Ohio State won the national championship Monday night and, obviously, finished No. 1 in the final AP Top 25, but Georgia and Georgia Tech pulled a rare feat.
The Yellow Jackets finished No. 8 and the Bulldogs are No. 9 in the final poll, the first time since 1966 that both teams finished in the top 10.
It’s also Georgia Tech’s highest finish since it was second in the AP poll in 1990, which was the season the Yellow Jackets won the coaches’ national championship.
The Buckeyes were the fourth seed heading into the inaugural College Football Playoff before upsetting No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Oregon to win the title.
The Buckeyes finished on top of the AP Top 25 for the fifth time in program history, matching Miami and Southern California for fourth most behind Alabama (nine), Notre Dame (eight) and Oklahoma (seven).
1. Ohio State (59 first place votes)
5. Florida State
5. Michigan State
8. Georgia Tech
11. Mississippi State
12. Arizona State
16. Boise State
17. Ole Miss
18. Kansas State
Six SEC teams — Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss and Auburn — and four ACC teams — FSU, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Louisville — finished in the top 25.
This is the seventh time Georgia has finished in the top 10 in Mark Richt’s 14 years at Georgia. It is the Bulldogs’ highest finish since 2012.