Despite Ole Miss loss, AP poll offers few surprises after near chalk Week 9

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AP released final poll before CFB Playoff Committee ranking
Sunday October 26th, 2014

We almost had ourselves a Chalk Saturday, with every higher ranked top 25 team in action winning their games, but LSU had to go and ruin the party by beating Ole Miss, 10-7, in Death Valley on Saturday night.

The Tigers jumped up from No. 24 to No. 16 in the AP Poll after their big win over previously undefeated Ole Miss, while the Rebels fell from No. 3 to No. 7. Mississippi State remained at No. 1 after beating Kentucky, Florida State held tight at the second spot, Alabama climbed to No. 3, while Auburn and Oregon rounded out the top five.

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The full Week 10 AP Poll is below (with first-place
 votes in parentheses) along with three quick thoughts.

1. Mississippi State (46)
2. Florida State (14)
3. Alabama
4. Auburn
5. Oregon
6. Notre Dame
7. Ole Miss
8. Michigan State
9. Georgia
10. TCU
11. Kansas State
12. Baylor
13. Ohio State
14. Arizona
15. Arizona State
16. LSU
17. Nebraska
18. Utah
19. Oklahoma
20. West Virginia
21. East Carolina
22. Clemson
23. Marshall
24. Duke
25. UCLA

• Despite TCU’s close loss to Baylor, the Horned Frogs continue to be one of the bigger surprises of the season. TCU is holding strong at No. 10 after dropping 82 points on Texas Tech on Saturday. Kansas State, now 4-0 in conference play, stayed at No. 11. The two teams will meet on Nov. 8 in Fort Worth in what should be a pretty critical  game with both Big 12 and College Football Playoff implications.

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• One has to figure No. 5 Oregon still has a good shot to make the playoff as well, with that Michigan State win still looking like one of the best nonconference wins in all of football. The Ducks have gotten their offense going again in recent weeks, and Marcus Mariota continues to play at a high level. Things don’t let up for Oregon, though, as the Ducks have to play a stingy defense in Stanford on Saturday.

• The SEC West is shaping up to get crazy down the stretch. After the Ole Miss loss to LSU, Mississippi State has a one-game edge at 4-0 in conference, with  Ole Miss, Alabama and Auburn all at 3-1 and LSU right behind at 3-2. Ole Miss plays Auburn this week, and LSU gets Alabama on Nov. 8 at Tiger Stadium. Let the madness commence.

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