This week's College Football Playoff rankings have been released by the committee, and the TCU Horned Frogs have jumped from No. 6 to No. 4. The Frogs benefited from an Auburn loss to Texas A&M, and they helped themselves with a 41-20 victory over then-No. 7 Kansas State. TCU remains ranked ahead of No. 7 Baylor, who destroyed Oklahoma in Norman 48-14, their first ever win at Oklahoma, and their first win on the road against a ranked team in their last 38 attempts.TCU also jumped Alabama, who struggled to put away No. 17 LSU in Baton Rouge.
Meanwhile, West Virginia dropped out of the rankings after a 33-16 loss to Texas. Oklahoma dropped out of the rankings as well after their embarrassing loss to the Bears.
Early season opponent Minnesota (7-2), whom TCU beat 30-7, also popped into the rankings at No. 25 after a thorough beating of Iowa.
Something interesting to note is that Oregon jumped Florida State to take over the No. 2 spot in the rankings. If the playoffs were to start today, the four teams in would be Mississippi State, Oregon, Florida State and TCU.
Obviously these last four weeks are crucial for both the Horned Frogs and Baylor. TCU needs to win big in their remaining three games to have a chance of staying ahead of Baylor, who has the more difficult game remaining on either schedule, facing off against now No. 13 Kansas State in Waco on December 6.
However, there's a decent buffer between TCU and Baylor, showing that the committee seems to value strength of schedule ahead of head to head. Take that for what you will.
It's going to be a race to the finish line, and you'd better believe both schools will hammer away at why they should be the Big 12 representative in the first-ever College Football Playoff.
Here's the full Top 25.
|Rank||Team||Last week||Week 11 result||Toughest opponent left (per F/+)||If the season ended today ...|
|1||Mississippi State (9-0)||1||Won 45-16 vs. Tennessee-Martin||Alabama||Sugar Bowl vs. TCU|
|2||Oregon (9-1)||4||Won 51-27 at No. 17 Utah||Oregon State||Rose Bowl vs. Florida State|
|3||Florida State (9-0)||2||Won 34-20 vs. Virginia||Miami||Rose Bowl vs. Oregon|
|4||TCU (8-1)||6||Won 41-20 vs. No. 7 Kansas State||Texas||Sugar Bowl vs. Mississippi State|
|5||Alabama (8-1)||5||Won 20-13 (OT) at No. 16 LSU||Auburn||Orange Bowl vs. Clemson|
|6||Arizona State (8-1)||14||Won 55-31 vs. No. 10 Notre Dame||Arizona||New Year's bowl|
|7||Baylor (8-1)||13||Won 48-14 at No. 15 Oklahoma||Kansas State||New Year's bowl|
|8||Ohio State (8-1)||14||Won 49-37 at No. 8 Michigan State||Minnesota||New Year's bowl|
|9||Auburn (7-2)||3||Lost 41-38 vs. Texas A&M||Alabama||New Year's bowl|
|10||Ole Miss (8-2)||12||Won 48-0 vs. Presbyterian||Mississippi State||New Year's bowl|
|11||UCLA (8-2)||18||Won 44-30 at Washington||USC||New Year's bowl|
|12||Michigan State (7-2)||8||Lost 49-37 vs. No. 14 Ohio State||Maryland|
|13||Kansas State (7-2)||7||Lost 41-20 at No. 6 TCU||Baylor|
|14||Arizona (7-2)||19||Won 38-20 vs. Colorado||Arizona State|
|15||Georgia (7-2)||20||Won 63-31 at Kentucky||Auburn|
|17||LSU (7-3)||16||Lost 20-13 (OT) vs. No. 5 Alabama||Arkansas|
|18||Notre Dame (7-2)||10||Lost 55-31 at No. 9 Arizona State||Louisville|
|19||Clemson (7-2)||21||Won 34-20 at Wake Forest||Georgia Tech||Orange Bowl vs. Alabama|
|20||Wisconsin (7-2)||25||Won 34-16 at Purdue||Nebraska|
|21||Duke (8-1)||22||Won 27-10 at Syracuse||Virginia Tech|
|22||Georgia Tech (8-2)||24||Won 56-23 at NC State||Georgia|
|23||Utah (6-3)||17||Lost 51-27 vs. No. 4 Oregon||Arizona|
|24||Texas A&M (7-3)||NR||Won 41-38 at No. 3 Auburn||LSU|
|25||Minnesota (7-2)||NR||Won 51-14 vs. Iowa||Ohio State|