MSU re­mains No. 16 in CFP rank­ings, while Alabama moves into the top spot


From Wire, Special Re­ports

Af­ter giv­ing No. 1 Alabama its tough­est test of the sea­son and play­ing three teams ranked in the cur­rent top seven, Mis­sis­sippi State foot­ball holds strong at No. 16 in the lat­est Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off rank­ings un­veiled Tues­day night.

It's the third straight week that the Bull­dogs (7-3, 3-3 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) are No. 16 in the rank­ings. MSU is the only ranked team to play three teams in the cur­rent top seven. State is the fourth-high­est ranked South­east­ern Con­fer­ence team and the high­est ranked three-loss team in the na­tion.

The Bull­dogs have been ranked in 13 of the 22 Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off rank­ings dat­ing back to 2014.

MSU seeks to bounce back in its fi­nal road game of the year as it trav­els to take on Arkansas at 11 a.m. Satur­day from Ra­zor­back Sta­dium. The con­test will be tele­vised live on CBS.

Alabama is the new No. 1 in the CFP rank­ings, with Clem­son up to No. 2 and Mi­ami and Oklahoma join­ing the top four for the first time.

Wis­con­sin was fifth and Auburn was up to sixth in the rank­ings.

The Crim­son Tide had been sec­ond be­hind Georgia in the first two se­lec­tion com­mit­tee rank­ings, but the Bull­dogs and pre­vi­ously No. 3 Notre Dame were beaten last week­end, open­ing up the top for changes.

Clem­son moved up from fourth and un­beaten Mi­ami jumped from sev­enth to third, giv­ing the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence two top four teams. Oklahoma moved up one spot.

Un­beaten Wis­con­sin moved up from eighth and is the high­est-ranked Big Ten team. Auburn is the high­est-ranked team with two losses.

Georgia is sev­enth and Notre Dame is eighth.

CFP Rank­ings (Nov. 14)

1. Alabama

2. Clem­son

3. Mi­ami (Fla.)

4. Oklahoma

5. Wis­con­sin

6. Auburn

7. Georgia

8. Notre Dame

9. Ohio State

10. Penn State

11. USC

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