Even before playing a game, LSU falls in the USA TODAY Sports NCAA Re-Rank after losing another two stars, wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase and defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin, off last year's national championship-winning roster.
No. 7 in the debut rankings, the Tigers fall to No. 11. The new No. 7, Texas A&M, replaces LSU in the SEC pecking order, trailing No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia and No. 6 Florida.
Chase and Shelvin were expected to be the linchpins of a team that still figured to be a factor in the SEC and College Football Playoff race. With both opting out of this season to prepare for the 2021 NFL draft, the Tigers' chances of winning another conference title and reaching the national semifinals take a significant hit.
Ja'Marr Chase will not play for LSU this season after deciding to opt out of the college football season due to health concerns related to COVID-19. (Photo: Sue Ogrocki, AP)
With a smaller list of games scheduled for Week, 1 the Re-Rank saw minor changes involving teams such as No. 20 Brigham Young, which climbed 10 spots after an impressive win against No. 44 Navy, and No. 32 Army. The Black Knights are up 16 after beating No. 59 Middle Tennessee.
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There was a switch at the bottom of the Re-Rank. Texas-El Paso moved up one spot, to No. 75, after opening with a win against Stephen F. Austin. The Miners are replaced in last by Texas-San Antonio. There are 76 teams competing in the Bowl Subdivision, down from the normal amount of 130, since several conferences and various individual teams have opted to not play due to health concerns posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
There will be significantly more movement after Week 2, which will include teams from the ACC and Big 12. The SEC will open play on Sept. 26.
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