Alabama takes over at No. 1 and Notre Dame rises to No. 2 in NCAA Re-Rank 1-127

Alabama slides up to No. 1 and Notre Dame climbs to No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports NCAA Re-Rank 1-127.

After spending the past few weeks threatening Clemson's hold on No. 1, Alabama claims the top spot after the Tigers' 47-40 double-overtime loss at Notre Dame. 

That win gives the Irish a stronger case for No. 2 than Ohio State, which stays in third after breezing past Rutgers. While OSU has been undeniably impressive, the Irish have played four more games overall than the Buckeyes and three more against Power Five competition.

Alabama running back Najee Harris (22) pushes back Tennessee defensive back Trevon Flowers (1) during the second half at Neyland Stadium.
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And no OSU win can come close to Notre Dame's win against Clemson, which hadn't lost in the regular season since 2017. Since the narrow loss came on the road and with several key players unavailable, the Tigers only fall to No. 4.

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The 1-127 has a harder time with the Florida and Texas A&M conundrum. The Gators just beat Georgia. The Aggies were off. Both have one loss, with Florida's coming by a field goal to A&M. While beating the Bulldogs would normally lead to a big jump in the rankings, Florida only moves up two spots to No. 7 and remains just behind No. 6 A&M.

This week's 1-127 also found two preseason Big Ten contenders continuing to plummet down the rankings. Penn State is down 24 to No. 59 after falling to 0-3. And Michigan is down another 16 spots to No. 66 after losing to Indiana, which is up to No. 12.


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