1. Mississippi State (9-0, Last Week: 1st, CFP Playoff Ranking: 1st)
The Bulldogs took care of business in a 45-16 win over UT-Martin on Saturday. Now they prepare for their biggest game in school history–a trip to Alabama for a matchup that is (according to these rankings) between two of the top three teams in the nation.
2. Florida State (9-0, 2nd, 3rd)
It wasn’t a blowout, but the Seminoles remained unbeaten with a 34-20 win over Virginia. This week, they travel to rival Miami for a primetime game which may be their best chance to lose before a potential ACC title game.
3. Alabama (8-1, 3rd, 5th)
The Crimson Tide somehow survived a trip to Baton Rouge, despite nearly giving the game away late, in a 20-13 overtime win over LSU. After beating the Tigers, it gets even tougher, as the Tide host Mississippi State, with the Iron Bowl also looming in just a few weeks.
4. Oregon (9-1, 6th, 2nd)
Despite Utah’s all-time record of 4-1 at home against ranked opponents coming into Saturday, Oregon came out of Salt Lake City with a 51-27 win, helped in part by a crazy fumble recovery for a touchdown. Now the Ducks should be able to coast into the Pac-12 title game if they take care of business in their two easiest games since September.
5. TCU (8-1, 8th, 4th)
In what was billed as a pretty even matchup of #6 and #7 in the nation, TCU doubled up Kansas State in a 41-20 win, and now control their own destiny in the Big 12, with their only blemish coming at the hands of a huge Baylor 4th quarter comeback. With remaining games at Kansas and Texas and at home against Iowa State, controlling that destiny should be fairly easy.
6. Arizona State (8-1, 10th, 6th)
The Sun Devils proved they are for real with a 55-31 win over Notre Dame, in a game which they led 38-10 at half. Now in the thick of the playoff race, they get a couple of lighter tests starting with Oregon State this week, before heading to Arizona the day after Thanksgiving, as well as a potential Pac-12 Championship Game.
7. Baylor (8-1, 12th, 7th)
Baylor overwhelmed Oklahoma with a 48-14 win on the road in Norman, making a statement that they are, in fact, a playoff-contending team. The Bears only blemish was a road loss at West Virginia, and they are at home the rest of the way, hosting Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Kansas State.
8. Ohio State (8-1, 11th, 8th)
The Buckeyes picked up a convincing primetime win on the road, beating Michigan State, 49-37, in East Lansing. They are, very quietly, ranked fourth in the nation in scoring offense, and this week take that show to Minnesota in their final road game of the season.
9. Auburn (7-2, 4th, 9th)
The Tigers were stunned by Texas A&M, 41-38, fumbling twice in the closing minutes to seal the Aggies’ upset. Now, while the Tigers need a lot of help to reach the inaugural playoff, they can still affect the SEC race as spoiler, with games at Georgia and Alabama sandwiching a light non-conference game with Samford.
10. Ole Miss (8-2, 14th, 10th)
After tough back-to-back SEC West losses, Ole Miss rebounded with a 48-0 win over FCS opponent Presbyterian. This week the Rebels get a bye before heading to Arkansas and hosting Mississippi State in possibly the biggest Egg Bowl ever.
11. Michigan State (7-2, 7th, 12th)
12. Nebraska (8-1, 18th, 16th)
13. LSU (6-3, 13th, 17th)
14. Notre Dame (7-2, 5th, 18th)
15. Kansas State (7-2, 9th, 13th)
16. UCLA (8-2, 17th, 11th)
17. Georgia (7-2, 19th, 15th)
18. Clemson (7-2, 16th, 19th)
19. Marshall (9-0, 20th, unranked)
20. Duke (8-1, 21st, 21st)
21. Arizona (7-2, 22nd, 14th)
22. Wisconsin (7-2, 25th, 20th)
23. Oklahoma (6-3, 15th, unranked)
24. Georgia Tech (8-2, unranked, 22nd)
25. Missouri (7-2, unranked, unranked)
Also ranked in CFP Rankings: Texas A&M (7-3, 24th), Minnesota (7-2, 25th)
Fell from rankings: West Virginia (6-3, 23rd, unranked), Utah (6-3, 24th, 23rd)