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The third edition of the first-ever College Football Playoff committee's top 25 sees the Ducks and Frogs rise. Full rankings below.

The College Football Playoff committee had a number of interesting questions this week after a hectic Week 11. What do you do with Auburn, which fell to unranked Texas A&M after two late fumbles? Should TCU and Arizona State get consideration over Alabama for that vacant top-four spot, after dominating victories over highly ranked opponents? How high would Ohio State rise after running right through Michigan State?

And who would replace ex-No. 23 West Virginia? The committee went without a mid-major last week, but Marshall had another strong showing against an overmatched opponent. Colorado State was another possible candidate, but the Thundering Herd had the undefeated record advantage.

The answers are in, including one big surprise: Oregon jumping No. 2 Florida State after winning at Utah. TCU rises to the No. 4 spot, with the rest of the top 10 getting a significant shuffling. As for that top non-power-conference spot, it remains a mystery for the second week in a row.

Here's the new top 25 heading into Week 12, which now features a No. 1 vs. No. 4 game on Saturday. Also, the toughest opponents left for each, according to Football Outsiders, and the updated New Year's picture (remember that the Orange Bowl has deals with the ACC and SEC).

Rank Team Last week Week 11 result Toughest opponent left (per F/+) If the season ended today ...
1 Mississippi State (9-0) 1 Won 45-16 vs. Tennessee-Martin Alabama Sugar Bowl vs. TCU
2 Oregon (9-1) 4 Won 51-27 at No. 17 Utah Oregon State Rose Bowl vs. Florida State
3 Florida State (9-0) 2 Won 34-20 vs. Virginia Miami Rose Bowl vs. Oregon
4 TCU (8-1) 6 Won 41-20 vs. No. 7 Kansas State Texas Sugar Bowl vs. Mississippi State
5 Alabama (8-1) 5 Won 20-13 (OT) at No. 16 LSU Auburn Orange Bowl vs. Clemson
6 Arizona State (8-1) 14 Won 55-31 vs. No. 10 Notre Dame Arizona New Year's bowl
7 Baylor (8-1) 13 Won 48-14 at No. 15 Oklahoma Kansas State New Year's bowl
8 Ohio State (8-1) 14 Won 49-37 at No. 8 Michigan State Minnesota New Year's bowl
9 Auburn (7-2) 3 Lost 41-38 vs. Texas A&M Alabama New Year's bowl
10 Ole Miss (8-2) 12 Won 48-0 vs. Presbyterian Mississippi State New Year's bowl
11 UCLA (8-2) 18 Won 44-30 at Washington USC New Year's bowl
12 Michigan State (7-2) 8 Lost 49-37 vs. No. 14 Ohio State Maryland
13 Kansas State (7-2) 7 Lost 41-20 at No. 6 TCU Baylor
14 Arizona (7-2) 19 Won 38-20 vs. Colorado Arizona State
15 Georgia (7-2) 20 Won 63-31 at Kentucky Auburn
16 Nebraska (8-1) 13 Idle Wisconsin
17 LSU (7-3) 16 Lost 20-13 (OT) vs. No. 5 Alabama Arkansas
18 Notre Dame (7-2) 10 Lost 55-31 at No. 9 Arizona State Louisville
19 Clemson (7-2) 21 Won 34-20 at Wake Forest Georgia Tech Orange Bowl vs. Alabama
20 Wisconsin (7-2) 25 Won 34-16 at Purdue Nebraska
21 Duke (8-1) 22 Won 27-10 at Syracuse Virginia Tech
22 Georgia Tech (8-2) 24 Won 56-23 at NC State Georgia
23 Utah (6-3) 17 Lost 51-27 vs. No. 4 Oregon Arizona
24 Texas A&M (7-3) NR Won 41-38 at No. 3 Auburn LSU
25 Minnesota (7-2) NR Won 51-14 vs. Iowa Ohio State

Note: This is an updated version of a story from earlier Tuesday, which forecasted Tuesday night's rankings reveal.