Georgia's 2012 football season, which almost resulted in a shot at the BCS title, has produced its highest final ranking in years.
The Bulldogs finished tied for fifth nationally, with fellow SEC member Texas A&M, in the final Associated Press poll, which was released Tuesday (January 8).
Of course, Alabama, which defeated Notre Dame 42-14 on Monday in the BCS title game, was ranked No. 1. The Fighting Irish fell to No. 4.
-- Do you agree with Georgia's co-No. 5 finish? How do you think UGA will fare in 2013? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
The Bulldogs, who defeated Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl on January 1, finished 12-2, tied for most wins in school history. The 1980 national championship team and the 2002 Sugar Bowl team both finished with 12 wins.
Texas A&M handed Alabama its only loss of the 2012 regular season, and the Aggies also won the Cotton Bowl in 2013.
According to the AP, a panel of 60 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country votes on the poll weekly, and after the bowl games. All of the voters have an extensive background in covering college football.