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2014 college football rankings, Week 12: Alabama tops composite Top 25

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Pairing the two big human polls with a computer ranking and a gathering of a whole bunch of rankings gives us a familiar No. 1 this week. Let's see on Tuesday what the Playoff committee thinks.

Week 11 saw the Playoff picture come into further focus -- a number of contenders had to face each other, and two more ranked teams (Auburn and West Virginia) fell to unranked opponents (Texas A&M and Texas). Auburn's loss opened a spot in the top four, while former contenders Kansas State, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, LSU and Utah all suffered defeats to fellow contenders.

Mississippi State and Florida State hold on to their top two spots in the polls, while Oregon and Alabama hold the other two -- the Ducks higher in the AP Poll, the Tide higher in the Coaches. TCU and Baylor immediately follow those two in both polls, while Ohio State and Arizona State come next (the Sun Devils higher in the AP and the Buckeyes higher in the Coaches).

The official Playoff rankings come out Tuesday (here are the seven big final scores that'll change those), but we'll try to hold you over until then with these!

Composite Average AP Coaches F/+ Massey collection
1 Alabama 2.25 1 Mississippi State Mississippi State Alabama Alabama
2 Mississippi State 2.5 2 Florida State Florida State Ole Miss Mississippi St
3 Oregon 3.5 3 Oregon Alabama Ohio State Oregon
4 Florida State 5 4 Alabama Oregon Oregon TCU
5 TCU 5.25 5 TCU TCU Auburn Ole Miss
6 Ohio State 6.75 6 Baylor Baylor Mississippi State Auburn
6 Ole Miss 6.75 7 Arizona State Ohio State TCU Florida State
8 Baylor 7 8 Ohio State Arizona State Baylor Baylor
8 Auburn 7.25 9 Auburn Auburn Florida State Ohio State
10 Arizona State 10.25 10 Ole Miss Ole Miss LSU Arizona State
11 Nebraska 12.75 11 Nebraska Nebraska Oklahoma Georgia
12 Kansas State 13.33333333 12 Michigan State Michigan State Miami UCLA
13 Georgia 13.5 13 Kansas State Kansas State Georgia LSU
14 UCLA 15.25 14 UCLA Georgia Nebraska Kansas State
15 LSU 15.75 15 Notre Dame UCLA Louisville Nebraska
16 Michigan State 16.25 16 Georgia Notre Dame Arizona State Michigan State
17 Clemson 17.75 17 Arizona Clemson Georgia Tech Oklahoma
18 Notre Dame 18 18 Clemson Arizona Clemson Clemson
19 Arizona 19.33333333 19 Duke Duke Wisconsin Notre Dame
20 Oklahoma 19.5 20 LSU LSU UCLA Marshall
21 Marshall 20.75 21 Marshall Marshall Marshall Texas A&M
22 Wisconsin 21.25 22 Wisconsin Wisconsin Notre Dame Wisconsin
23 Duke 21.5 23 Colorado State Georgia Tech Duke Arizona
24 Georgia Tech 22 24 Georgia Tech Oklahoma USC Georgia Tech
25 Colorado State 24 25 Utah Colorado State Michigan State Duke

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 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/+ Computer composite
1 Mississippi State 1.75 1 Mississippi State Mississippi State Auburn Auburn
2 Auburn 2 2 Florida State Florida State Oregon Mississippi State
3 Alabama 4 3 Auburn Auburn Mississippi State Alabama
4 Florida State 4.25 4 Alabama Alabama Ole Miss Ole Miss
5 Oregon 4.5 5 Oregon Oregon Alabama Florida State
6 TCU 7.5 6 TCU Michigan State Oklahoma Oregon
7 Ole Miss 8.25 7 Michigan State TCU Ohio State TCU
8 Michigan State 8.75 8 Notre Dame Notre Dame Florida State Kansas State
9 Kansas State 10.25 9 Kansas State Kansas State LSU LSU
10 Ohio State 11.5 10 Baylor Baylor TCU Oklahoma
11 LSU 11.75 11 Arizona State Ohio State Michigan State Michigan State
12 Oklahoma 12 12 Ole Miss Arizona State Miami Notre Dame
13 Notre Dame 12.5 13 Ohio State Ole Miss Clemson Baylor
14 Baylor 12.75 14 LSU Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska
15 Nebraska 14.25 15 Nebraska LSU Kansas State Ohio State
16 Arizona State 15 16 Oklahoma Oklahoma UCLA Arizona State
17 UCLA 17.25 17 Georgia Georgia Louisville UCLA
18 Clemson 17.5 18 UCLA UCLA Baylor Georgia
19 Georgia 18 19 Clemson Clemson Georgia Tech Clemson
20 Marshall 23 20 Utah Duke Georgia West Virginia
21 Arizona 23.25 21 Arizona Arizona Arizona State Marshall
22 Wisconsin 23.75 22 Duke Utah Notre Dame Wisconsin
23 Duke 24.75 23 Marshall Marshall USC Arizona
24 Utah 25 24 West Virginia Wisconsin Wisconsin Utah
25 USC 26 25 Wisconsin West Virginia Marshall USC