1. Mississippi State (8-0, Last Week: 1st, CFP Ranking: 1st)
Arkansas once again came close to upsetting a ranked opponent, and the Bulldogs once again survived a close game with their opponent, winning 17-10. They’ll get a breather this week against UT-Martin.
2. Florida State (8-0, 2nd, 2nd)
The Seminoles survived a tough road test in a 42-31 win last Thursday at Louisville. This week should be an easier test for the ‘Noles as Virginia comes to Tallahassee, but this team isn’t as dominant as they were last year.
3. Alabama (7-1, 3rd, 5th)
The Crimson Tide enjoyed a bye last week, after their 14-point win over Tennessee. The bye gave them time to prepare for a tough two-week stretch, at LSU and at home against Mississippi State.
4. Auburn (7-1, 5th, 3rd)
The Tigers went on the road and beat Ole Miss, 35-31, in a de factor playoff elimination game, dodging a couple bullets to earn the win. Texas A&M visits Auburn this week as the Tigers host their last home conference game of the season.
5. Notre Dame (7-1, 4th, 10th)
The Irish struggled a bit in a 49-39 win over Navy, and fell a spot in these rankings. They can re-solidify themselves among the elite, however, with a win Saturday when they take on Arizona State in the desert.
6. Oregon (8-1, 6th, 4th)
The Ducks dispatched of Stanford on Saturday, beating the Cardinal 45-16 to avenge losses to them the last two seasons. Next is a tough road test, facing a Utah team that is 4-1 all-time at home against ranked opponents.
7. Michigan State (7-1, 9th, 8th)
Sparty enjoyed a bye week in between their win over Michigan and their big game with Ohio State, a de facto elimination game in both the Big Ten and the playoff race. A program normally known for its defense has been most efficient offensively this season.
8. TCU (7-1, 10th, 6th)
Speaking of offense, the Horned Frogs are 2nd in the nation with 48.0 points per game. That offense led them to a 31-30 comeback win over West Virginia last week, setting up a huge matchup Saturday against Kansas State.
9. Kansas State (7-1, 11th, 7th)
Although their toughest stretch is still to come in November, the Wildcats are undefeated in Big 12 play, with their only loss coming in a close game against Auburn. They now face TCU after beating Oklahoma State 48-14 to enter the top ten of these rankings for the first time.
10. Arizona State (7-1, 12th, 9th)
Also in these rankings for the first time are the Sun Devils of Arizona State, who have won three close games over ranked opponents, including an overtime win over Utah on Saturday. This week, as they enter the top ten, they face their toughest test yet, as they host Notre Dame in a virtual elimination game for both teams’ playoff hopes.
11. Ohio State (7-1, 13th, 14th)
12. Baylor (7-1, 14th, 12th)
13. LSU (7-2, 15th, 16th)
14. Ole Miss (7-2, 7th, 11th)
15. Oklahoma (6-2, 16th, 15th)
16. Clemson (6-2, 17th, 21st)
17. UCLA (7-2, 22nd, 18th)
18. Nebraska (8-1, 24th, 13th)
19. Georgia (6-2, 8th, 20th)
20. Marshall (8-0, 23rd, unranked)
21. Duke (7-1, unranked, 22nd)
22. Arizona (6-2, 19th, 19th)
23. West Virginia (6-3, 20th, 23rd)
24. Utah (6-2, 21st, 17th)
25. Wisconsin (6-2, unranked, 25th)