Alabama will head into the postseason the same way it started the regular season: No. 1 in the nation.
The Crimson Tide reclaimed the top spot in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday after beating previously top-ranked Georgia.
The defending national champions were No. 1 for the first six weeks of this season, and they jumped three spots after dominating Saturday's SEC title game.
Alabama received 50 of 62 first-place votes from the media panel. The Bulldogs fell to No. 3.
In between, Michigan was No. 2 for a second straight week after winning the Big Ten championship for the first time since 2004. The Wolverines received nine first-place votes.
Cincinnati slipped a spot to No. 4, though it is only four points behind Georgia and received three first-place votes. The Bearcats are the only remaining unbeaten FBS team in the country.
The College Football Playoff field was to be set later Sunday, with those same teams expected to hold the top four spots.
Alabama is No. 1 in the AP poll for the 137th time, the most in the history of the ranking, which dates to 1936.
Ohio State is second with 105 appearances at No. 1, and Oklahoma is third at 101.
Just one team moved back into the Top 25 after championship weekend: UTSA is No. 24 after winning the Conference USA title.
SEC: 6 (Nos. 1, 3, 8, 22, 23, 25)
ACC: 4 (Nos. 13, 18, 19, 20)
Big Ten: 4 (Nos. 2, 7, 11, 17)
Big 12: 3 (Nos. 6, 9, 14)
American: 2 (Nos. 4, 21)
Pac-12: 2 (Nos. 10, 15)
Conference USA: 1 (No. 24)
Sun Belt: 1 (No. 16)
Independents: 2 (Nos. 5, 12)