Where is Georgia in USA TODAY’s postspring college football top 25?

The Georgia Bulldogs ended the 41-year drought when they beat Alabama in last year’s national championship game.

But 15 contributors from that team are gone, having been selected in April’s NFL draft. The Bulldogs will need to reload, which, thanks to stellar recruiting by Kirby Smart, should not be an issue for the 2022 squad.

Though we are still months away from the college football season, the season is starting to take shape with spring practice behind us and the transfer portal thinning. USA TODAY has released its latest top 25 after spring ball, and the Georgia Bulldogs moved up one spot since Erick Smith’s original rankings.

Here’s a look at USA TODAY’s top 10:

10

NC State Wolfpack

William Howard-USA TODAY Sports

Early Postseason USA TODAY Top 25 Ranking

Not Ranked

Last Season’s Record

9-3 (6-2)

9

BYU Cougars

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Early Postseason USA TODAY Top 25 Ranking

#13 (+4)

Last Season’s Record

10-3

8

Texas A&M Aggies

Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Early Postseason USA TODAY Top 25 Ranking

No.5 (-3)

Last Season’s Record

8-4 (4-4)

7

Michigan Wolverines

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Early Postseason USA TODAY Top 25 Ranking

#8 (+1)

Last Season’s Record

12-2 (8-1)

6

utah utes

Utah Utes players honor a pair of fallen teammates during the fourth quarter of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1, 2022. Syndication: The Columbus Dispatch

Early Postseason USA TODAY Top 25 Ranking

#7 (+1)

Last Season’s Record

10-4 (8-1)

5

Clemson Tigers

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Early Postseason USA TODAY Top 25 Ranking

No.4 (-1)

Last Season’s Record

10-3 (6-2)

4

Oklahoma Sooners

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Early Postseason USA TODAY Top 25 Ranking

#5 (+1)

Last Season’s Record

11-2 (7-2)

3

Ohio State Buckeyes

Syndication: The Columbus Dispatch

Early Postseason USA TODAY Top 25 Ranking

#2 (-1)

Last Season’s Record

11-2 (8-1)

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Georgia Bulldogs

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Early Postseason USA TODAY Top 25 Ranking

#3 (+1)

Last Season’s Record

14-1 (8-0)

What USA TODAY said:

Quarterback uncertainty loomed until Stetson Bennett decided to return, causing JT Daniels to transfer and pushing off the battle between backups Carson Beck and Brock Vandagriff for another season. Running back should be fine with Kendall Milton and Kenny McIntosh taking over duties. Brock Bowers is a star at tight end and the offensive line looks promising. The losses are huge on defense, especially in the front seven. Watching the NFL draft highlighted that. However, Kirby Smart has plenty of elite recruits waiting to step in to join veterans Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith. The same script from last year could unfold – an unbeaten regular season and lose to Alabama in the SEC title game.

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Alabama Crimson Tide

Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Early Postseason USA TODAY Top 25 Ranking

No. 1 (No Change)

Last Season’s Record

13-2 (7-1)

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