Written by: Neil Brown (@downtowneil)
Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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A big win by the Alabama Crimson Tide helped all but secure itself a spot in the final four, while Famous Jameis and company again played it close as they slipped by Miami. After a dominate win over Notre Dame, Arizona State had moved up to No. 6 in last week's poll, but a disappointing road loss to Oregon State has all but eliminated the Sun Devils from the playoffs.
This is a rather quiet week for our top-ten teams with no major match-ups. But with only two more weeks of college football, things are sure to get interesting with controversy and upsets lurking around every corner. Keep reading below this week’s poll for our expert’s take on each team.
1. Florida State (10-0): “The Seminoles are the lone undefeated team left in college football (that matters). The top spot is theirs to lose. All they have to do is win out and they're guaranteed a spot in the playoffs.” –Matt Shock
2. Oregon (9-1): “A bye week for the Ducks and they will happily swim up a spot with Mississippi State's loss.” –Matt Ruskan
3. Alabama (9-1): “This game was a very dominate and important victory for the Crimson Tide, as it now controls it's own destiny. Of course that still includes a date with Auburn and whichever mediocre team decides to win the SEC East (only Missouri and Georgia are still in the running here).” –Neil Brown
4. TCU (9-1): “I did not think that Kansas would make it that good of a game, but in the end, the Horned Frogs prevailed. No matter the opposition, a comeback win on the road is always impressive and with some time off before their Thanksgiving battle with Texas, TCU can take this time to keep its strong season alive.” –Curt Ashcraft
5. Mississippi State (9-1): “The Bulldogs did not look impressive against the Tide, but with TCU almost losing to Kansas the 4th spot is wide open. With a big win in the Egg Bowl, Mississippi State could find itself in the College Football Playoff without winning the SEC.” –Elijah Gonzalez
6. Baylor (8-1): “Coming off of a bye week, the Bears have to prove to us all with wins over a poor Oklahoma State team and Kansas State that they have earned a spot in the final four. It can be done, but it will take some help.” –Curt Ashcraft
7. Ohio State (9-1): “JT Barrett has thrust himself into the Heisman spotlight by willing the Buckeyes to win after win, and now being responsible for 38 touchdowns. That’s more than both Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston had in their Heisman-winning seasons. With a loss or two by teams in front of them, OSU could win-out and sneak into the playoffs in the fourth spot. Still a long shot in my eyes, though.” –Neil Brown
8. Ole Miss (8-2): “The Rebels got a week off, but they've managed to move up a spot. However, they still have to travel to Arkansas (who just stomped on LSU, so don't sleep on them), and then host Mississippi State to close the season. If everything falls apart, they could creep back into contention, but I don't expect them to climb much higher than 7th, even if they win out.” –Matt Shock
9. Marshall (10-0): “To quote Taylor Swift "'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate". The haters keep on hating, but the players of the Thundering Herd keep winning. 41-14 is a great margin of victory and Marshall goes to 10-0. That deserves a top 4 spot until the Herd prove they can't win that big consistently.” –Matt Ruskan
10. Georgia (8-2): “With the emergence of Todd Gurley, the Bulldogs looked impressive against the Tigers of Auburn. Unfortunately it looks like Gurley is hurt and done for the season. They still have that question mark at quarterback with Hudson Mason, but they still need a Missouri loss to put them in the SEC title game.” –Elijah Gonzalez