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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1
Florida State Seminoles
2
8-0
Next game: Saturday vs. Virginia
2
Mississippi State Bulldogs
1
8-0
Next game: Saturday vs. Tennessee-Martin
3
Auburn Tigers
4
7-1
Last game: Beat Ole Miss, 35-31 Next game: Saturday vs. Texas A&M
4
Oregon Ducks
3
8-1
Last game: Beat Stanford, 45-16 Next game: Saturday at Utah
5
Michigan State Spartans
5
7-1
Last game: Beat Michigan, 35-11 Next game: Saturday vs. Ohio State
6
Alabama Crimson Tide
7
7-1
Last game: Beat Tennessee, 34-20 Next game: Saturday at LSU
7
TCU Horned Frogs
11
7-1
Last game: Beat West Virginia, 31-30 Next game: Saturday vs. Kansas State
8
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
8
7-1
Last game: Beat Navy, 49-39 Next game: Saturday at Arizona State
9
Baylor Bears
10
7-1
Last game: Beat Kansas, 60-14 Next game: Saturday at Oklahoma
10
Kansas State Wildcats
12
7-1
Last game: Beat Oklahoma State, 48-14 Next game: Saturday at TCU
11
Arizona State Sun Devils
13
7-1
Last game: Beat Utah, 19-16 (OT) Next game: Saturday vs. Notre Dame
12
Ohio State Buckeyes
14
7-1
Last game: Beat Illinois, 55-14 Next game: Saturday at Michigan State
13
Ole Miss Rebels
6
7-2
Last game: Lost to Auburn, 35-31 Next game: Saturday vs. Presbyterian
14
Nebraska Cornhuskers
15
8-1
Last game: Beat Purdue, 35-14 Next game: Nov. 15 at Wisconsin
15
Oklahoma Sooners
16
6-2
Last game: Beat Iowa State, 59-14 Next game: Saturday vs. Baylor
16
LSU Tigers
17
7-2
Last game: Beat Ole Miss, 10-7 Next game: Saturday vs. Alabama
17
Georgia Bulldogs
9
6-2
Last game: Lost to Florida, 38-20 Next game: Saturday at Kentucky
18
Clemson Tigers
22
6-2
Last game: Beat Syracuse, 16-6 Next game: Thursday at Wake Forest
19
Duke Blue Devils
24
7-1
Last game: Beat Pitt, 51-48 (2OT) Next game: Saturday at Syracuse
20
UCLA Bruins
7-2
Last game: Beat Arizona, 17-7 Next game: Saturday at Washington
21
Arizona Wildcats
17
6-2
Last game: Lost to UCLA, 17-7 Next game: Saturday vs. Colorado
22
Utah Utes
19
6-2
Last game: Lost to Arizona State, 19-16 (OT) Next game: Saturday vs. Oregon
23
Marshall Thundering Herd
23
8-0
Last game: Beat Florida Atlantic, 35-16 Next game: Saturday at Southern Miss
24
Colorado State Rams
25
8-1
Last game: Beat San Jose State, 38-31 Next game: Saturday vs. Hawaii
25
Wisconsin Badgers
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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