NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Mississippi State stayed No. 1 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, but Florida State dropped in the release on Monday night.
As expected, Mississippi State remain the top team in the 3rd official college football top 25 playoff rankings, but Oregon, who defeated Utah 51-27 on Saturday moved up to No. 2, after overtaking defending national champions Florida State.
“The key for us is that Oregon have three top 25 victories, while Florida State only have two,” CFP selection committee chair Jeff Long told ESPN.
“Base on this week’s body of work, we believe that Oregon had a slight edge over Florida State,” he added.
The Seminoles dropped to No. 3, while TCU now move into the top four, at fourth.
The top four teams will make the playoff, so these teams, at the moment, have their own destiny in their hands, although long told ESPN that this may not be the case.
Alabama is No. 5 and No. 6 is Arizona State.
Baylor, Ohio State, Auburn and Ole Miss rounded out the top 10, but look well set to miss out at making the playoff.
Elsewhere in the rankings, UCLA, now playing the way many thought they would when the preseason rankings came out, moved up seven places to No. 11, while Michigan State, after losing to Ohio State at the weekend, dropped four spots to No. 12.
Kansas State, Arizona, Georgia, Nebraska, LSU, Notre Dame, Clemson, Wisconsin, Duke, Georgia Tech, Utah, Texas A&M and Minnesota round out the top 25.