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Oregon and Iowa made huge leaps into the top four of the USA TODAY Sports NCAA Re-Rank 1-130 but remain behind the two powerhouse teams atop the SEC.
Oregon is up to No. 3. Iowa comes in at No. 4 after notching another win against rival Iowa State, the Hawkeyes' . Alabama remains No. 1 after handling Mercer and Georgia sticks at No. 2 after sailing past Alabama-Birmingham without starting quarterback JT Daniels.
Other movers inside this week's top 25 are No. 18 Michigan, up six after beating Washington, and No. 25 Kentucky, which beat Missouri to open conference play.
Dominant defense carries No. 18 Iowa to impressive defeat of No. 17 Indiana
Riley Moss returns a pair of interceptions for touchdowns as Iowa opened with an impressive defeat of Indiana to help its Big Ten title hopes.It was an act of desperation and futility.
Several big-name programs plummeted down the 1-130 rankings after a disappointing weekend.
One is No. 41 Texas, which is down 25 spots after getting blown out at Arkansas. The Razorbacks are up to No. 35 after a 2-0 start.
HIGHS AND LOWS:
Southern California comes in at No. 46 after losing to Stanford, which has placed even more attention on coach Clay Helton's job security. Also in the Pac-12, Washington is down to No. 66 after scoring just two touchdowns across two games.
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Breaking down the top 25 in both the AP and Coaches polls following the first week of action.As always, that starts with Alabama, which looked every bit the No. 1 team in the nation after demolishing No. 14 Miami 44-13. First-time starting quarterback Bryce Young showed no significant dropoff from Mac Jones in his debut, and the defense looked better than it has in years. But the Crimson Tide aren't the only powerful team this year.
And Florida State is down 29 spots to No. 96 after what ranks among the worst losses in program history. Up 17-14 with six seconds left, the Seminoles allowed Jacksonville State of the Football Championship Subdivision to throw a 59-yard touchdown as time expired.
Meanwhile, it's getting harder to see how Connecticut ever digs out of its hole at No. 130 after another shutout loss, this time 49-0 to Purdue. The Huskies have been held scoreless in both games against Football Bowl Subdivision (Fresno State and the Boilermakers) and thrown in a loss at home to Holy Cross for good measure.
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Oklahoma, Clemson are two of the big names falling in the college football's Re-Rank 1-130 .
After a wild college football weekend, poor showings by three brand-name programs have them tumbling in this week's version of the NCAA Re-Rank 1-130.No other teams are under consideration for No. 1, which again went to the Crimson Tide after an easy win against Southern Mississippi. Georgia continues to close the gap and has a strong case of its own for the top spot after blowing away Vanderbilt 62-0.