Georgia finishes in top five

semerson@macon.comJanuary 8, 2013 

ATHENS - Georgia is officially a top five team, although it has to share it with another SEC team.

The Bulldogs finished No. 4 in the final USA Today coaches poll, and tied for No. 5 in the final Associated Press poll. Each was released a few hours after Alabama's national championship win over Notre Dame.

The final coaches poll: 1. Alabama, 2. Oregon, 3. Notre Dame, 4. Georgia, 5. Texas A&M.

The final AP poll: 1. Alabama, 2. Oregon, 3. Ohio State, 4, Notre Dame, 5. Georgia and Texas A&M tied.

So the main difference in the two polls, besides being tied in the AP, is Ohio State: The Buckeyes are on probation and ineligible for the BCS, therefore were not eligible to be ranked in the coaches poll. But the AP has a longstanding policy of ranking teams on probation.

This is the highest Georgia has finished in the rankings since after the 2007 season, when it was No. 2 in the AP poll and No. 3 in the coaches poll.

There were five SEC teams in the AP top 10: South Carolina was No. 8 and Florida was No. 9.

You can see the final full polls right here. And the final coaches poll right here

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