Louisiana-Lafayette up, Florida State down in latest NCAA Re-Rank 1-76
Florida State dropped 20 spots to No. 47 in the USA TODAY Sports NCAA Re-Rank after flopping in coach Mike Norvell's debut while Clemson remains entrenched at No. 1 after opening with an easy win against Wake Forest.
The Seminoles' 16-13 loss to Georgia Tech, which rose to No. 39, was strangely similar to Willie Taggart's debut two years ago, a sloppy loss to Virginia Tech. In both cases, early hype surrounding the hire has been extinguished after losing at home as the favorite against a conference opponent.
There were no such issues for Clemson, which looked the part of the nation's best team in beating the Demon Deacons 37-13. The top nine from last week's re-rank remained the same: Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Florida, Texas A&M, Texas and Central Florida.
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The new Texas offense was firing in the 59-3 win against Texas-El Paso. Senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw for 429 yards and five scores in the first half alone. Oklahoma redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler tossed four touchdowns in his first start.
Overall, however, it was a bad weekend for the Big 12. No. 33 Iowa State fell out of the Top 25 after losing to No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette. The Ragin' Cajuns surged up 12 spots to No. 12. No. 37 Kansas tumbled after losing to No. 32 Arkansas State. The blow to the league's reputation impacted Oklahoma State, which is down six spots to No. 19 without playing a game.
And the Big 12 is now home to the re-rank's worst: Kansas is the new team No. 76 after losing 38-23 at home to No. 55 Coastal Carolina.