By Zac Ellis
November 04, 2014

Mississippi State held strong at No. 1 in the latest College Football Playoff top 25 while Ole Miss dropped out of the top four. Oregon, meanwhile, replaced the Rebels at No. 4.

​The complete rankings are as follows:

1. Mississippi State

2. Florida State

3. Auburn

4. Oregon

5. Alabama

6. TCU

7. Kansas State

8. Michigan State

9. Arizona State

10. Notre Dame

11. Ole Miss

12. Baylor

13. Nebraska

14. Ohio State

15. Oklahoma

16. LSU

17. Utah

18. UCLA

19. Arizona

20. Georgia

21. Clemson

22. Duke

23. West Virginia

24. Georgia Tech

25. Wisconsin

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.

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