Mississippi State stays atop Playoff rankings; Oregon moves to No. 4
The complete rankings are as follows:
1. Mississippi State
7. Kansas State
10. Notre Dame
11. Ole Miss
14. Ohio State
23. West Virginia
24. Georgia Tech
Three quick thoughts on the rankings:
1. Many thought Florida State might replace Mississippi State in the No. 1 position in the selection committee's rankings this week, but that didn't happen. The Bulldogs held on to the top spot despite struggles against a talented-but-unranked Arkansas team in Starkville. The 'Noles, meanwhile, stayed at No. 2 after rallying to beat a tough Louisville team on the road last Thursday night.
2. Ole Miss dropped from No. 4 to No. 11 after its loss to Auburn over the weekend. Even with two losses in a row, the Rebels are ranked ahead of one-loss Baylor, which dropped a game at No. 23 West Virginia, and one-loss Ohio State, which fell to Virginia Tech earlier this year. Ole Miss' two losses have been good ones, of course, at No. 16 LSU and against No. 3 Auburn at home.
3. Does TCU deserve to sit behind Alabama? Currently the sixth-ranked Horned Frogs boast two wins over playoff-ranked teams (Oklahoma and West Virginia) while the vaunted Crimson Tide haven't beaten a ranked opponent since the first weekend of the season. That win also came against the Mountaineers. Coach Nick Saban's crew might be getting the benefit of the doubt for a tougher schedule still to come, one that includes games against No. 16 LSU, No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 3 Auburn.