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Mississippi State hanging onto No. 1 in new college football polls

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As expected, Mississippi State remains No. 1 both polls, holding onto its first-ever top spot despite a road challenge at Kentucky.

Florida State remains No. 2, while Alabama moves up to No. 3 after Ole Miss' loss to LSU -- despite Ole Miss beating Alabama earlier in the year. The Rebels plunge in both polls, but fall harder in the coaches.

None of this technically matters all that much, as the first College Football Playoff rankings come out Tuesday. Those will set the tone for the rankings from there on out, and those will be the only ones that will actually sway the postseason. We'll see if the top five has any major shakeup due to that.

Here are the rankings as they stand, with more to come Monday:

Coaches AP Massey
1 Mississippi State Mississippi State Alabama
2 Florida State Florida State Ole Miss
3 Alabama Alabama Mississippi State
4 Auburn Auburn Auburn
5 Michigan State Oregon Florida State
6 Oregon Notre Dame Georgia
7 Notre Dame Ole Miss Oregon
8 Georgia Michigan State LSU
9 Ole Miss Georgia Kansas State
11 Kansas State Kansas State Michigan State
12 Baylor Baylor Oklahoma
13 Ohio State Ohio State Arizona State
14 Arizona State Arizona Baylor
15 Arizona Arizona State Notre Dame
16 Nebraska LSU Clemson
17 LSU Nebraska Nebraska
18 Utah Utah Texas A&M
19 East Carolina Oklahoma West Virginia
20 Oklahoma West Virginia Arizona
21 Clemson East Carolina Ohio State
22 West Virginia Clemson UCLA
23 Marshall Marshall Missouri
24 Duke Duke Utah

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 late 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.

The Massey Rating: An early-Sunday computer ranking. This is not the Massey 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/+ Massey
1 Ole Miss 2 1 Mississippi State Mississippi State Ole Miss Ole Miss
2 Mississippi State 3 2 Florida State Florida State Oklahoma Alabama
3 Alabama 3.25 3 Ole Miss Ole Miss Alabama Auburn
4 Auburn 4.75 4 Alabama Alabama TCU Mississippi State
4 Florida State 4.75 5 Auburn Michigan State Auburn Florida State
6 Oregon 6.75 6 Oregon Auburn Mississippi State Georgia
7 TCU 8 7 Notre Dame Oregon Oregon Oregon
8 Georgia 8.25 8 Michigan State Notre Dame Ohio State TCU
9 Michigan State 10 9 Georgia Georgia Georgia Michigan State
10 Notre Dame 11.25 10 TCU TCU Florida State Kansas State
11 Oklahoma 12.25 11 Kansas State Kansas State Clemson Notre Dame
12 Ohio State 12.75 12 Baylor Ohio State UCLA Oklahoma
13 Baylor 13 13 Ohio State Baylor Arizona State Baylor
14 Kansas State 13.75 14 Arizona State Arizona State Baylor Clemson
15 Arizona State 14.25 15 Arizona Arizona Louisville LSU
16 Clemson 16.5 16 Nebraska Nebraska Marshall Arizona State
17 Nebraska 17.25 17 Oklahoma East Carolina Nebraska Texas A&M
18 Arizona 20.5 18 East Carolina Oklahoma Michigan State Ohio State
19 Utah 20.75 19 Utah Utah Notre Dame UCLA
20 UCLA 21 20 USC Clemson Virginia Tech Nebraska
20 USC 21 21 Clemson USC USC Missouri
22 Marshall 22 22 West Virginia Marshall West Virginia USC
23 LSU 22.25 23 Marshall LSU Kansas State Arizona
24 West Virginia 23.25 24 LSU Minnesota Duke West Virginia
25 East Carolina 26.5 25 UCLA West Virginia Georgia Tech Utah