stay right where they were -- or even move up -- given the way they played, but conventional tendencies within the Coaches Poll prevailed.
There was little movement overall in the top 10, but Northwestern jumped seven spots up to No. 13 after defeating Wisconsin 17-7. The Badgers fell eight spots to No. 20 as a result. The only team to drop out of the rankings was Liberty after its loss to NC State on a blocked field goal.