College Football Playoff Rankings: Alabama is No. 1

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The College Football Playoff Committee has chosen their top four. You can see the complete rankings here.


1. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1)

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After beating then-top-ranked Mississippi State, Alabama leapfrogs Oregon, Florida State and TCU to take over the No. 1 spot. Alabama controls their own destiny, and will just need to win out to keep the top spot and play the semifinal close to home in the Sugar Bowl. The Crimson Tide take on powerhouse West Carolina this week, before taking on Auburn next Saturday in the always exciting Iron Bowl.


2. Oregon Ducks (9-1)

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The bye week helped Oregon avoid the chaos, and hang on to the No. 2 spot in the rankings. Being No. 2 means Oregon would play the semifinal on the west coast at the Rose Bowl. The Ducks take on Colorado this Saturday, Oregon State the week after and what could be a tough matchup in the Pac-12 Championship game.


3. Florida State Seminoles (10-0)

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Florida State needed a come-from-behind victory to beat Miami, and weren’t able to move up in the rankings this week. This likely won’t go over well with #FSUTwitter. The Seminoles face off against Boston College this Saturday at 3:30, and have the Florida Gators and the winner of the ACC Coastal Division waiting in the wings.


4. Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-1)

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Even though they lost, a close loss to Alabama on the road was enough to keep Mississippi State in the rankings for now. The Bulldogs face off against Vanderbilt this Saturday and like Alabama, have a rivalry game the week after when they take on Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.


On the Outside Looking In

5. TCU Horned Frogs (9-1)

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TCU’s close call to Big 12 bottom feeder Kansas last week dropped them out of the rankings, and if the teams above them keep winning it will be hard for them to find a way back into the top four. The Horned Frogs have a tough task this Saturday with one of the best defensive teams in the country, the Texas Longhorns. They close out the regular season with Iowa State.


6. Ohio State Buckeyes (9-1)

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Ohio State is creeping up the rankings, however a Week 2 loss to Virginia Tech is still an albatross for the Buckeyes. Can they overcome it? The Buckeyes wrap up their regular season with Indiana and the struggling Michigan Wolverines, but will have a tough matchup in the Big 10 Championship game against either Nebraska or Wisconsin.


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