Alabama is still No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night, but undefeated Florida State, which has won 28 consecutive games, fell from No. 3 to fourth after a sloppy win over Florida.
TCU (10-1) jumped the Seminoles (12-0) after knocking off Texas 48-10. They finish the regular season against Iowa State (2-9) on Saturday.
Oregon (11-1) is second heading into the Pac-12 Championship game against Arizona.
Ohio State (11-1) is fifth and Baylor (10-1), which defeated TCU earlier this season, is sixth.
“Several factors came into play as the committee compiled its rankings this week and as we always do, we started with a clean sheet of paper,” selection chairman Jeff Long said in a release. “That means we start from scratch each week and evaluate small groups of teams against one another and create the rankings through seven rounds of voting. The committee is a group of college football experts whose task each week is to take a fresh look at the rankings 1-25.”
Georgia Tech (10-2), which will play FSU for the ACC championship on Saturday, moved from No. 16 to 11th after its win over Georgia.
The Bulldogs (9-3) fell from No. 9 to 14th.
The final rankings and semifinal pairings will be announced Sunday.
This week’s rankings:
4. Florida State
5. Ohio State
8. Michigan State
9. Kansas State
10. Mississippi State
11. Georgia Tech
17. Arizona State
22. Boise State
25. Southern California