Latest AP Top 25 poll of 2022 season revealed as Georgia wins national championship

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17. Oregon State (10-3) — A big year for the Beavers culminated in a 30-3 loss to Florida at the Las Vegas Bowl. Oregon State beats Florida, 30-3, with the Gators limited to just 219 total yards. Oregon State celebrates its first 10-win season since 2006.

“If you were to look back five years ago and say, ‘Hey, you’re going to have a 10-win season, win the Las Vegas Bowl, and beat an SEC team,’ there’s going to be a lot of people thinking. will laugh at us,” Oregon State linebacker Jack Colletto said. “But yet, we were finally able to run and do it. So in five years, who knows where we may be ?”

18. Our Lady (9-4) – The Fighting Irish got five touchdowns from Tyler Buchner in a 45-38 win over South Carolina at the Gator Bowl. The Irish ended 2022 with six wins in their last seven games, including top-25 wins over Syracuse, Clemson and the Gamecocks.

19. Troy (12-2) – In a top-25 matchup, Sun Belt’s Troy defeated Conference USA’s UTSA, 18-12, in the Cure Bowl. Both teams narrowly missed the chance for a New Year’s Six, but the Trojans head into 2023 with the momentum of a 12-win season.

20. Mississippi State (9-4) – The grieving Mississippi State Bulldogs earned a special victory over Illinois in the bowls season. The first game since the death of Mike Leach, Mississippi State won with a 27-yard field goal followed by a wacky 60-yard return score. It’s Zach Arnett’s first victory as a full-time head coach, 19-10 against Illini.

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