There have been many strange weeks in the long and illustrious history of the USA TODAY Sports college football re-rank, but none quite as wacky and tumultuous as this.
The top four remained the same: Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan. Then almost everything changed, starting with a nearly complete overhaul of the top 25 following an ugly Saturday for teams across each of the Power Five conferences.
In total, six new teams cracked the re-rank’s top 25, all from No. 18 through No. 25, knocking out a series of big-name teams, including Miami (Fla.), Washington and Wisconsin.
The new-look top 25 now features a run of feel-good success stories after the first two months of the regular season. Iowa State clocks at No. 21 as the highest-ranked three-loss team in the country. Army slots in at No. 22 as the Knights continue to impress.
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And the massive changes extend across the top 70. Of these teams, 23 experienced a double-digit swing in either a positive or negative direction. Among the most drastic: Northwestern up 26 spots to No. 33, California up 27 to No. 44, South Florida down 13 to No. 50 and Colorado down 21 to No. 65. (This happens when you lose at home to Oregon State.)
New to the top 25: No. 18 Houston, No. 20 Utah State, No. 21 Iowa State, No. 22 Army, No. 23 Virginia, No. 25 Georgia Southern.
Out of the top 25: No. 29 Miami (Fla.), No. 31 Oregon, No. 32 Washington, No. 35 Wisconsin, No. 40 Texas A&M, No. 42 Appalachian State.
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