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New College Football Playoff rankings, Alabama and Oregon still on top

The two most noteworthy gains: UCLA into the top eight and Arizona vaulting from No. 15 to No. 11. Oh, and two non-power-conference teams are finally ranked.

After a few weeks of seeing the rankings shuffle at the top of the College Football Playoff selection committee's top 25, things finally slowed down a little bit heading into rivalry week, the last week of the regular season for most teams. This past week, few of the nation's top teams played anyone of significance, and there were only a handful of top 25 games total.

There was still a bit more shuffling after what we saw this weekend. The most obvious question entering Tuesday night was whether the selection committee saw enough merit in Baylor's win over Oklahoma State to move the Bears over TCU, who they have beaten head-to-head, in the rankings. What about Florida State? After yet another close call, this time against Boston College, would the Seminoles fall yet again in the rankings, despite their undefeated record? Would Ohio State be punished for its lack of "game control" against Indiana, and would fellow Big Ten upstart Minnesota ascend into the top 20?

Here are the answers to those questions, along with some more information:

Rank Team Last week Week 13 result Toughest opponent left (per F/+) If the season ended today ...
1 Alabama (10-1) 1 Won 48-14 vs. Western Carolina Auburn Sugar Bowl vs. Mississippi State
2 Oregon (10-1) 2 Won 44-10 vs. Colorado Oregon State Rose Bowl vs. Florida State
3 Florida State (11-0) 3 Won 20-17 vs. Boston College Florida Rose Bowl vs. Oregon
4 Mississippi State (10-1) 4 Won 51-0 vs. Vanderbilt Ole Miss Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama
5 TCU (9-1) 5 Idle Texas New Year's bowl
6 Ohio State (10-1) 6 Won 42-27 vs. Indiana Michigan Orange Bowl vs. Georgia Tech
7 Baylor (9-1) 7 Won 49-28 vs. Oklahoma State Kansas State New Year's bowl
8 UCLA (8-3) 9 Won 38-20 vs. No. 19 USC Stanford New Year's bowl
9 Georgia (9-2) 10 Won 55-9 vs. Charleston Southern Georgia Tech New Year's bowl
10 Michigan State (9-2) 11 Won 45-3 vs. Rutgers Penn State New Year's bowl
11 Arizona (9-2) 15 Won 42-10 at No. 17 Utah Arizona State
12 Kansas State (9-2) 12 Won 26-20 at West Virginia Baylor
13 Arizona State (9-2) 13 Won 52-31 vs. Washington State Arizona
14 Wisconsin (8-2) 16 Won 59-24 vs. No. 16 Nebraska Minnesota
15 Auburn (8-3) 14 Won 31-7 vs. Samford Alabama
16 Georgia Tech (9-2) 18 Idle Georgia Orange Bowl vs. Ohio State
17 Missouri (9-2) 20 Won 29-21 at Tennessee Arkansas
18 Minnesota (8-3) 25 Won 28-24 at No. 23 Nebraska Wisconsin
19 Ole Miss (8-3) 8 Lost 30-0 at Arkansas Mississippi State
20 Oklahoma (8-3) 21 Won 44-7 vs. Kansas Oklahoma State
21 Clemson (8-3) 22 Won 28-0 vs. Georgia State South Carolina
22 Louisville (8-3) 24 Won 31-28 at Notre Dame Kentucky
23 Boise State (9-2) NR Won 63-14 at Wyoming Utah State New Year's bowl
24 Marshall (11-0) NR Won 23-18 at UAB Western Kentucky
25 Utah (7-4) 17 Lost 42-10 vs. No. 15 Arizona Colorado

Here's a look at everything that's at stake during rivalry week.

Note: This post is an adapted version of one from earlier Tuesday.