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.