Mississippi State’s touchdown win over Arkansas was impressive enough to the Associated Press and Coaches to keep the Bulldogs in first place in both the AP rankings and the Coaches Poll conducted by USA Today.
Alabama, which had an open date, was ranked fourth in both polls. The College Football Playoff Selection Committee rankings will be announced Tuesday night.
Alabama returns to action Saturday in Baton Rouge against LSU. The Fighting Tigers, also having a bye week Saturday, are 14th in the AP poll and 15th in the Coaches rankings. Kickoff Saturday is at 7 p.m. CST with television coverage by CBS.
Florida State is second in both polls and Auburn, which defeated Ole Miss in Oxford, is third. Mississippi fell to 12th in the AP and 13th in the Coaches.
Oregon is fifth in both polls.
TCU and Michigan State are sixth and seventh, the Horn Frogs leading in the AP, the Spartans in the Coaches.
Notre Dame is eighth, Kansas State ninth, and Baylor 10th in both polls.
Georgia is 17th in both rankings. Missouri, Florida, and Texas A&M are SEC teams receiving votes in the AP poll and Missouri is also receiving votes from the Coaches.
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