Alabama plummets, Ohio State stays No. 1 in NCAA Re-Rank 1-130

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Ohio State had no issues with rival Michigan and solidified its grip on No. 1 while Alabama’s loss in the Iron Bowl led the Crimson Tide to plummet out of the top four in the USA TODAY Sports NCAA Re-Rank 1-130.

The Buckeyes’ 56-27 win was blown open in the second and third quarters, turning what was a 14-13 game into the second blowout in a row in the series. While No. 2 LSU was predictably impressive against Texas A&M, it would be impossible to unseat OSU from atop the Re-Rank after yet another dominant performance against a ranked opponent.

No. 3 Clemson is joined by No. 4 Georgia in rounding out the top four, after the Bulldogs breezed past rival Georgia Tech to notch its largest margin of victory in the rivalry’s history. Next comes No. 5 Utah, which ran over Colorado, then No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 Baylor and No. 8 Wisconsin, with the Badgers the nation’s top-ranked two-loss team.

Alabama looks on after a missed field goal that would have tied its game against Auburn in the fourth quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Then comes No. 9 Alabama, which may have two quality losses (LSU and Auburn) by a combined eight points but lacks impressive wins. No defeated opponent ended the regular season with more than seven wins, while five of Alabama’s victories came against Bowl Subdivision teams that fell short of bowl eligibility.

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In addition to Wisconsin, which rose four spots after beating No. 12 Minnesota, teams such as No. 13 Memphis, No. 14 Auburn and No. 21 Virginia moved up the Top 25. At the bottom of Re-Rank, No. 130 Akron locked in a last-place finish as the lone winless team in the FBS. The worst Power Five teams are No. 124 Rutgers, No. 121 Arkansas, No. 118 Maryland and No. 114 Vanderbilt.

New to the Top 25: No. 24 Air Force, No. 25 Kansas State.

Out of the Top 25: No. 28 Oklahoma State, No. 29 Iowa State.

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