Cincinnati climbs to No. 2 and becomes the highest-ranked Group of Five team in the history of the USA TODAY Sports NCAA Re-Rank 1-130, taking advantage of the chaos caused by Iowa’s stunning loss at home to Purdue.
There’s still an enormous gap separating No. 1 Georgia from the rest of the field. The Bulldogs did allow two touchdowns in a game for the first time this season but had no issues beating Kentucky, which dropped six spots to No. 13.
Rounding out the top four are No. 3 Alabama, which rebounded to hand Mississippi State a 40-point loss, and No. 4 Oklahoma, which was sparked by true freshman quarterback Caleb Williams in Saturday night’s win against TCU.
The Hawkeyes’ 24-7 defeat to the Boilermakers causes a shakeup among the Big Ten, which still has several teams crowding near the top of the 1-130. The conference is now paced by No. 5 Michigan, followed by No. 8 Ohio State, No. 9 Iowa, No. 10 Michigan State and No. 11 Penn State.
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One team surging up the 1-130 is No. 6 Oklahoma State, which is up seven after beating Texas. The unbeaten Cowboys are winning on defense and with a strong running game driven by Utah State transfer Jaylen Warren.
Another handful of teams are climbing toward the top 25, including No. 27 Air Force, No 28 UCLA, No. 30 Utah and No. 33 Virginia. The Utes pulled off an impressive second-half comeback to knock off Arizona State and remain the only team still unbeaten in Pac-12 play.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: College football NCAA Re-Rank: Georgia leads Cincinnati, Alabama