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Batterson's ballot: The final countdown
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Batterson's ballot: The final countdown

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Georgia's Adonai Mitchel catches a touchdown pass over Alabama's Khyree Jackson during the second half of the College Football Playoff championship football game Monday night in Indianapolis.

My ballot for the final Associated Press college football poll of the season was submitted just minutes ago.

The national poll is scheduled to be released within a couple of hours tonight.

There is a change at the top with Georgia pulling away late to defeat Alabama for that national title and the Bulldogs moving from the number four spot on my most recent ballot on Dec. 5 into the top spot with wins over Michigan and Alabama.

Georgia and Alabama were the only teams to fill the top spot on my ballot this season. With their move in the final ballot, the Bulldogs topped my poll nine times. The Tide filled that spot eight times.

Michigan and Cincinnati fill the third and fourth spots with Ohio State, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma rounding out my top 10.

In a season filled with parity - or chaos as it was called at times - only seven of my final top 10 were listed on my preseason top 25. Baylor, Ole Miss and Michigan State earned their into that elite company with their work over the course of the season and success in bowl games.

The Wolverines, Buckeyes and Spartans are among six Big Ten teams on my final ballot.

I have Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin clustered together in the 19th through 21st spots. That's a drop of two spots for the Hawkeyes following their three-point loss to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl and one spot bump up for the Gophers and Badgers following their bowl wins.

Kentucky and San Diego State, both ranked earlier in the season, are the lone newcomers on my final ballot. BYU and UTSA exit.

Here is my ballot for the final AP poll of the season, which will be released shortly:

1. Georgia

2. Alabama

3. Michigan

4. Cincinnati

5. Ohio State

6. Baylor

7. Oklahoma State

8. Michigan State

9. Notre Dame

10. Oklahoma

11. Mississippi

12. Houston

13. Louisiana

14. Wake Forest

15. Kentucky

16. Utah

17. Pittsburgh

18. North Carolina State

19. Iowa

20. Minnesota

21. Wisconsin

22. Oregon

23. Clemson

24. Army

25. San Diego State


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