Ohio State retakes the No. 1 spot ahead of LSU in NCAA Re-Rank 1-130

Paul Myerberg


Published 9: 13 AM EST Nov 18, 2019

If only there was a way to have co-No. 1 teams in the USA TODAY Sports NCAA Re-Rank 1-130. That might be a way to properly praise and acknowledge the play of three teams that have lapped the rest of the field in the Bowl Subdivision. Unfortunately, there can be only one No. 1.

Ohio State is back atop the heap after yet another breeze past a Big Ten opponent, this time Rutgers. With two weeks left in November, the Buckeyes lead the nation in scoring offense, scoring defense and yards allowed per play.

The Buckeyes replace LSU, which remains unbeaten and shows no signs of slowing down offensively but has clear flaws on defense. The Tigers allowed 614 yards of offense in Saturday’s 51-37 win against Ole Miss, led by 402 yards rushing on 9.4 yards per carry.

Clemson stays at No. 3 only due to the lack of a marquee win on the Tigers’ schedule. Yet the dominance is clear: Clemson has won four games in a row by 45 or more points, the first FBS team to do so since 1972, as quarterback Trevor Lawrence brings his already impressive game to another level.

There were a few cosmetic changes to the Top 25. Georgia is up two spots to No. 5 after outlasting No. 20 Auburn, which fell five spots. No. 7 Oklahoma is up three after beating Baylor, which fell only slightly to No. 10. Likewise with No. 8 Minnesota, which is down just two after losing to No. 16 Iowa, which rose eight spots.

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And on the flip side, the race for No. 130 seems settled. After wins by New Mexico State and Rice, No. 130 Akron stands as the only winless team in the FBS with games remaining after Miami (Ohio) and Ohio. The Zips have scored 47 points and allowed 218 in MAC play.

New to the Top 25: No. 23 Oklahoma State, No. 24 Iowa State, No. 25 Texas A&M.

Out of the Top 25: No. 30 Navy, No. 32 Texas, No. 37 Louisiana Tech.

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