The newest USA TODAY Sports NCAA Re-Rank has shakeups in the SEC and in the Top 25, as Alabama steps up to No. 2 and several big-name programs drop after another stunning Saturday.
Alabama replaces No. 3 Ohio State while No. 4 Georgia and No. 5 Florida swap spots. The Bulldogs hold the edge for beating No. 16 Auburn, though the Gators' explosive offense might be one of the nation's best.
The re-rank is most notable for which teams aren't even in the Top 25. One is No. 26 LSU, which bounced back with an easy win against Vanderbilt but is hurt by No. 25 Mississippi State's loss to No. 44 Arkansas. (The Bulldogs beat LSU 44-34 in the opener. Meanwhile, the Razorbacks made one of the biggest weekly leaps in re-rank history by moving up 74 spots.)
Alabama running back Brian Robinson Jr. runs between Texas A&M defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal (8) and Texas A&M linebacker Aaron Hansford at Bryant-Denny Stadium. (Photo: Gary Cosby Jr, The Tuscaloosa News)
Another team outside the Top 25 is No. 36 Oklahoma, which fell to 1-2 after losing to No. 20 Iowa State. Joining the Tigers and Sooners are No. 35 Texas, which lost 33-31 to No. 32 TCU, and No. 28 Central Florida, which lost to No. 57 Tulsa for the second year in a row. No. 14 Oklahoma State is the lone Big 12 team in the Top 25.
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There are six Group of Five teams in the Top 25: No. 10 Cincinnati, No. 17 Louisiana-Lafayette, No. 19 SMU, No. 21 Brigham Young, No. 22 Boise State and No. 25 Marshall.
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