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College football rankings: Compiling the Top 25s

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Who replaces Mississippi State in the top four?The playoff rankings will be released Tuesday.

Rivalry Week has come and passed, with the usual shenanigans taking place. Seven ranked teams fell this week, including five by the hand of other ranked opponents.

How far will Mississippi State fall after their two touchdown Egg Bowl loss to Ole Miss? Will TCU replace them in the top four, or will Baylor or Ohio State make a run at it? Where does UCLA end up after their loss to Stanford? How high will Arizona rise after their win over Arizona State, before their matchup with Oregon? What about Georgia Tech, upset winners over Georgia, before their game against Florida State?

We have some answers for you now, with the AP Poll, Coaches Poll and computer composite rankings via Massey. The official Playoff rankings come out Tuesday but we'll try to hold you over until then with these.

AP Coaches Massey composite
1 Alabama Alabama Alabama
2 Florida State Florida State Oregon
3 Oregon Oregon TCU
4 TCU TCU Florida State
5 Baylor Baylor Baylor
6 Ohio State Ohio State Mississippi State
7 Michigan State Michigan State Ole Miss
8 Arizona Arizona Ohio State
9 Kansas State Kansas State Michigan State
10 Mississippi State Mississippi State Arizona
11 Wisconsin Wisconsin Kansas State
12 Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia
13 Ole Miss Missouri Auburn
14 Missouri Ole Miss UCLA
15 Georgia Georgia Missouri
16 UCLA Oklahoma Georgia Tech
17 Arizona State UCLA Oklahoma
18 Oklahoma Arizona State LSU
19 Clemson Clemson Wisconsin
20 Auburn Louisville Arizona State
21 Louisville Auburn USC
22 Boise State Boise State Clemson
23 LSU Nebraska Arkansas
24 Utah LSU Stanford
25 Nebraska Minnesota Louisville

The four rankings we use:

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 computer composite: A collection of ... every rating out there. By including it here, we're giving extra weight to the two human polls, since they're already two of the dozens of ratings included in the Massey. It changes over the course of the week as more rankings arrive, so we've included the latest version as of publication.

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 composite
1 Alabama 1.25 1 Florida State Alabama Alabama Alabama
2 Oregon 2.5 2 Alabama Florida State Oregon Oregon
3 Florida State 3.75 3 Oregon Oregon Ohio State Mississippi State
4 Mississippi State 4.5 4 Mississippi State Mississippi State Mississippi State TCU
5 TCU 5.75 5 Baylor TCU TCU Florida State
6 Ohio State 5.25 6 TCU Baylor Georgia Georgia
7 Baylor 7.75 7 Ohio State Ohio State Florida State Ohio State
8 Georgia 10 8 Georgia Michigan State Auburn Baylor
9 UCLA 11.25 9 UCLA Georgia Ole Miss UCLA
10 Michigan State 15.25 10 Michigan State UCLA Baylor Auburn
11 Auburn 11.5 11 Kansas State Kansas State Oklahoma Ole Miss
12 Wisconsin 12.25 12 Arizona Arizona Georgia Tech Michigan State
13 Kansas State 17.75 13 Arizona State Arizona State Wisconsin Kansas State
14 Ole Miss 14.5 14 Wisconsin Wisconsin LSU Wisconsin
15 Georgia Tech 16.25 15 Auburn Georgia Tech UCLA Oklahoma
16 Oklahoma 12.5 16 Georgia Tech Auburn Louisville Arizona
16 Missouri 14.33333333 17 Missouri Missouri Miami Missouri
18 Arizona 18.33333333 18 Ole Miss Oklahoma Michigan State Marshall
18 Arizona State 24 19 Marshall Ole Miss Marshall Georgia Tech
20 Marshall 20.25 20 Oklahoma Marshall Clemson Arizona State
21 Louisville 22.75 21 Colorado State Colorado State Kansas State LSU
22 LSU 19.25 22 Minnesota Minnesota Arkansas Arkansas
23 Clemson 22 23 Clemson Louisville Arizona State Louisville
24 Arkansas 24.75 24 Louisville Clemson Notre Dame Clemson
25 Colorado State 27.25 25 Boise State Boise State Nebraska Boise State