The field for the College Football Playoff is beginning to thin. Who's got the inside track to finish in the top four? Find out in this week's Power Rankings.

By Martin Rickman
October 27, 2014

Every neighborhood had one: the house that would give out pencils or raisins or stickers instead of candy on Halloween. You’d still go by their house in the hopes they finally wised up and changed their ways, but without fail there you were, stuck with one of those faded yellow Pencilmates (with the graphite that broke off when you started writing anyway) instead of the good stuff.

It was still something, so you couldn’t put it with the houses that deliberately turned their lights off and ignored the doorbell, pretending not to be home rather than having the courage to face the kids and say, “Nah, we don’t give out anything on Halloween.” The Raisins Lady deserved some praise, but it was never a contender for Top Trick Or Treating Spot.

That’s the part of the season we’ve reached in the Power Rankings. There are teams out there who have rightfully earned a place in the top 25, but they’re not going to make the playoff. They’ve either hurt themselves too much and too early, don’t (or won’t) have the wins to make it count, or in the case of a team like Marshall, just don’t play anybody good enough to prove it. You can’t skip over them because they still might surprise you, but we’ve come to know what to expect.

As for everybody else, they’re going house to house and filling up their pillowcases with all the sugary deliciousness. In just a few weeks, they’ll be dumping out their bags on the coffee table to compare what they got, and some teams are going to end up with a better haul than others.

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1Mississippi State Bulldogs
last week: 2
record: 7-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Arkansas

2Florida State Seminoles
last week: 3
record: 7-0

Next game: Thursday at Louisville

3Oregon Ducks
last week: 4
record: 7-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Stanford

4Auburn Tigers
last week: 5
record: 6-1

Next game: Saturday at Ole Miss 

5Michigan State Spartans
last week: 6
record: 7-1

Next game: Nov. 8 vs. Ohio State

6Ole Miss Rebels
last week: 1
record: 7-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Auburn

7Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 7
record: 7-1

Next game: Nov. 8 at LSU

8Notre Dame Fighting Irish
last week: 8
record: 6-1

Next game: Saturday at Navy

9Georgia Bulldogs
last week: 9
record: 6-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Florida (at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.)

10Baylor Bears
last week: 10
record: 6-1

Last game: Lost to West Virginia, 41-27
Next game: Saturday vs. Kansas
11TCU Horned Frogs
last week: 11
record: 6-1

Last game: Beat Texas Tech, 82-27
Next game: Saturday at West Virginia
12Kansas State Wildcats
last week: 12
record: 6-1

Last game: Beat Texas, 23-0
Next game: Saturday vs. Oklahoma State
13Arizona State Sun Devils
last week: 14
record: 6-1

Last game: Beat Washington, 24-10
Next game: Saturday vs. Utah
14Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 13
record: 6-1

Last game: Beat Penn State, 31-24 (2OT)
Next game: Saturday vs. Illinois
15Nebraska Cornhuskers
last week: 16
record: 6-1

Last game: Beat Rutgers, 42-24
Next game: Saturday vs. Purdue
16Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 17
record: 5-2

Last game: Lost to Kansas State, 31-30
Next game: Saturday at Iowa State
17Arizona Wildcats
last week: 19
record: 6-1

Last game: Beat Washington State, 59-37
Next game: Saturday at UCLA
18LSU Tigers
last week: NR
record: 7-2

Last game: Beat Ole Miss, 10-7
Next game: Nov. 8 vs. Alabama
19Utah Utes
last week: 20
record: 6-1

Last game: Beat USC, 24-21
Next game: Saturday at Arizona State
20East Carolina Pirates
last week: 15
record: 6-1

Last game: Beat UConn, 31-21
Next game: Saturday at Temple
21West Virginia Mountaineers
last week: 22
record: 6-2

Last game: Beat Oklahoma State, 34-10
Next game: Saturday vs. TCU
22Clemson Tigers
last week: 21
record: 6-2

Last game: Beat Syracuse, 16-6
Next game: Nov. 6 at Wake Forest
23Marshall Thundering Herd
last week: 24
record: 8-0

Last game: Beat Florida Atlantic, 35-16
Next game: Nov. 8 at Southern Miss
24Duke Blue Devils
last week: 25
record: 6-1

Last game: Beat Virginia, 20-13
Next game: Saturday at Pitt
25Colorado State Rams
last week: NR
record: 7-1

Last game: Beat Wyoming, 45-31
Next game: Saturday at San Jose State

Next five: Wisconsin, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Missouri

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