Florida State remained No. 3 in the college football playoff rankings.
"This has been a week of stability in the rankings, especially at the top. Given the way the games were played over the past week, there was very little change," said selection chairman Jeff Long. "As important as the rankings are at the top, I want to continue to emphasize we focus on all 25. Our job is to rank 1-25 and we take that very seriously. We spend a great deal of time talking about each team that we rank."
Chair Jeff Long, on the rankings show, said that some members consider FSU's close games a weakness, while other members see it as a strength that the Seminoles were able to come back.
To justify keeping Mississippi State at No. 4, Long cited Mississippi State's wins over teams that were ranked at the time (like four-loss LSU and four-loss Texas A&M). That's a dangerous, and new precedent.
So the committee is taking into account where teams were ranked at the time they themselves weren't ranking anyone. Brilliant.— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) November 26, 2014
|Rank||Team||Last week||Week 13 result||Toughest opponent left (per F/+)||If the season ended today ...|
|1||Alabama (10-1)||1||Won 48-14 vs. Western Carolina||Auburn||Sugar Bowl vs. Mississippi State|
|2||Oregon (10-1)||2||Won 44-10 vs. Colorado||Oregon State||Rose Bowl vs. Florida State|
|3||Florida State (11-0)||3||Won 20-17 vs. Boston College||Florida||Rose Bowl vs. Oregon|
|4||Mississippi State (10-1)||4||Won 51-0 vs. Vanderbilt||Ole Miss||Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama|
|5||TCU (9-1)||5||Idle||Texas||New Year's bowl|
|6||Ohio State (10-1)||6||Won 42-27 vs. Indiana||Michigan||New Year's bowl|
|7||Baylor (9-1)||7||Won 49-28 vs. Oklahoma State||Kansas State||New Year's bowl|
|8||UCLA (8-3)||9||Won 38-20 vs. No. 19 USC||Stanford||New Year's bowl|
|9||Georgia (9-2)||10||Won 55-9 vs. Charleston Southern||Georgia Tech||Orange Bowl vs. Georgia Tech|
|10||Michigan State (9-2)||11||Won 45-3 vs. Rutgers||Penn State||New Year's bowl|
|11||Arizona (9-2)||15||Won 42-10 at No. 17 Utah||Arizona State|
|12||Kansas State (9-2)||12||Won 26-20 at West Virginia||Baylor|
|13||Arizona State (9-2)||13||Won 52-31 vs. Washington State||Arizona|
|14||Wisconsin (8-2)||16||Won 59-24 vs. No. 16 Nebraska||Minnesota|
|15||Auburn (8-3)||14||Won 31-7 vs. Samford||Alabama|
|16||Georgia Tech (9-2)||18||Idle||Georgia||Orange Bowl vs. Georgia|
|17||Missouri (9-2)||20||Won 29-21 at Tennessee||Arkansas|
|18||Minnesota (8-3)||25||Won 28-24 at No. 23 Nebraska||Wisconsin|
|19||Ole Miss (8-3)||8||Lost 30-0 at Arkansas||Mississippi State|
|20||Oklahoma (8-3)||21||Won 44-7 vs. Kansas||Oklahoma State|
|21||Clemson (8-3)||22||Won 28-0 vs. Georgia State||South Carolina|
|22||Louisville (8-3)||24||Won 31-28 at Notre Dame||Kentucky|
|23||Boise State (9-2)||NR||Won 63-14 at Wyoming||Utah State||New Year's bowl|
|24||Marshall (11-0)||NR||Won 23-18 at UAB||Western Kentucky|
|25||Utah (7-3)||17||Lost 42-10 vs. No. 15 Arizona||Colorado|