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2014 college football rankings, Week 8: The composite Top 25

Before this season, Ole Miss hadn't ranked in the AP Poll's top five since 1964. Mississippi State had never ranked higher than No. 7. Now one of them is No. 1 and both are in the top three.

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Another week down, another wild slate of games in college football. Six undefeated teams remain, as well as 22 one-loss power-conference teams. Mississippi State has officially removed Florida State from the top spot, with Ole Miss and Baylor filling out the other two hypothetical playoff spots in both the AP and Coaches Polls.

We've combined those polls with two long-running computer standings for this week's broadest look at college football rankings:

Composite Average AP Coaches F/+ Sagarin
1 Mississippi State 1.75 1 Mississippi State Mississippi State Ole Miss Auburn
2 Ole Miss 2.25 2 Florida State Florida State Mississippi State Ole Miss
3 Auburn 4.5 3 Ole Miss Ole Miss Auburn Mississippi State
4 Baylor 5 4 Baylor Baylor Oklahoma Oklahoma
5 Florida State 7.25 5 Notre Dame Notre Dame TCU Baylor
6 Alabama 7.5 6 Auburn Michigan State Oregon Alabama
6 Oklahoma 7.5 7 Alabama Alabama Baylor Georgia
8 Oregon 8.5 8 Michigan State Auburn Stanford TCU
9 Georgia 9 9 Oregon Oregon Georgia Texas A&M
9 Notre Dame 9 10 Georgia Georgia Alabama Oregon
11 TCU 9.25 11 Oklahoma Oklahoma Clemson Florida State
12 Michigan State 11.75 12 TCU TCU Louisville LSU
13 Ohio State 14.25 13 Ohio State Ohio State Notre Dame Notre Dame
14 Stanford 16.75 14 Kansas State Kansas State Florida State Michigan State
15 Kansas State 18.5 15 Oklahoma State Oklahoma State UCLA Ohio State
16 Clemson 18.75 16 Arizona East Carolina Ohio State Stanford
17 Nebraska 21 17 Arizona State Arizona USC Kansas State
18 USC 21.25 18 East Carolina Arizona State Virginia Tech Clemson
19 Texas A&M 21.75 19 Nebraska Nebraska Michigan State Florida
19 UCLA 21.75 20 Utah Stanford Marshall UCLA
21 Oklahoma State 22.25 21 Texas A&M Texas A&M Georgia Tech USC
22 Arizona State 22.5 22 USC Clemson Nebraska Tennessee
22 Arizona 22.75 23 Stanford Utah Virginia Utah
24 Utah 23.5 24 Clemson Marshall Rutgers Nebraska
25 LSU 25.25 25 Marshall USC Miami Arkansas

The four rankings we use:

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The Associated Press Top 25: The longest-running and best-respected human poll. Didn't have any official bearing on the latter years of the BCS, and won't have any official bearing on the Playoff. Expect it to set the course for the committee, however, as most outlets (including SB Nation) will use the AP's rankings as the standard until the committee takes over in October. Usually comes out Sundays around 2 p.m. ET.

The USA Today Coaches Poll: Formerly part of the BCS, and now just a poll. It tends to be more conservative than the AP's. Though polling athletic departments in order to rank other athletic departments is dubious, we still want multiple human polls in here, and it's the other big one. Releases early Sunday afternoons.

Jeff Sagarin's Sagarin Rating: An early-morning insta-ranking that combines three of Sagarin's computer formulas into one. This is not the formula the BCS used, which excluded margin of victory.

Football Outsiders' F/+ rating: A synthesis of ratings by smart persons Bill Connelly and Brian Fremeau and our personal go-to overall team stat. It tends to come out later than the others.

Last week's composite Top 25:

Composite Average AP Coaches F/+ Sagarin
1 Auburn 2.5 1 Florida State Florida State Ole Miss Auburn
2 Ole Miss 2.75 2 Auburn Auburn Mississippi State Oklahoma
3 Mississippi State 4.75 3 Mississippi State (tie) Baylor Oklahoma Ole Miss
4 Alabama 5.5 4 Ole Miss (tie) Ole Miss Alabama Alabama
4 Baylor 5.5 5 Baylor Notre Dame Auburn Baylor
6 Oklahoma 6.25 6 Notre Dame Mississippi State Oregon Texas A&M
7 Florida State 6.75 7 Alabama Alabama TCU TCU
8 Notre Dame 7.75 8 Michigan State Michigan State Stanford Mississippi State
9 TCU 8.75 9 TCU Oklahoma Baylor Notre Dame
10 Oregon 10 10 Arizona Georgia UCLA Georgia
11 Michigan State 11 11 Oklahoma Oregon Notre Dame Oregon
12 Texas A&M 12.5 12 Oregon TCU Florida State UCLA
13 Georgia 13.5 13 Georgia Arizona Ohio State Florida State
14 UCLA 14.25 14 Texas A&M Texas A&M Michigan State Michigan State
15 Ohio State 15 15 Ohio State Ohio State Marshall Stanford
16 Stanford 17.5 16 Oklahoma State Kansas State Texas A&M LSU
17 Arizona 18.25 17 Kansas State UCLA Louisvlle Ohio State
18 Kansas State 21.25 18 UCLA Oklahoma State Virginia Tech Clemson
19 Clemson 22.25 19 East Carolina East Carolina Arizona USC
20 Nebraska 22.5 20 Arizona State Arizona State Clemson Florida
21 LSU 24.25 21 Nebraska Nebraska Georgia Kansas State
22 Louisvlle 25 22 Georgia Tech Stanford USC Arkansas
22 USC 25 23 Missouri Georgia Tech LSU Nebraska
24 Oklahoma State 25.5 24 Utah Missouri California Wisconsin
25 Marshall 26.5 25 Stanford Clemson Nebraska Louisvlle