Only the top four teams will make it into the first-ever College Football Playoff, but that doesn't stop the selection committee from cranking out their top 25 teams every week of the season. For a reference of what exactly it is the committee is looking for, check out SBNation's excellent round-up here. The college football world saw lots of shake-up last weekend that most certainly had an effect on the rankings. Who moved up and who fell down? Without further ado, here is this week's updated rankings:
|1. Mississippi State||8-0||1|
|2. Florida State||8-0||2|
|7. Kansas State||7-1||9|
|8. Michigan State||7-1||8|
|9. Arizona State||7-1||14|
|10. Notre Dame||7-1||10|
|11. Ole Miss||7-2||4|
|14. Ohio State||7-1||16|
|23. West Virginia||6-3||20|
|24. Georgia Tech||7-2||NR|
A couple interesting things to note here:
- West Virginia is the only three-loss team to make the top 25, while Duke is the lowest-ranked one-loss team sitting at 22nd overall. Ole Miss is the highest-ranked two-loss team at #11.
- There are four Big Ten teams ranked, but it's looking like Michigan State is the only one with a realistic shot at a playoff berth.
- Alabama and TCU just missed out coming in at 5th and 6th overall respectively.
- Jeff Long was interviewed after the reveal on ESPN, and he said "Florida State wasn't really all that close to pushing Mississippi State out of the top spot."
- Oregon cracks the top-four for the first time this season. If the season ended today, the bracket would look like this: