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Saturday's 7 things that will most change the College Football Playoff rankings

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New College Football Playoff rankings won't be out until Tuesday, but here's a look at the games that made the most impact. Full FBS final scores below.

1. Texas A&M 41, No. 3 Auburn 38

For once, a late play went against Auburn. Two of them, actually: a fumble by Nick Marshall inside the Aggie 5-yard line and a fumbled exchange between Marshall and center Reese Dismukes. Both ruined a potential game-tying (or game-winning) Tiger drive. The latter of the two allowed the Aggies to escape Jordan-Hare with a huge upset win.

With both No. 20 Georgia and No. 5 Alabama still remaining on the schedule, the road was never going to be easy for Auburn to make the College Football Playoff. Falling this weekend simply brought those Playoff chances to an end a little earlier. The SEC West title looks out of reach as well -- the Tigers would need an absurd amount of chaos to unfold in front of them to make up their two-game deficit to Mississippi State, which also holds the tiebreaker.

The Tigers still have quality wins and should land around the top 10.

2. No. 5 Alabama 20, No. 16 LSU 13 (OT)

It took a gutsy, last-second drive to even force overtime, but in the extra period it was all Alabama. Blake Sims hit DeAndrew White for what would become the game-winning touchdown. The Tide won more than just a mere rivalry game, though. Thanks to Auburn's fall against Texas A&M, Nick Saban's group looks set to take over a vacated top-four Playoff spot on Tuesday, probably right behind Oregon, which was No. 4 and won at No. 17 Utah, 51-27.

How long they stay there, though, is still very much up in the air. Alabama still has to play No. 1 Mississippi State next weekend, and then Auburn to close the season ...

3. No. 6 TCU 41, No. 7 Kansas State 20

... which is why the Horned Frogs might be the biggest winners this week. They cleared the last major hurdle on their schedule by beating Kansas State fairly handily at home. With either Alabama or Mississippi State guaranteed to fall next week, TCU is in very good shape to end up in the Playoff, come January.

4. No. 9 Arizona State 55, No. 10 Notre Dame 31

Four Everett Golson interceptions keyed Arizona State's blowout victory against the Irish, and with winnable games the next two weeks against Oregon State and Washington State, the Devils may play for a Pac-12 Championship Game appearance in the Territorial Cup against Arizona. Grab a W in that one, which would officially be against Oregon, and a Playoff bid will be in sight.

Notre Dame can say goodnight to its hopes of a Playoff slot. True, the Irish have lost only against the No. 2 and No. 9 teams in the country, but their wins have hardly come against anyone noteworthy, either. At this point, they'll remain in the conversation for an at-large New Year's Day bowl, although even that may take some Irish luck.

5. No. 14 Ohio State 49, No. 8 Michigan State 37

It was 11 months in the making, but Urban Meyer finally got his revenge, returning a crippling blow to Michigan State's Playoff hopes. Had they won out, the Spartans would have probably the Big Ten's best chance at a Playoff representative. Instead, they may not even make it to the conference championship, as Ohio State now has a one-game lead and the tiebreaker.

With the win -- their seventh straight -- the Buckeyes should continue their climb back up the rankings, and should hop into the top 10 this week.

6. No. 12 Baylor 48, No. 15 Oklahoma 14

At the end of the first quarter, Oklahoma led, 14-3. Then Baylor being Baylor happened. The Bears turned on their scoreboard-destroying contraption of an offense and scored the next 45 points, rolling to a blowout victory in Norman.

Due to a cotton-soft out-of-conference schedule, the Bears still have more work to do before they can seriously be considered a Playoff team, but a win like this sure helps. The Big 12 tiebreaker over TCU gives the Bears another advantage down the stretch. So too, do the losses by Notre Dame and Auburn.

Get past Kansas State on Dec. 6, and who knows?

7. Texas 33, No. 23 West Virginia 16

The month of November has not been kind to the Mountaineers. Since the calendar turned, they've lost two in a row, their Big 12 title hopes, and come Tuesday, their ranking in the CFP top 25.

Full FBS final scores

Saturday

No. 1 Mississippi State 45, Tennessee-Martin 16 (recap)
No. 2 Florida State 34, Virginia 20 (recap)
Texas A&M 41, No. 3 Auburn 38 (recap)
No. 4 Oregon 51, No. 17 Utah 27 (recap)
No. 5 Alabama 20, No. 16 LSU 13 (OT) (recap)
No. 6 TCU 41, No. 7 Kansas State 20 (recap)
No. 14 Ohio State 49, No. 8 Michigan State 37 (recap)
No. 9 Arizona State 55, No. 10 Notre Dame 31 (recap)
No. 11 Ole Miss 48, Presbyterian 0
No. 12 Baylor 48, No. 15 Oklahoma 14 (recap)
No. 18 UCLA 44, Washington 30 (recap)
No. 19 Arizona 38, Colorado 20 (recap)
No. 20 Georgia 63, Kentucky 31 (recap)
No. 22 Duke 27, Syracuse 10 (recap)
Texas 33, No. 23 West Virginia 16 (recap)
No. 24 Georgia Tech 56, NC State 23 (recap)
No. 25 Wisconsin 34, Purdue 16 (recap)
Air Force 48, UNLV 21
Appalachian State 31, Louisiana-Monroe 29 (recap)
Arkansas State 45, South Alabama 10 (recap)
Army 35, Connecticut 21 (recap)
Boise State 60, New Mexico 49 (recap)
Colorado State 49, Hawaii 22
Florida 34, Vanderbilt 10 (recap)
Fresno State 38, San Jose State 24
Georgia Southern 28, Texas State 25 (recap)
Kansas 34, Iowa State 14 (recap)
Louisiana Tech 40, UAB 24
Louisiana-Lafayette 44, New Mexico State 16 (recap)
Louisville 38, Boston College 19 (recap)
Marshall 63, Southern Miss 17 (recap)
Michigan 10, Northwestern 9 (OH THE HUMANITY)
Minnesota 51, Iowa 14 (recap)
North Texas 31, Florida Atlantic 10 (recap)
Old Dominion 38, Florida International 35 (recap)
Penn State 13, Indiana 7 (recap)
Rice 17, UTSA 7 (recap)
San Diego State 35, Idaho 21 (recap)
Troy 45, Georgia State 21 (recap)
Tulane 31, Houston 24
Tulsa 38, SMU 28
Washington State 39, Oregon State 32 (recap)
Western Kentucky 35, UTEP 27

Weeknight games

No. 21 Clemson 34, Wake Forest 20 (recap)
Bowling Green 27, Akron 10
Memphis 16, Temple 13 (recap)
Northern Illinois 35, Ball State 21 (recap)
Ohio 37, Buffalo 14 (recap)
Toledo 30, Kent State 20
Utah State 20, Wyoming 3 (recap)