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College Football Playoff Rankings - 3rd Edition, 11 November 2014

Looking at the rankings for this week.

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The Committee's rankings have been released and the Tigers have dropped from a sure spot in the playoff down to #9. Let's take a look at the rankings as a whole and then we'll look at what it means for Auburn.

Rank Team Last week Week 11 result Toughest opponent left (per F/+) If the season ended today ...
1 Mississippi State (9-0) 1 Won 45-16 vs. Tennessee-Martin Alabama Sugar Bowl vs. TCU
2 Oregon (9-1) 4 Won 51-27 at No. 17 Utah Oregon State Rose Bowl vs. Florida State
3 Florida State (9-0) 2 Won 34-20 vs. Virginia Miami Rose Bowl vs. Oregon
4 TCU (8-1) 6 Won 41-20 vs. No. 7 Kansas State Texas Sugar Bowl vs. Mississippi State
5 Alabama (8-1) 5 Won 20-13 (OT) at No. 16 LSU Auburn Orange Bowl vs. Clemson
6 Arizona State (8-1) 14 Won 55-31 vs. No. 10 Notre Dame Arizona New Year's bowl
7 Baylor (8-1) 13 Won 48-14 at No. 15 Oklahoma Kansas State New Year's bowl
8 Ohio State (8-1) 14 Won 49-37 at No. 8 Michigan State Minnesota New Year's bowl
9 Auburn (7-2) 3 Lost 41-38 vs. Texas A&M Alabama New Year's bowl
10 Ole Miss (8-2) 12 Won 48-0 vs. Presbyterian Mississippi State New Year's bowl
11 UCLA (8-2) 18 Won 44-30 at Washington USC New Year's bowl
12 Michigan State (7-2) 8 Lost 49-37 vs. No. 14 Ohio State Maryland
13 Kansas State (7-2) 7 Lost 41-20 at No. 6 TCU Baylor
14 Arizona (7-2) 19 Won 38-20 vs. Colorado Arizona State
15 Georgia (7-2) 20 Won 63-31 at Kentucky Auburn
16 Nebraska (8-1) 13 Idle Wisconsin
17 LSU (7-3) 16 Lost 20-13 (OT) vs. No. 5 Alabama Arkansas
18 Notre Dame (7-2) 10 Lost 55-31 at No. 9 Arizona State Louisville
19 Clemson (7-2) 21 Won 34-20 at Wake Forest Georgia Tech Orange Bowl vs. Alabama
20 Wisconsin (7-2) 25 Won 34-16 at Purdue Nebraska
21 Duke (8-1) 22 Won 27-10 at Syracuse Virginia Tech
22 Georgia Tech (8-2) 24 Won 56-23 at NC State Georgia
23 Utah (6-3) 17 Lost 51-27 vs. No. 4 Oregon Arizona
24 Texas A&M (7-3) NR Won 41-38 at No. 3 Auburn LSU
25 Minnesota (7-2) NR Won 51-14 vs. Iowa Ohio State

Things of Note:

Texas A&M sneaks back in at #24, which actually helps Auburn a great bit. LSU only drops one spot to #17. Georgia is at #15, Kansas State falls to #13. Ole Miss is there right at the edge of the Top 10 at #10. All of these are teams on Auburn's schedule. Along with Alabama and Mississippi State in the Top 6.

What It Means For Auburn:

Can the Tigers sneak back in to the playoffs? Yes. Yes, they can. Will they? It's not likely. Auburn will need to win the SEC and see a number of teams ahead of them lose or the Committee to jump them up. Auburn making it back into the playoff hinges upon there being a number of two-loss conference champions. It could very well still happen. Ohio State will still have to play a conference championship, as will Oregon - which jumped Florida State for the #2 slot.

Bottom line: The Tigers still have a lot to play for. Even if it's just a good bowl game, but there is still a very small chance that Auburn could play their way back into the playoff situation if enough teams ahead of them stumble. Remember that back in 2007 everything looked very different going into the last few games. So go out there and give the Tigers all the support you have in you and cheer them through.

War Eagle.