Bama, FSU, Oregon, Miss St keep playoff rankings

Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (6) talks with offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, left, during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against West Virginia on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings are unchanged – Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State – heading into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals.

TCU was fifth, Ohio State was sixth and Baylor seventh. The only team in the top eight to change was UCLA, which slipped into the eighth spot.

For the first time, teams from the so-called Group of Five conferences made the top 25. Boise State moved in the rankings at No. 23 and unbeaten Marshall is 24th. The highest ranked team from outside the Big Five conferences is guaranteed one spot in the four New Year’s Bowls affiliated with the playoff but not hosting semifinals.

1. Alabama 10-1
2. Oregon 10-1
3. Florida St. 11-0
4. Mississippi St. 10-1
5. TCU 9-1
6. Ohio St. 10-1
7. Baylor 9-1
8. UCLA 9-2
9. Georgia 9-2
10. Michigan St. 9-2
11. Arizona 9-2
12. Kansas St. 8-2
13. Arizona St. 9-2
14. Wisconsin 9-2
15. Auburn 8-3
16. Georgia Tech 9-2
17. Missouri 9-2
18. Minnesota 8-3
19. Mississippi 8-3
20. Oklahoma 8-3
21. Clemson 8-3
22. Louisville 8-3
23. Boise St. 9-2
24. Marshall 11-0
25. Utah 7-4

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee will issue weekly rankings each Tuesday, with the final rankings being announced Sunday, Dec. 7. The playoff semifinals will match the No. 1 seed vs. the No. 4 seed, and No. 2 will face No. 3. The semifinals will be hosted at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015. The championship game will be on Jan. 12, 2015 at Arlington, Texas.

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