The Alabama football team finally got its signature win, as the Alabama Crimson Tide toppled the top-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday. The win wasn’t enough to boost Alabama to the top spot in the latest AP college football poll, but it did help the Tide roll on up to the No. 2 spot after sitting at No. 4 previously.
After a wild weekend of college football, the latest AP college football poll instead shows the Florida State Seminoles back on top. FSU had been the preseason No. 1 team before Mississippi State supplanted them in October. With the Bulldogs dropping to 9-1, the 10-0 FSU Seminoles regained their lead atop the AP CFB poll.
With FSU and Alabama taking the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, the remaining AP college football top 5 were (in order) the University of Oregon Ducks, Mississippi State Bulldogs and TCU Horned Frogs.
The rest of the AP top 10 were Baylor, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Georgia and Michigan State.
Oregon remained at No. 3 though it didn’t play Saturday due to a bye week. Oregon plays its next two games against Colorado and Oregon State, the latter of which beat Arizona State this past weekend.
FSU barely got their come-from-behind victory Saturday against an unranked Miami team. QB Jameis Winston and the rest of the Seminoles next play Saturday against Boston College, followed on Nov. 29 in a showdown against the Florida Gators.
Alabama’s next two games are Saturday against West Carolina and Nov. 29 against Auburn, which is currently ranked ninth in the latest AP college football poll. Mississippi State will spend its next two Saturdays playing Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, the latter of which is ranked 10th in the latest AP CFB poll.
With those schedules in mind, the most important victories for all of the teams currently in the AP’s top 4 will come during the last week of the season, followed by their respective conference title games. Clearly the College Football Playoff Committee will have its CFB playoff bracket work cut out for it in early December.
The College Football Playoff Committee will release its latest playoff rankings Tuesday night on ESPN.