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The Latest College Football Playoff Rankings Have Been Released

In its inaugural season, the College Football Playoff committee meets every week to decide their latest top 25 teams.

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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:

Team Record Last Week
1. Mississippi State 8-0 1
2. Florida State 8-0 2
3. Auburn 7-1 3
4. Oregon 8-1 5
5. Alabama 7-1 6
6. TCU 7-1 7
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
12. Baylor 7-1 13
13. Nebraska 8-1 15
14. Ohio State 7-1 16
15. Oklahoma 6-2 18
16. LSU 7-2 19
17. Utah 6-2 17
18. UCLA 7-2 22
19. Arizona 6-2 12
20. Georgia 6-2 11
21. Clemson 6-2 21
22. Duke 7-1 24
23. West Virginia 6-3 20
24. Georgia Tech 7-2 NR
25. Wisconsin 6-2 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:

Check back in every Tuesday for an update on what the inaugural College Football Playoff bracket will look like!