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Illinois Football drops to No. 71 in S&P+ rankings after BYE week

The Week 5 rankings will be added to this post soon.

NCAA Football: Western Michigan at Illinois Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Lovie Smith and the Fighting Illini didn’t play a game on Saturday, but that didn’t prevent the program from falling in Football Outsiders’ latest S&P+ rankings. The Orange and Blue fell 10 spots to No. 71 overall, placing them behind Syracuse and ahead of Cincinnati.

While Illinois’ offense experienced a very minor improvement to No. 81 overall (+1), the defense decreased to No. 60 (-13). Special teams checked in at No. 31 (+6).

It could be worse, all things considered. At least Illinois isn’t Georgia, who plummeted 34 spots to No. 61 following a blowout loss to Ole Miss. The Fighting Illini also remain in front of several Power 5 teams, too, including Northwestern, South Carolina, and Oregon State.

Week 5 College Football Rankings

AP Coaches S&P+ Massey
1 Alabama Alabama Ohio State Ohio State
2 Ohio State Ohio State Michigan Alabama
3 Louisville Clemson Alabama Michigan
4 Michigan Louisville Louisville Louisville
5 Clemson Michigan Clemson Clemson
6 Houston Stanford Miami Stanford
7 Stanford Houston Florida Houston
8 Wisconsin (11) Wisconsin (10) Ole Miss Texas A&M
9 Texas A&M (10) Washington Stanford Tennessee
10 Washington (9) Texas A&M (13) Texas A&M Florida State
11 Tennessee (14) Tennessee (12) Washington Wisconsin
12 Florida State (13) Florida State (14) Baylor Washington
13 Baylor (16) Baylor (15) Florida State Miami
14 Miami (15) Miami (19) Virginia Tech Baylor
15 Nebraska (20) Nebraska (20) Tennessee Oklahoma
16 Ole Miss (23) Michigan State (8) Wisconsin Nebraska
17 Michigan State (8) Ole Miss (21) Houston Ole Miss
18 Utah (24) Utah (23) Boise State Boise State
19 SDSU (22) TCU (21) LSU LSU
20 Arkansas (17) Georgia (11) Oregon Arkansas
21 TCU (NR) Florida (16) Oklahoma Florida
22 Texas (21) Arkansas (18) TCU West Virginia
23 Florida (19) North Carolina (27) Nebraska TCU
24 Boise State (NR) SDSU (28) Toledo UCLA
25 Georgia (12) Texas (24) Memphis Auburn