The week before Rivalry Week was mostly uneventful, and the College Football Playoff rankings showed that. But with many of the top teams playing in their most heated rivalry this weekend, this poll may look a lot different next Tuesday.
Alabama maintained its perch atop the rankings, with Oregon staying at second. Florida State was third and Mississippi State stayed at fourth. In fact, the top seven is identical to the rankings of last week with TCU, Ohio State and Baylor rounding out the first three out.
Auburn moved down one spot from No. 14 to 15, but is still another ranked opponent that Alabama can put on its resume if they win.
Non-Power 5 conference Marshall finally cracked the committee’s top 25 after its win over UAB on Saturday, and UCLA looks to be dangerous at No. 8 if it can pull the upset on Oregon in the Pac-12 title game.
Here are the complete rankings:
3. Florida State
4. Mississippi State
6. Ohio State
10. Michigan State
12. Kansas State
13. Arizona State
16. Georgia Tech
19. Ole Miss
23. Boise State