College football's defending national champion, the LSU Tigers are out of the AP’s Top 25. After losing to a previously winless Missouri 45-41 on Saturday. The Tigers have fallen to a 1-2 record and are out of the rankings for the first time since 2017. The last defending national champion to be unranked happened 9 years ago with Auburn following Cam Newton’s departure.
LSU lost their star QB Joe Burrow - who was drafted number one overall in the 2020 NFL Draft by The Cincinnati Bengals. Despite Number 17 LSU’s drop, some schools have held steady at the top of the rankings. Clemson remains in the No. 1 spot, with Alabama at No. 2 and Georgia at No. 3. This will now set up an interesting top-three matchup on Saturday when the Crimson Tide hosts the Bulldogs.
The top 5 unranked schools fighting for a spot are Marshal, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, TCU and UCF.