It's hard to stay on top for a full season, and even though Mississippi State has yet to lose, the Bulldogs' shaky play against Arkansas cost them their No. 1 spot in our college Football Power Rankings. Who's the new No. 1?

By Martin Rickman
November 04, 2014

With the College Football Playoff selection committee releasing its first official rankings last Tuesday, we've entered some sort of insane version of the NCAA tournament in a lot of ways. Teams are jockeying for position, and in this six-week stretch, contenders are going to be knocked off while others rise above.

There’s no “One Shining Moment,” but with how often we're hearing Pharrell’s “Come Get It Bae," that Fall Out Boy song and that Matt and Kim song from the Buick commercial, there’s still an official soundtrack. It’s why you’re humming those to yourself in the middle of the week. You can’t escape college football. It’s like some sort of Star Wars Force held together by pigskin and fight songs.

College football is an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us. It penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together. Or something like that.

Here are the Power Rankings for Week 11:

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1Florida State Seminoles
last week: 2
record: 8-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Virginia

2Mississippi State Bulldogs
last week: 1
record: 8-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Tennessee-Martin

3Auburn Tigers
last week: 4
record: 7-1

Last game: Beat Ole Miss, 35-31
Next game: Saturday vs. Texas A&M
4Oregon Ducks
last week: 3
record: 8-1

Last game: Beat Stanford, 45-16
Next game: Saturday at Utah
5Michigan State Spartans
last week: 5
record: 7-1

Last game: Beat Michigan, 35-11
Next game: Saturday vs. Ohio State
6Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 7
record: 7-1

Last game: Beat Tennessee, 34-20
Next game: Saturday at LSU
7TCU Horned Frogs
last week: 11
record: 7-1

Last game: Beat West Virginia, 31-30
Next game: Saturday vs. Kansas State
8Notre Dame Fighting Irish
last week: 8
record: 7-1

Last game: Beat Navy, 49-39
Next game: Saturday at Arizona State
9Baylor Bears
last week: 10
record: 7-1

Last game: Beat Kansas, 60-14
Next game: Saturday at Oklahoma
10Kansas State Wildcats
last week: 12
record: 7-1

Last game: Beat Oklahoma State, 48-14
Next game: Saturday at TCU
11Arizona State Sun Devils
last week: 13
record: 7-1

Last game: Beat Utah, 19-16 (OT)
Next game: Saturday vs. Notre Dame
12Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 14
record: 7-1

Last game: Beat Illinois, 55-14
Next game: Saturday at Michigan State
13Ole Miss Rebels
last week: 6
record: 7-2

Last game: Lost to Auburn, 35-31
Next game: Saturday vs. Presbyterian
14Nebraska Cornhuskers
last week: 15
record: 8-1

Last game: Beat Purdue, 35-14
Next game: Nov. 15 at Wisconsin
15Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 16
record: 6-2

Last game: Beat Iowa State, 59-14
Next game: Saturday vs. Baylor
16LSU Tigers
last week: 17
record: 7-2

Last game: Beat Ole Miss, 10-7
Next game: Saturday vs. Alabama
17Georgia Bulldogs
last week: 9
record: 6-2

Last game: Lost to Florida, 38-20
Next game: Saturday at Kentucky
18Clemson Tigers
last week: 22
record: 6-2

Last game: Beat Syracuse, 16-6
Next game: Thursday at Wake Forest
19Duke Blue Devils
last week: 24
record: 7-1

Last game: Beat Pitt, 51-48 (2OT)
Next game: Saturday at Syracuse
20UCLA Bruins
last week: NR
record: 7-2

Last game: Beat Arizona, 17-7
Next game: Saturday at Washington
21Arizona Wildcats
last week: 17
record: 6-2

Last game: Lost to UCLA, 17-7
Next game: Saturday vs. Colorado
22Utah Utes
last week: 19
record: 6-2

Last game: Lost to Arizona State, 19-16 (OT)
Next game: Saturday vs. Oregon
23Marshall Thundering Herd
last week: 23
record: 8-0

Last game: Beat Florida Atlantic, 35-16
Next game: Saturday at Southern Miss
24Colorado State Rams
last week: 25
record: 8-1

Last game: Beat San Jose State, 38-31
Next game: Saturday vs. Hawaii
25Wisconsin Badgers
last week: NR
record: 6-2

Last game: Beat Rutgers, 37-0
Next game: Saturday at Purdue

Next five: Missouri, USC, West Virginia, Boise State, Those little hand warmer things

• BECHT: Playoff Bubble Watch: Who's in, out of the playoff for now?

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