Florida State retains top spot in Power Rankings after Week 11

Week 11 brought more twists and turns to the college football season and a shakeup to the college football Power Rankings. Florida State retains its top spot while Alabama moves into the top four in the hunt for the College Football Playoff.
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Think back to the first time you watched a movie like Memento (if it wasn't spoiled for you ahead of time). You likely allowed yourself to get caught up in the twists and turns, pinned between trying to figure out the mystery and hanging on for the reveal. Now try to think of the most recent time you had a movie-going experience like that.

We spend so much time with information readily available that spoilers are everywhere. Even if you’re actively avoiding learning how something ends, the potential to accidentally overhear it, read it on social media or have it outright mentioned in front of you is too great to ignore. You’re playing Minesweeper with the bombs turned way up. Those rare moments when we are actually in the dark and can get mesmerized by the twists should be treasured. 

Which is what makes this college football season special. There’s no spoiling it. We can predict the end, but we don’t truly know anything yet. Even with just a few weeks remaining.

With that said, here are the Power Rankings after Week 11. They’ll act to serve as another tattoo to remember how we got here and give us instructions along the way.

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1. Florida State Seminoles

PREVIOUS: 1

RECORD: 9-0

Next game: Saturday at Miami

2. Mississippi State Bulldogs

PREVIOUS: 2

RECORD: 9-0

Next game: Saturday at Alabama

3. Oregon Ducks

PREVIOUS: 4

RECORD: 9-1

Next game: Nov. 22 vs. Colorado

4. Alabama Crimson Tide

PREVIOUS: 6

RECORD: 8-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Mississippi State

5. TCU Horned Frogs

PREVIOUS: 7

RECORD: 8-1

Next game: Saturday at Kansas

6. Baylor Bears

PREVIOUS: 9

RECORD: 8-1

7. Arizona State Sun Devils

PREVIOUS: 11

RECORD: 8-1

Next game: Saturday at Oregon State

8. Ohio State Buckeyes

PREVIOUS: 12

RECORD: 8-1

Next game: Saturday at Minnesota

9. Auburn Tigers

PREVIOUS: 3

RECORD: 7-2

Next game: Saturday at Georgia 

10. Michigan State Spartans

PREVIOUS: 5

RECORD: 7-2

Next game: Saturday at Maryland

11. Nebraska Cornhuskers

PREVIOUS: 14

RECORD: 9-1

Next game: Saturday at Wisconsin

12. Ole Miss Rebels

PREVIOUS: 13

RECORD: 8-2

Next game: Nov. 22 at Arkansas

13. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

PREVIOUS: 8

RECORD: 7-2

Next game: Saturday vs. Northwestern

14. Kansas State Wildcats

PREVIOUS: 10

RECORD: 7-2

Next game: Nov. 20 at West Virginia

15. Georgia Bulldogs

PREVIOUS: 17

RECORD: 7-2

Next game: Saturday vs. Auburn

16. Duke Blue Devils

PREVIOUS: 19

RECORD: 8-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Virginia Tech

17. UCLA Bruins

PREVIOUS: 20

RECORD: 8-2

Next game: Nov. 22 vs. USC

18. Clemson Tigers

PREVIOUS: 18

RECORD: 7-2

Next game: Saturday at Georgia Tech

19. Arizona Wildcats

PREVIOUS: 21

RECORD: 7-2

Next game: Saturday vs. Washington

20. Marshall Thundering Herd

PREVIOUS: 23

RECORD: 9-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Rice

21. LSU Tigers

PREVIOUS: 16

RECORD: 7-3

Next game: Saturday at Arkansas

22. Colorado State Rams

PREVIOUS: 24

RECORD: 9-1

Next game: Nov. 22 vs. New Mexico

23. Wisconsin Badgers

PREVIOUS: 25

RECORD: 7-2

Next game: Saturday vs. Nebraska

24. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

RECORD: 8-2

Next game: Saturday vs. Clemson

25. Missouri Tigers

RECORD: 7-2

Next game: Saturday at Texas A&M

Next five: Oklahoma, Utah, USC, Boise State, Minnesota

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