There will be a new No. 1.
But who will it be?
Which team will have the honor of replacing Mississippi State, which will fall from the esteemed top spot of the College Football Playoff rankings after losing to Alabama on Saturday?
Will it be Oregon, which, despite its 9-1 record, moved ahead of Florida State into No. 2 last week?
Will FSU (10-0) regain some respect after again displaying resolve and moxie to defeat a tough Miami team 30-26? Or will the committee see that as a sign of weakness?
Or will Alabama (9-1) make a Hulk-like leap from No. 5 all the way to the top of the heap after knocking off the former top Dog?
“When you beat the No. 1 team in the country, I think that’s a significant accomplishment,” Nick Saban said afterward. “… This is a really good football team we beat.”
I’m not sure how the top four will line up when the new rankings are released Tuesday, but all the top teams have flaws and blemishes, including losses (Oregon, Alabama, Mississippi State and TCU) or play in a weak conference (FSU).
There might be room for both Alabama and Mississippi State in the top four, but the three best teams the Bulldogs have defeated — LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn — also all lost Saturday.
Surely No. 4 TCU (9-1) will lose so luster in the eyes of the CFP committee after its near slip up against Kansas.
However it plays out, stay tuned for the next two weeks.