It was always certain that Week 1 would end with a new No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports Re-Rank of the Football Bowl Subdivision. While Ohio State held the honor heading into the season, the winner of Alabama and Florida State – ranked second and third, respectively, on the debut list – was always going to leapfrog into the top spot.
Well, here’s Alabama. For the umpteenth time in the long and storied history of the NCAA 1-130 Re-Rank, the Crimson Tide sit at No. 1, pushing the Buckeyes back a spot to No. 2. Another familiar face rounds out the top three: Clemson hops up from No. 5 after dismantling Kent State in its opener.
Florida State’s case was interesting to mull over. The Seminoles did lose their quarterback, Deondre Francois, to a year-ending injury, but how FSU does from this point forward isn’t important for re-rank purposes. In general, the Seminoles might have flattened by the Crimson Tide.
But if you watched the game you saw two fairly evenly matched teams, with one, Florida State, undone by carelessness with the football and a distinct disadvantage on special teams. So even after losing by 17 points to the Tide, the Seminoles only drop one spot to No. 4.