Remember, the No. 1 seed gets geographical preference as to where it ends up playing in the national semifinal (New Orleans or Pasadena).
Very surprising to see Alabama over TCU.
Precedent matters, though RT @TravHaneyESPN: I'd personally have TCU over Bama. But Tide's sked so backloaded that it doesn't really matter.— TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) November 5, 2014
-The committee simply hates the Big Ten, as evidenced by Kansas State jumping Michigan State.
Long: Kansas State moved ahead of Michigan State due to adding their convincing win over Oklahoma State to its resume.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 5, 2014
-The committee said the gap between Mississippi State and Florida State was not that close.
Jeff Long on No. 2 spot: "There was a clear voting difference between Florida State and Auburn."— Zac Ellis (@ZacEllis) November 5, 2014
1. Mississippi State
Mississippi State defeated Auburn in Starkville and also beat LSU handily in Baton Rouge -- a win that looks better now that LSU has improved. The Bulldogs must still travel to Tuscaloosa and Oxford, however, along with a potential SEC Championship Game.
2. Florida State
FSU defeated Notre Dame and Clemson in Tallahassee, the latter victory coming without Jameis Winston, and took down Louisville on the road. FSU still must play games at at Miami and host Florida, along with a potential ACC Championship Game.
The Tigers have an impressive road win at Kansas State and Ole Miss and they dismantled LSU. The loss to Mississippi State is a good one, as the Bulldogs have yet to lose. Games at Georgia and at Alabama remain, along with a potential SEC Championship Game.
The Ducks solidly beat Michigan State and Stanford, and won on the road at UCLA, but lost at home to Arizona. A game at Utah remains. If the Ducks win out, they are almost certainly going to be in the playoff.
Alabama has an good victory over West Virginia, and has blown out some lesser SEC schools. Other than that, the resume is rather weak to this point, and the road loss to Ole Miss now is slightly more harmful due to the Rebels' losses to LSU and Auburn. The Tide will have a chance to bolster the resume, with games at LSU, v. Mississippi State and v. Auburn, along with a potential SEC Championship Game.
The Horned Frogs took down Oklahoma, West Virginia on the road, and lost to Baylor. A big game v. Kansas State remain.
7. Kansas State
The Wildcats have a win at Oklahoma and a home loss to Auburn. Road games at TCU, West Virginia and Baylor remain.
8. Michigan State
The Spartans have a win over Nebraska, and lost convincingly at Oregon. A game against a ranked Ohio State, and a possible Big Ten Championship Game remains.
9. Arizona State
The Sun Devils has wins over USC, Stanford, Washington and Utah, but also lost 62-27 at home to UCLA. Notre Dame an Arizona remain on the schedule.
10. Notre Dame
The Irish's best win is Stanford, and its resume is more about almost beating Florida State in Tallahassee. The Irish still have games at Arizona State, v. Louisville and at USC.
|Rank||Team||Last week||Week 10 result||Toughest opponent left (per F/+)||If the season ended today ...|
|11||Ole Miss (7-2)||4||Lost 35-31 vs. No. 3 Auburn||Mississippi State||New Year's bowl|
|12||Baylor (7-1)||13||Won 60-14 vs. Kansas||Oklahoma|
|13||Nebraska (8-1)||15||Won 35-14 vs. Purdue||Wisconsin|
|14||Ohio State (7-1)||16||Won 55-14 vs. Illinois||Michigan State|
|15||Oklahoma (6-2)||18||Won 59-14 at Iowa St.||Baylor|
|17||Utah (6-2)||17||Lost 19-16 at No. 14 Arizona St.||Oregon|
|18||UCLA (7-2)||22||Won 17-7 vs. No. 12 Arizona||USC|
|19||Arizona (6-2)||12||Lost 17-7 at No. 22 UCLA||Arizona State|
|20||Georgia (6-2)||11||Lost 38-20 vs. Florida||Auburn|
|21||Clemson (6-2)||21||Idle||Georgia Tech||Orange Bowl|
|22||Duke (7-1)||24||Won 51-48 at Pittsburgh||Virginia Tech|
|23||West Virginia (6-3)||20||Lost 31-30 vs. No. 7 TCU||Kansas State|
|24||Georgia Tech (7-2)||NR||Won 35-10 vs. Virginia||Clemson|
|25||Wisconsin (6-2)||NR||Won 37-0 at Rutgers||Nebraska|