Alabama is back at the top.
The Crimson Tide jumped from No. 5 to the top spot in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night.
Alabama (9-1) moved up on the basis of its upset of former No. 1 Mississippi State.
It jumped No. 2 Oregon (9-1), which didn’t play Saturday, stayed in the second spot, as did third-ranked Florida State (10-0), which had to rally to defeat Miami.
The big news for the SEC was that Mississippi State (9-1) stayed in the top four despite the loss.
“It’s been an exciting year so far and we’re not done with the excitement yet. The discussions the 12 members have each week is detailed and thorough,” selection committee chairman Jeff Long said in a release. “Even though we don’t yet know who the conference champions are – and that is a factor we will weigh in December – this committee has been clear that quality of wins and strength of schedule are important factors.”
Georgia moved up from No. 15 to 10 after its 34-7 victory over Auburn on Saturday.
The final rankings will be announced on Dec. 7.
3. Florida State
4. Mississippi State
6. Ohio State
11. Michigan State
12. Kansas State
13. Arizona State
18. Georgia Tech
19. Southern Cal