Bulldogs finish ranked No. 4 in coaches’ poll and No. 5 in AP

Georgia’s third 12-win season in program history produced the third top-five finish under coach Mark Richt.

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Linebacker Christian Robinson (45) runs with a Georgia flag after the Bulldogs beat Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla.

The Bulldogs are No. 4 in the final USA Today coaches’ poll and No. 5 in the final Associated Press rankings. They were released early this morning after Alabama dominated Notre Dame 42-14 to win the BCS title on Monday night.

It’s the first time Georgia ended a season in the top five since 2007 when the Bulldogs were No. 2 in the AP poll and No. 3 in the coaches’ poll after an 11-2 season that included a Sugar Bowl win over Hawaii. Georgia also finished in the top five under Richt in 2002 with a No. 3 ranking when the Bulldogs went 13-1 and won the SEC championship.

Alabama, which won the SEC’s seventh straight SEC title, is No. 1 in the coaches’ poll. The Crimson Tide finished 13-1. Oregon (12-1) and Notre Dame (12-1) are the only other teams ahead of Georgia (12-2). Texas A&M (11-2) rounded out the top five.

In the AP poll, the Bulldogs finished behind Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

Georgia and Texas A&M were tied for the No. 5 spot.

The Bulldogs were five yards away from going to the BCS title game, but lost 32-28 to Alabama in the SEC championship.  Texas A&M dealt Alabama its only loss, 29-24.

Georgia moved up a spot in the rankings after its 45-31 win over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.

Richt gets a $100,000 bonus for finishing in the top five in either poll.

The SEC had five of the top 10 teams in the AP poll, becoming the first conference to do that. South Carolina was No. 8 and Florida was No. 9. The SEC had seven ranked teams in all—LSU was No. 14 and Vanderbilt No. 23.

Now, it’s on to the 2013 season.

Georgia has already been installed as 30 to 1 favorites to win the BCS title next season, according to RJ Bell of Pregame.com. Alabama is 3 to 1.

Associated Press

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’

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.

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