TCU jumps to No. 3 in penultimate College Football Playoff Rankings

TCU moved into the top four and jumped Florida State in the penultimate College Football Playoff Rankings.

Alabama and Oregon kept the top two spots, while TCU replaced Mississippi State following the Bulldogs’ loss to Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl. The Horned Frogs also jumped past undefeated Florida State in the process.

The Seminoles have limped through the bulk of their relatively weak ACC schedule and have needed several second half comebacks to keep their 28-game winning streak alive, giving the committee a reason to demote them in the rankings.

Ohio State moved up to No. 5, while Baylor sits right behind them at No. 6. The Bears defeated TCU earlier in the season, but dropped to unranked West Virginia a few weeks later, marking the committee’s thought process for ranking TCU ahead of Baylor.

Ole Miss was the biggest mover in this week’s rankings, having moved from No. 19 to No. 12, while UCLA represented the biggest drop after falling from No. 8 to No. 15. No. 24 LSU and No. 25 USC both reentered the poll, replacing Minnesota and Marshall.

Each of the top four teams play their final games of the season this weekend. No. 2 Oregon plays No. 7 Arizona in the Pac-12 championship on Friday, then No. 1 Alabama faces No. 16 Missouri in the SEC championship, No. 4 Florida State faces No. 11 Georgia Tech in the ACC championship and TCU hosts 2-9 Iowa State on Saturday.

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