After keeping their perfect record in tact with an incredible comeback victory, the Florida State Seminoles regained the nation’s No. 1 ranking Sunday in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll.
The Seminoles were last ranked No. 1 in the seventh week of the season, before Mississippi State surged past them with a slew of victories in the SEC. Down by 13 points at halftime, the Seminoles staged a thrilling comeback to thwart in-state rival Miami’s upset bid and won 30-26. Florida State has taken plenty of criticism for a schedule loaded with unranked opponents, but has shown great resilience throughout the season.
The Bulldogs suffered the first blemish on their record this season, losing to Alabama 25-20, but they slipped only three spots to No.4. However, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen and his squad are likely more concerned as to how far it fell in the College Football Playoff committee’s eyes.
Buoyed by the victory, head coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide moved up two spots to No. 2, while taking control of the SEC West division. Alabama’s won five straight and could solidify a postseason spot with wins over Western Carolina and visiting Auburn in the next two weeks.
The biggest rise of the week belongs to Wisconsin, which climbed to eight spots to No. 14 behind running back Melvin Gordon's record-shattering 408-yard performance.
Sitting out this week, Oregon continues to hold down the No. 3 ranking, but TCU needed a 21-point, third-quarter rally to hold back Kansas to remain at No. 5.
The new rankings also placed the Georgia Bulldogs back in the top 10 after they routed Auburn, 34-7. Georgia and Auburn essentially switched places in the poll, with the Bulldogs overtaking the No. 9 spot and the Tigers No. 16.
Other notable drops belong to Arizona State and Notre Dame. The Sun Devils fell from No. 7 to No. 13 following the 35-27 letdown to Oregon State. Losing 43-40 to Northwestern, the Irish took a huge dive out of the Top 25.
The full poll results can be found here.