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AP College Football Poll 2022-23: Final Top 25 Rankings After CFP Championship

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 10, 2023

INGLEWOOD, CA - JANUARY 09: Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) celebrates with his teammates after a touchdown during the Georgia Bulldogs game versus the TCU Horned Frogs in the College Football Playoff National Championship game on January 9, 2023, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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It turns out a 65-7 victory in the College Football Playoff national championship game is enough to convince the Associated Press voters that you are the top team in the country.

The final AP Poll of the 2022 campaign was released following Georgia's throttling of TCU, and the Bulldogs checked in as an obvious No. 1:

1. Georgia

2. TCU

3. Michigan

4. Ohio State

5. Alabama

6. Tennessee

7. Penn State

8. Washington

9. Tulane

10. Utah

11. Florida State

12. USC

13. Clemson

14. Kansas State

15. Oregon

16. LSU

17. Oregon State

18. Notre Dame

19. Troy

20. Mississippi State

21. UCLA

22. Pittsburgh

23. South Carolina

24. Fresno State

25. Texas

While roster turnover that comes with the transfer portal, recruiting and NFL draft decisions will surely impact the outlook for the 2023 season before it starts, Georgia will likely begin the next AP Poll right where it finished in this one.

After all, the Bulldogs are back-to-back national champions and left absolutely no doubt about how Monday would unfold from the start.

They jumped out to a 38-7 lead by halftime and continued to add on after intermission against a TCU team that was simply overmatched from a talent and physicality standpoint. Stetson Bennett threw four touchdowns and ran for two more and will forever be remembered as a Georgia legend. Meanwhile, the defense had no trouble slowing down TCU's attack.

In terms of the AP Poll, there may be some debate about where teams should slot in for the rest of the rankings, but there was zero question about who the No. 1 team was after the dust settled.

Now the 2023 season will be defined by Georgia's attempt at a three-peat as the rest of the college football world attempts to catch up to the two-time reigning champions.